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Is chicken bad for the planet? – WWF
MThe food we eat shouldn’t cost the Earth – but often it does.
With food being the leading cause of deforestation across the world, it's often confusing to know which specific foods are harming our planet, and which are okay for us to eat. Hear Jess explain the impact of eating chicken and what you can do to ensure what’s on your plate, isn’t destroying our planet.
PBN EXCLUSIVE Interview with Gaz Oakley aka Avantgardevegan
Mr Gaz Oakley of Avantgardevegan needs no introductions. With over 900,000 followers on his Youtube channel, this vegan maverick has taken the foodie world by storm cooking up some of the most exciting dishes you have ever seen. Gaz has succeeded in showing the world how cooking vegan can be fun, tasty and sexy. I sat down with Gaz at the end of 2019 to talk about the highlights of his year creating an innovative dish for @wagamama_uk as well as what is coming up in #2020. Preorder a copy of Gaz's new book now amzn.to/2w3h7KY
The Oscars are getting greener.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that it will be offering entirely plant-based menus at today’s Oscar Nominees Luncheon and then in the Dolby Theatre lobbies prior to the 92nd Academy Awards on Feb. 9.
The post-ceremony Governors Ball will be 70% plant-based, and 30% vegetarian, fish and meat. All food will be responsibly sourced and sustainably farmed.
“The Academy is an organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet,” the org said in statement. “For the past decade, the Academy has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a zero-carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.”
Meet the vegan sensations from Sheffield who now have their own TV show
Sheffield pals Ian Theasby and Henry Firth’s ideas for tasty vegan meals are a big hit, with 26 million watching their YouTube channel and their books selling well. Now they have their own ITV cookery show. Catherine Scott reports.
Less than a decade ago, saying you were vegan would send a shiver down any self-respecting meat eater, who feared they might be sucked into a vegan cult.
Not anymore. ITV’s decision to have the first vegan-only cookery show on a Sunday morning shows just how far we have come and how mainstream and acceptable vegan diets have become.
The show, aptly named Living on the Veg, is presented by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby.
In their early thirties, with trimmed beards and a jovial, easygoing manner, they epitomise a whole new generation of vegans.
The friends, who met when they were 11-year-olds growing up in Sheffield, started their YouTube channel BOSH .TV! nearly four years ago after they both became vegan. They have two million followers, making it the biggest plant-based online food channel and they have three best selling cookery books – the latest BOSH! Healthy Vegan was published last month.
This week’s vegan news: Robert Downey Jr., known for his role in “Iron Man” is going vegan. He made the announcement on the red carpet for his new film “Dolittle.” Vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor at the SAG awards, then heads straight to a pig vigil in his Stella McCartney tuxedo. Environmentalist George Monbiot presents Channel 4’s new climate change documentary “Apocalypse Cow.”
Helicopters drop more than 22,000 kilos of veggies for wildlife stranded by the Australian bushfires. Primary schoolers in Leeds will eat vegan and vegetarian food twice a week. Ordering a vegan latte at Pret A Manger no longer comes with a surcharge.
Being an ethical vegan should come with the same protection granted to religions, says a British court. American bakery-cafe chain Panera Bread is removing meat from half of its menu to make way for additional vegan options. Snoop Dogg stars in Dunkin’s new national television commercial featuring the beyond meat breakfast sausage sandwich
Meghan Markle is a proud flexitarian - someone who follows a mostly plant-based diet but occasionally eats meat and dairy. She told Best Health in 2016: “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends. But at the same time, it’s all about balance.”
While Meghan and Prince Harry may have stepped away from their royal duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still hold great influence. From Meghan's vegan wedding reception dress to her affinity for vegan cheese, here are 5 reasons why Meghan Markle's flexitarianism matters.
STEVE IRWIN'S Family RESCUES THOUSANDS of Animals From Aussie Fires
This week's vegan news: Steve Irwin's family rescues thousands of animals from the Australian bushfires. Patient number 90,000, Ollie the platypus, was rescued from the fires and is currently in their care. Colgate launches two certified-vegan and cruelty-free toothpastes. After the successful launch of the vegan steak bake and the vegan sausage roll, Greggs is now looking to launch vegan chicken.
Fresh off his Golden Globe win, Joaquin Phoenix was arrested at Jane Fonda's "Fire Drill Friday" climate protest on Capitol hill. Phoenix called attention to meat and dairy as some of the leading causes of climate change. Domino's pizza is trialling vegan beef sausage and crumbles in the US. Aldi launches its own-brand version of vegan Magnum ice cream bars.
