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Polish Ministry of Agriculture Drafts Decree to Censor Plant-Based Meat Labelling

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a new draft decree which aims to amend existing regulations on food labels, specifically targeting the labelling of vegan meat alternatives, potentially impacting how these products are presented to consumers.  The proposed amendment, released yesterday on the Government Legislation Centre’s website, seeks to regulate the use of terms traditionally associated with meat products, such as “ham,” “smoked meat,” and “sausage.” According to the Ministry, the objective is to protect terms customarily used to describe meat products and ensure that the interests of consumers are protected, allowing for more informed choices. This initiative follows requests from eight agricultural organizations, including #HodowcyRazem and the Association of Butchers and Wędliniarzy RP, advocating for legal protection of these terms …


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UK Government Backs Cultivated Meat and Fermentation in Landmark £2 Billion Plan

The UK Government has unveiled its National Vision for Engineering Biology, a £2 billion plan to seize the potential of biotechnology to revolutionise food production, medical advancements, and sustainable fuel production. Over the next ten years, the government will fund the necessary activities and reforms to propel the country’s biotech ecosystem, which includes the cultivated meat and fermentation industry. The new strategy highlights these technologies as climate and food security solutions capable of “reducing pressure on land use for pasture.” The Minister for Science, Innovation and Research, Andrew Griffith, said: “Engineering biology is, in many ways, the future of science: using engineering to harness the power of nature to overhaul what is possible – from the treatment of disease to how we sustainably produce food …


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COP28: Why is the Decision to Have Two-Thirds Plant-Based Catering Important?

Note: the opinions stated in this article are those of ProVeg International which contributes these entries each week as part of its New Food Hub series. While we do of course have a shared mission, the views expressed within the series are not necessarily always shared by this publication. As COP28 well and truly kicks off, the decision to embrace two-thirds of plant-based catering has been welcomed. This shift towards a predominantly plant-based menu holds immense significance as climate change threatens global stability. COP28, hosted by the UAE (November 30 – December 12, 2023), will be a momentous occasion for the world to unite in addressing global sustainability challenges and halting climate change. In its recent New Food Hub article, ProVeg International explored the significance …


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Denmark’s Plant Fund Assigns DKK 58M for the First 36 Selected Plant-Based Food Projects

The Danish Foundation for Plant-Based Foods (Fonden For Plantebaserede Fodevarer) has announced the first 36 selected projects of the Plant Fund (Plantefonden) — a DKK 675 million ($100M) a government initiative to promote climate-friendly plant-based food until 2030. The selected projects will receive DKK 58.2 million in funding to support the country’s first phase of its plant-based food agenda: developing new food options, training kitchen staff, and launching national awareness campaigns to promote plant-based foods. Thirty-three of the projects are scheduled to begin work in January 2024. Plantefonden was established to bolster the development of the plant-based food sector. It is part of the Agreement on the Green Transition of Danish Agriculture (to reduce GHG emissions) signed in October 2021. Additionally, a few months ago, the Danish …


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Plant-Based Activists Take a Seat at COP28 While Big Meat & Dairy Arrive in Full Force to Launch Counter-Attack

COP28, the United Nations’ climate conference, starts today in Dubai and will continue until December 12. And while work is being done by climate and food activists at the event to bring the urgency of addressing food system change into focus, the meat and dairy industry is in town sharpening tools in preparation for what could be effectively the biggest greenwashing operation the world has ever seen. It may come as no surprise that the event, attended by world leaders and multi-billionaires, with the UK Prime Minister, King Charles, and Foreign Secretary David Cameron all arriving in separate jets, serves as a platform for those in power and that their strategy would be galvanised this year in order to oppose those petitioning against the consumption …


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Czech Parliament Hosts Seminar to Promote Plant-Based Diets

In early November, the Czech Chamber of Deputies hosted a seminar titled “New Trends in the Food Industry – an opportunity for the Czech Economy, a healthier society and a sustainable future?”. Organized by Klára Kocmanová, Vice President of the Environment Committee, and sponsored by the Ministers of Environment and Health, this event gathered food producers, retailers, and specialists to discuss advancing alternative protein sources. ProVeg Czechia‘s food industry and retail consultant, Tereza Trávníčková, initiated the seminar, highlighting the increasing adoption of plant-based diets among Czechs and the importance of achieving price parity. “Price significantly influences consumer decisions. Czech consumers face significant price differences: they pay over 160% more for a plant-based alternative to minced meat and almost 60% more for a plant-based alternative to …


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UK Food Standards Agency Unveils New Guidance on Authorisation Process for Cell-Cultivated Products in Great Britain

