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12/11/2019 JACK BLACK URGES EVERYONE TO "CONSIDER GOING VEGAN"

Actor Jack Black highlighted the environmental importance of following a plant-based diet during a recent interview with WIRED Autocomplete interview. The video interview tasked Black and comedian Awkwafina to answer the most Google-searched questions about themselves. In response to "Is Jack Black actor vegan?," Black says, "No. But I would like to be. I am in spirit and, really, it's time for everyone to consider that lifestyle. Why? For the environment. It turns out that I found out that vegans are better for the environment. Why? Cow farts." Black was referring the copious amount of methane released by farmed cows (through farts and burps). Last year, an Oxford University study found that the meat and dairy industry are responsible for 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and if individuals removed animal products from their diets, they would reduce their carbon footprint by 73 percent. Black's newest film Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters this week and stars Kevin Hart—who shared his plans to transition to a plant-based diet with his nearly 80 million Instagram followers earlier this year. (vegnews.com)

12/09/2019 TWO GUYS IN MEXICO CREATED VEGAN LEATHER FROM CACTUS

Mexican entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez recently debuted Desserto, the first organic leather made entirely from the nopal (or prickly-pear) cactus. The entrepreneurs' aim was to create a sustainable, cruelty-free alternative to animal leather. The material is partially biodegradable and has the technical specifications required by the fashion, leather goods, furniture, and automotive industries. Thanks to its flexibility, breathability, and durability of at least 10 years, the cactus leather has the ability to replace the use of animal leather and synthetic materials that are not environmentally friendly. López Velarde and Cázarez quit their jobs to focus on developing Desserto, also known as cactus or nopal vegan leather. "After two years of research and development, we managed to produce a suitable material that complies with the features and technical/mechanical specifications required by those industries that use animal or synthetic leather," López Velarde told media outlet Fashion United. "Also, thanks to its organic composition, it is breathable, which makes cactus or nopal vegan leather similar to animal leather." (vegnews.com)

12/06/2019 NEW JERSEY BANS SHARK FIN SALES STATEWIDE

Last week, the New Jersey Assembly passed A4845, a bill that prohibits the sale and trade of shark fins, by a vote of 53 to 18. While shark-finning—the practice of cutting off a shark's fin while they are still alive and throwing them back into the ocean to die—is prohibited under federal law, sale of the product (sourced from places where finning is legal) continues in the United States. "This critical law will ensure that the ecologically wasteful and cruel trade will be prohibited within New Jersey's borders," Brian R. Hackett, New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, said. New Jersey joins several other states that currently have a similar ban in place, including California, Maryland, and Illinois. The week before, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (a federal bill prohibiting the import, export, possession, trade, and distribution of shark fins) passed in the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 310 to 107 and went on to the Senate for a vote. (vegnews.com)

12/04/2019 MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD COMPANIES ARE WORKING TO ADVANCE PLANT-BASED OPTIONS

A majority of the largest companies in the world are working to advance plant-based protein in the Western diet, according to new report "The Future of Food" compiled by nonprofit Forum for the Future. The report analyzed the business activities of 132 of the world's largest food companies to determine if they are working toward the Protein Challenge 2040—an international collaboration between NGOs and businesses to solve the dilemma of feeding the growing population while mitigating environmental damage caused by food production. Researchers found that 41 percent of meat and dairy producers (such as Smithfield, JBS, and Nestlé) are actively increasing the availability of plant-based protein either in their own product lines or through acquisitions and investments. The majority of food and ingredient manufacturers (79 percent), retailers (52 percent), and food service providers and restaurants (61 percent) are all adding plant-based meals to menus and portfolios, focusing on setting sales-based targets of plant-based foods, and making public commitments to expand their plant-based offerings. (vegnews.com)

12/02/2019 KID CHALLENGES TRUMP TO GO VEGAN FOR $1M DONATION TO VETERANS

The brazen 9-year-old from Melbourne, Fla., made the bold offer Sunday morning in a series of advertisements planted on billboards, television spots and print media. He wants to make a deal with Donald Trump: Go vegan for the month of January, and he'll donate $1 million dollars to veterans. "He's the president of our country, and pretty much everyone wants a healthy president," Evan, a vegan and animal-rights activist, told The Post. And if President Trump doesn't accept Evan's offer? That's a $1 million donation down the drain for veterans. Evan is confident Trump will be able to put his love for fast-food burgers aside for the cause. The cash won't be put up by Evan himself, but by the nonprofit he's representing called Million Dollar Vegan, which seeks to fight "climate change with diet change." The vegan advocacy group — which was behind a similar stunt earlier this year that challenged Pope Francis to try a plant-based diet for Lent — said they'll be ready to cash out within one hour if the president agrees on Twitter. (nypost.com)

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