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on 05 October 2018

The United Nations environment arm names CEOs of plant-based companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as top innovators to address inefficiencies in meat production, the “world’s most urgent problem.” Global organization the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a synopsis about its 2018 “Champion of the Earth” winners—the CEOs of brands Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, Ethan Brown and Pat O. Brown, respectively. UNEP explained that both individuals received the prestigious title for their respective innovations to displace animal agriculture—an environmentally damaging industry it states “has brought us to the verge of catastrophe.” UNEP explained that the entrepreneurs’ plant-based products are imperative to achieving climate-change goals. (vegnews.com)

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on 21 September 2018

In a bid to improve student health across the nation, UK primary schools have committed to serving 3.1 million meatless meals within the next 12 months. The major change is part of the nonprofit organisation ProVeg UK’s School Plates programme, which works with schools and catering companies to improve school menus. Since summer, 110 primary schools have collaborated with ProVeg to create the new school dinner menus. Among the changes are compulsory Meat-Free Mondays and daily meatless options. Descriptions of menu items are also being altered, worded to encourage students to opt for the veggie choices. ProVeg also aims to have all processed red meat removed from menus. The organisation believes that schools – specifically, school canteens – are the ideal forum for young people to learn about healthy, sustainable diets. It says, “Schools can play an integral role in encouraging their pupils to establish healthy eating habits from early on and the School Plates programme is the perfect starting point.”

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on 13 July 2018

Glasgow-based Hampden Park—Scotland’s National soccer stadium—will soon introduce a vegan food menu. The stadium partnered with organization Vegan Events UK to host a Scotland Vegan Festival on July 14. Craig Younger, the general manager of the stadium’s food service company Sodexo Sports & Leisure, hopes the upcoming festival will help inspire the vegan menu he plans to permanently offer at the stadium. “With plans to launch our own vegan menu later this year,” Younger said, “I’m sure the day will also provide some great inspiration.” The festival will feature 100 vendors selling vegan fare, cooking demonstrations, and activities for children. “We want to show non-vegans how incredibly amazing living a vegan lifestyle is and show that it is not only healthy, varied, and exciting but that it is also practical, easy, and affordable as well,” Vegan Events UK manager Victoria Bryceson said. (vegnews.com)

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on 15 June 2018

A new food index launched last week by investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR)—which manages $5.9 trillion in assets, collectively—estimates the majority of meat, fish, and dairy corporations are impeding global environmental goals. The group scored 60 of the world’s largest animal agriculture companies—totalling $152 billion in market capital—and classified 36, including suppliers of McDonald’s and KFC, as “high risk” investments after assessing criteria such as greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, water management, and antibiotic use. FAIRR’s research, which aims to provide investors with a higher level of transparency, shows the companies are failing to address or disclose basic management across critical risks. In FAIRR’s assessment, it found that 72 percent of these companies showed poor or no reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and 77 percent have no policies or processes in place to eliminate the use of antibiotics. (vegnews.com)

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on 08 June 2018

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone moved to a vegetarian diet, Harvard scientists have calculated. Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School said the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated. Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested that around 24 per cent or 141,000 deaths each year in Britain were preventable,  but most of that was due to smoking, alcohol or obesity. But the new figures from Harvard suggest that at least 200,000 lives could be saved each year if people cut meat from their diets. Speaking at the Unite to Cure Fourth International Vatican Conference in Vatican City, Dr Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School said: “We have just been doing some calculations looking at the question of how much could we reduce mortality shifting towards a healthy, more plant based diet, not necessarily totally vegan, and our estimates are about one third of deaths could be prevented. (telegram.hr)

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