L.A. may soon implement laws that will require new Uber and Lyft drivers to operate electric vehicles. Hooters introduces meatless wings at all 318 US locations.
'Humans Have Overrun The World' David Attenborough Says In New Film
'Human beings have overrun the world. We're replacing the wild with the tame. This film is my witness statement and my vision of the future'
Sir David Attenborough says humans have 'overrun the world' in the trailer for his new film David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.
The documentary, which looks at the environmental changes that happened on Earth over his lifetime, also offers some solutions to the climate crisis.
Sir David has a history of making programs about the climate emergency, including last years BBC One documentary Climate Change: The Facts, and Our Planet which screened on Netflix.
The Humane League says: "Change for animals is happening faster than ever thanks to supporters like you.
Last year, you helped us raise awareness about the realities of factory farming and secure meaningful policy changes, making the world a kinder place for animals. Most of all, you helped us lay the groundwork for our biggest year ever in 2020. Thanks for rising up to be the change #ForTheAnimals!"
How to Steal Pigs and Influence People, Channel 4, review: A fascinating insight into the online world of veganism
Both sides of the argument were presented in extremes, with pignappers counteracting the beliefs of ex-vegans who now eat raw meat.
How to Steal Pigs and Influence People, Tom Costello’s fascinating documentary, explored the way vegan activists are exploiting online channels, including Instagram and YouTube. People with online names such as Earthling Ed and Earth Angel Jacqueline are racking up hundreds of thousands of followers.
Costello homed in on 23-year-old “pignapper” Wesley Omar as he tried to hit the big league of animal emancipation. Wes’s trademark was his night-time raids on pig farms to “liberate” piglets, filmed like clandestine SAS missions.
Susanna Gets Piers a Greggs' Vegan Steak Bake (Vegan Response)
After the popularity of the vegan sausage roll, Greggs launched a vegan steak bake. Susanna Reid brought some in for Piers Morgan to try!
In this video they bring up a number of current topics related to veganism. As there was no vegan representative on the show I decided to share my thoughts to present a more well-rounded view of the topic.
Doublespeak is language that obscures the meaning of words, in an effort to make the truth sound more agreeable. The term is inspired by George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984, and since then, doublespeak has found its way into marketing efforts - particularly in the animal agriculture industry.
The meat industry uses doublespeak by using terms such as “humane” when referring to slaughter. The dairy industry uses flowery language like “caring dairy” and imagery of cows in green pastures in their advertisements. This stands in stark contrast to the reality of factory farmed milk, and the abuse that has been revealed at operations like Fairlife. Eggs are marketed with newspeak, too. “Cage-Free” eggs makes it sound like the birds have total freedom, when most are still in overcrowded factory farm conditions. The fishing industry uses terms like “dolphin safe” tuna, and Marine Stewardship Council (or MSC) certified environmentally-friendly fish when these terms are incredibly difficult to regulate. Due to bycatch and overfishing, neither of those promises hold any merit.
Our oceans are heating up, and fast.
Sea temperatures in 2019 were the highest on record.
Oceans are the clearest measure of climate change, since they absorb 90 per cent of the world's heat.
Warmer seas mean more intense storms, droughts, floods and wildfires.
The study is the latest warning on the climate crisis facing our planet.
However, greenhouse gas emissions are still at record levels.
Are we starting to tune out to the constant stream of bad news on the climate? If so, how should we change the conversation? Presenter: Martine Dennis
As Australia's ruinous wildfires continue to spread, so does disinformation. There has been fake news, conspiracy theories on social media, and even claims the fires were the work of 200 arsonists. A significant amount of this content went viral, sowing confusion and discord in an already rattled population.
While much of this has been the work of trolls, mainstream media outlets such as Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News and The Australian newspaper have also been criticised for their coverage. The debate is particularly contentious in a country where climate change has long been a controversial topic that often figures as an election issue.
In this show, we will hear the latest news from the epicenter of the disaster, dig into the disinformation campaigns and media controversy, and look at how indigenous people are responding to the devastation.
10 Must-Watch Nature and Animal Documentaries in 2020!
Documentaries have become one of the most powerful ways to shine a light on various issues taking place around the world and inspire people to get involved. Through these influential films, we can enter into another world that we wouldn’t usually have access to, from the Antarctic tundra to the deepest parts of the sea.
As technology and filmmakers become more skilled, documentaries become even more powerful. They are able to show every intricate detail, from a melting glacier to each hair on an endangered orangutan’s head, making these issues a reality and bringing them to the forefront of the viewer’s mind.
