Vegan News Feb. 3, 2024


FDA approves animal-free dairy proteins: Imagindairy, a trailblazing Foodtech startup, has recently received FDA approval for its groundbreaking animal-free milk proteins. This innovative achievement paves the way for a new era in dairy products, where cheese and milk can be produced without any animal involvement. By harnessing precision fermentation technology, Imagindairy aims to offer dairy alternatives that promise to revolutionize the industry. For more details on this cutting edge development, check out the full story on Calcalistech.

Cheaper plant-based alternatives: A study has found that in six out of seven major Dutch supermarkets, plant-based alternatives are now cheaper than their animal-based counterparts. This change, highlighted across a range of products including vegetarian meatballs, plant-based cheese, and yogurt, signifies a potential tipping point for consumer choices toward more sustainable and ethical options. For more detailed insights into this groundbreaking development, you can read the full story on Vegconomist.

All-cause mortality lower for vegans: While most humans refuse animal products for the health of the animals – the ones who won’t be consumed – it’s well-established that a vegan diet is very healthy for the humans who consume it. Six recent studies affirmed the healthfulness of a vegan diet. Eating plants reduces the risk of cancer and all-cause mortality. Read an overview of the studies on VegNews.


Harming Animals for Views

A recent viral video showed a bat trapped in a spider web, struggling until the end when she finally died. The spider sat nearby, watching. So did the person filming the bat’s agony rather than helping her.

Fake animal rescue videos are another rising trend. Kittens, puppies, and other animals are deliberately harmed so that humans can “rescue” them on film. These videos get millions of views and generate a lot of income for the people who post them. Many of these can be detected by the unlikely scenarios and by rescue videos featuring the same animals again and again. World Animal Protection reported on the issue and shows how to spot many of these fake rescue videos.


Vegan Orange Chicken: Satisfy your cravings for a classic takeout dish with a twist. This dish transforms tofu into crispy, golden bites drenched in a sticky, sweet, and tangy orange sauce that rivals any restaurant offering. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s the perfect quick and healthy dinner option for those busy weeknights. With simple ingredients and one pan, you can whip up a meal that’s not only delicious but also much healthier than its traditional counterpart. Try the recipe today!

Vegan Baked Oatmeal with Berries: Kickstart your day with a comforting and hearty serving of baked oats and berries, which feels just like a hug in a bowl. It combines the wholesomeness of oats with the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, a splash of plant-based milk, a dash of cinnamon, and the rich flavor of vanilla extract. It’s generously interspersed with juicy blueberries and strawberries, making every bite a perfect blend of warm, comforting goodness and fruity freshness. Ready to cozy up with a bowl?


The UK officially recognized lobsters and crabs as sentient in 2021

In 2021, the UK officially recognized octopuses, lobsters, and crabs as sentient beings, acknowledging their capacity to feel pain and distress. This was an important achievement because, while octopuses are generally acknowledged as sentient, there was controversy over the sentience of lobsters and crabs. These animals have simpler nervous systems and behavior, and the UK’s ruling recognizes that the weight of evidence indicates that lobsters and crabs are sentient. It also highlights the fact that sentience is present in simpler animals without complex cognitive abilities. It’s a common misconception that animals are only sentient if they have complex nervous systems or display intelligence. Read about the decision on the UK government’s website.


Will people switch to plant foods if they are cheaper?

Do you know people who say they would switch to plant-based analogs of animal foods, but only if the taste is comparable and the price is lower? Do you think this will become trend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Stay informed and keep advocating for a more vegan world. See you next week with more updates!

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