For those of us who are fighting for our planet, documentaries provide an outlet to inspire others to think with compassion, show respect for the earth, and make a change. Read on for a list of the most inspiring documentaries that were released in 2019 to enjoy with friends, family, and loved ones this year.
This was, perhaps, the most monumental documentary of 2019. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, “Our Planet” takes viewers to some of the most beautiful parts of the world and introduces the extraordinary wildlife who live there. The documentary opens our eyes to the fact that these places, and the animals who call it home, are severely threatened by human action. The never-before-seen footage of walruses tumbling to their death as the videographers helplessly watched on shook the nation and opened up a fresh conversation around the perils of climate change.
Executive produced by vegan actor and environmentalist Joaquin Phoenix, “The Animal People” follows six animal rights activists who find themselves indicted as terrorists for leading a controversial campaign to shut down the largest animal testing laboratory in the world. The feature documentary features extensive interviews that span more than a decade and rare archival footage of surveillance recordings, wiretaps, and government documents, depicting an unnerving portrait of what happens when activism challenges the institutions of power.
In this BBC documentary, science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin travels the world to highlight the dark truths behind the meat industry and the impact it has on our environment. “Meat: A Threat to Our Planet” takes viewers from Texas to the Amazon rainforest to unveil the negative effects of meat production, like biodiversity loss, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.
8. Saving Jaws
9. Seven Worlds, One Planet
5 films and TV shows almost certain to make you turn vegan
Forks Over Knives, The Game Changers, Meat the Family ... 5 inspiring films and TV shows likely to make you turn vegan
Celebrities from Lewis Hamilton to Kristen Bell credit their conversion to a vegan lifestyle to watching hard-hitting documentaries What The Health and Netflix’s Forks Over Knives – here’s our pick of the best films to watch if you want to make a more informed ethical choice about what you eat.
It’s hard to believe, but many vegans – including celebrities such as Kristen Bell and Lewis Hamilton – credit their conversion to watching a timely documentary. These days it’s not impossible to change your outlook overnight after simply watching what’s available on our favourite streaming services.
From documentaries that open our eyes to the horrors of factory farming, to artful dramas and reality TV shows that make us question if we would eat our own pets, information about a plant-based lifestyle is more accessible than ever before.
Here are five titles to add to your watch list if you’re interested in why veganism is becoming so popular – and perhaps if you should adopt the lifestyle too.
Burger King UK launch first ever plant-based patty
This January Burger King is launching a new plant-based burger in the UK called the Rebel Whopper. While the patty itself is vegan, it will be cooked on the same grill as the meat burgers and is served with egg mayonnaise unless the customer requests otherwise. This has caused some controversy in other countries where Burger King has already launched the Rebel Whopper, so we wanted to address the criticisms head on.
PBN's Giuseppe Federici went out and tried all the new vegan fast food options in his home town ahead of Veganuary. January is notorious in the UK for many new vegan food launches.
In this video, he reviews some of the UK’s newest and most hyped plant-based offerings. Including the bakery giant Gregg’s new vegan steak bake and donuts, coffee chain Costa’s hot vegan sandwiches, Subway’s Meatless Meatball Marinara Sub, and the game-changing KFC ‘Zero Chicken Burger’.
Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet, C4 — a radical take-down of food farming
British writer and activist George Monbiot on how the food industry is destroying the living world
Vegetarians and virtuous eaters should be warned that any feelings of smugness or superiority will quickly dissipate on watching George Monbiot’s radical take-down of food farming. Those free-roaming chickens and blissfully wandering dairy cows take up far too much land, for a start. A scientist proposes that one day his grandchildren will be amazed and disgusted to learn that human beings actually used to eat eggs. Even idyllic organic farms have too great an environmental footprint, when the growth in the human population is taken into account. “The food industry is destroying the living world,” Monbiot proclaims. More here: ft.com
Plant-Based Health Documentary Hits Over 1,000,000 Views On YouTube
PlantPure Nation covers the health benefits of plant-based eating, as well as the corruption in medicine, government, and advertising which seeks to keep these benefits under wraps.
A plant-based health documentary has garnered more than 1,000,000 views on Youtube.
PlantPure Nation, which was inspired by the work of famed plant-based physician T. Colin Campbell, covers the health benefits of plant-based eating, as well as the corruption in medicine, government, and advertising, which seeks to keep these benefits under wraps.
The 2015 film has been available to watch on Plant Based News' YouTube channel as well as PlantPure TV YouTube channel since 2018. In that time, it has picked up 462,982 views on PlantPure and 563,489 via PBN (at the time of writing).
I tell you without hesitation that The Animal People is the most important documentary of 2019 without a doubt in my mind. It way very well be the most important film of the decade not only in animal rights but within anyone that thinks free speech is important for a just society.
The film highlights the literal trials and tribulations of SHAC Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty an animal rights organization dedicated to shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) a contractor of animal testing for various industries most often pharmaceutical.
We follow the story of SHAC and its founders/activists Lauren Gazzola, Kevin Kjonaas, Jake Conroy, Josh Harper, Andy Stepanian, and Darius Fullmer as they give HLS the hell they deserve.
The FBI, State Police, Local Police and an entire alphabet soup of government orgs and entities conspire to twist and subvert the truth. The story of SHAC and what happen to those in it that were placed on trial is both a warning message and a message of hope to stand against what we are still up against even today in the animal rights movement.
There’s so much I wish I could discuss that happens in the film but I don’t want to spoil it for you. It’s a must watch if you’re any kind of activist but especially an animal rights activist so go watch it right now.
You’ll cry, get rightfully angry and feel goosebumps through out as brave activists smash labs and rescue animals, get hurt by police and railroaded in the courts.
INVESTIGATION: The Brutality of the 2019 Gadhimai Festival
Animal Equality was once again on the ground working to end animal sacrifice at the Gadhimai festival, an event where thousands of animals were brutally slaughtered by festival attendees. The religious festival, which takes place in Southern Nepal with violent animal sacrifice as the main component, happens every 5 years and has been subject to intense backlash from animal protection organizations like ours.
Before you start to celebrate Christmas, you have to watch this.
Evanna Lynch Narrates Shocking Surge Campaign Film Revealing Abhorrent Conditions on UK Turkey Farms.
Shocking hidden camera footage of two UK turkey farms has revealed sickeningconditions in rearing sheds and ineffective stunning prior to slaughter. Our latest campaign film, The Nightmare Before Christmas features footage from independent Essex producer Grove Smith Turkeys from November 2018; and Catfoss Farm in East Yorkshire from October 2019, a farm operated by Avara Foods. The Nightmare Before Christmas is narrated by vegan actress and activist Evanna Lynch.
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CAN YOU EAT MEAT ETHICALLY?
"I was invited onto ABC's The Drum to join a panel with 3 people who opposed my view by supporting the exploitation and slaughter of animals for human consumption. My view is that supporting animal exploitation is unethical, unnecessary, unsustainable and unhealthy.
I'm very grateful they had me on to share my perspective. I wish I had more time to go over more points and also wish I worded a few things differently and overall pushed a bit harder, but overall I think it was a great segment and I will learn from it for next time.
What did you think of the discussion?" James Aspey
How To Eat Like A Game Changers Athlete – Hench Herbivore
"In this episode, I show you everything that I eat in a day to pack on lean vegan muscle just like the guys and gals in The Game Changers Movie, plus I get a chest and biceps workout and get to badmouth eggs on a radio show! XD"
Animal rights activist and actress, Rooney Mara, has joined global farmed animal advocacy organization, Animal Equality, on an undercover investigation inside two factory farms.
The investigation, called “With My Own Eyes,” narrated by Mara, reveals pigs and chickens who are raised for meat, languishing in abhorrent conditions and encourages viewers to examine the harsh and painful reality for billions of animals and the many reasons the global community must break its dependence on animal products.
Come along on the journey of three famous chefs, who are setting out to learn more about the ugly reality of our global industrial meat farming system and meet the people who are experiencing the consequences first hand.
Where do you get your protein
... a new eBook from Hench Herbivore
This book was designed to finally put an end to that age old question about where vegans get their protein from. I talk through my journey from being the biggest meat eater that most people have ever met to where I am today, some misconceptions about protein, how much protein you really need and where to get it from. I then present you with 30 delicious, healthy, high protein recipes including:
Dips and spread
Soups, chillies, stews and more
Salads and nibbles
Baked savoury delights
And healthy treats.
All recipes have full macros included and the book can be downloaded on multiple devices.
While it’s true that the recipes in this book are perfect for those requiring a larger protein intake (e.g. strength and physique athletes), they are based around healthful whole plant foods, making them suitable for all. My aim for this book is to show you just how easy it is for ANYONE to meet their protein needs with plants so every recipe was created with that in mind. I didn’t want to create just another cookbook; I wanted to create something that really, finally, made it clear that protein is not an issue!
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