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently released guidance for businesses on cell-cultivated products and the authorisation process to market these products in Great Britain.  The FSA is responsible for food safety and food hygiene in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. However, this guide is specific to England and Wales.  The FSA’s new guidance combines general food law regulations with novel food and GMO regulations and offers business advice to streamline the authorisation process. It includes definitions, status, application details, and recommendations on product safety, labelling, and tasting trials. The UK government has been looking to streamline the approval for cultivated meat to boost food security and sustainability. Meanwhile, the first cultivated meat product on the market is still pending in the UK. To …


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Report Condemns UK Government for Failing to Take Action to Reduce Meat Sales

A new report by The Food Foundation has criticised the UK government’s inaction on key environmental measures such as reducing meat sales. Despite the Climate Change Committee’s warning that a 35% reduction in meat consumption will be necessary for the government to meet its net-zero target, few steps have been taken to achieve this. The foundation points out that it is not even mandatory for retailers and food service providers to disclose the percentage of their sales coming from animal versus plant-based proteins, meaning that no major businesses currently publish or have a target to reduce these figures. Businesses also made fewer commitments to sustainable and healthy diets this year in comparison to 2022. Furthermore, 21.5% of multibuy deals are on meat and dairy products, …




NÉGYOSZ: Working to Transform the Hungarian Food System Through Plant-Based Foods

NÉGYOSZ is a Hungarian organisation representing the interests of plant-based producers and distributors, with the aim of sustainably transforming the domestic food system. The organisation is using several different strategies to work towards its goals, this includes organising the recent Conference for Sustainable Food Systems, which took place on November 9. The conference focused on the role and importance of plant-based diets, and was attended by governmental stakeholders. NÉGYOSZ also co-organised the Plant-Powered Perspectives conference, which took place just a few days later on November 14. Focusing on the HORECA sector, the event aimed to help businesses that want to introduce plant-based products to their menus. Among the speakers was Dr Olga Beáta Felkai, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture. Plant-based study Recently, …


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LA Student Wins Legal Battle for Plant-Based Options, Soy Milk Now Available on Request

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently concluded a legal settlement with Marielle Williamson, a 2023 graduate of Eagle Rock High School, in collaboration with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The lawsuit, which ruled in favor of Williamson, involved the promotion of plant-based milk within the educational system, pushing back on dairy as the default beverage option. The lawsuit began when Williamson was prohibited from distributing literature critiquing cow’s milk in her school, citing its impact on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. This incident prompted a broader conversation about the role of dairy products in American schools and the current federal laws regarding its compulsory inclusion in the National School Lunch Program. Filed in a federal court in Los Angeles, the …


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A Pivotal Moment: Germany’s €38M Budget for Transition to Plant Proteins – ProVeg Responds

Last week, Dr. Zoe Mayer, an Alliance90/Green Party Member of the German Parliament, who serves on the Committee on Food and Agriculture, announced that the German government has allocated €38 million in its 2024 budget for the promotion of plant-based, precision-fermented, and cell-cultivated proteins. “The intensive negotiations on the budget have paid off. Our budget holders were able to push through key green demands that represent nothing less than a paradigm shift in the agricultural sector’s funding system. For the first time, a large sum – 38 million euros in 2024 – will be earmarked for the promotion of alternative protein sources and the switch to plant-based agriculture, after decades of focusing primarily on subsidising livestock farming. This is a clear commitment to the protein …


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Paradigm Shift in German Federal Budget 2024: €38M for “Conversion of Animal Husbandry” and Protein Transition

Zoe Mayer (Alliance 90/The Greens), member of the Bundestag, states in a press release that she recognises the agreement on the 2024 federal budget as a “paradigm shift” in state support for agriculture. Her comments are as follows. “The intensive negotiations on the budget have paid off. Our budget holders were able to push through key green demands that represent nothing less than a paradigm shift in the agricultural sector’s funding system. For the first time, a large sum – 38 million euros in 2024 – will be earmarked for the promotion of alternative protein sources and the switch to plant-based agriculture, after decades of focusing primarily on subsidising livestock farming. This is a clear commitment to the protein transition. “At the same time, the …


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Italian Government Passes Bills to Ban Cultivated Meat & Use of Meat-Like Terms for Plant-Based Alternatives

The Italian Chamber of Deputies has finally passed a controversial bill banning the production and marketing of cultivated meat in the country. Additionally, the chamber has lawfully signed another bill prohibiting the use of meat-related terms like ‘salami’ or ‘steak’ for plant-based meat alternatives, thus directly affecting numerous companies in the plant-based sector. Ivo Rzegotta, Senior Public Affairs Manager at the Good Food Institute Europe, states in response: “This law not only deprives consumers of choice, but also isolates Italy from further investment and future-proof jobs in this growing sector. The debate on cultured meat in Italy has been fuelled by misinformation, as the Senate hearings have deliberately excluded companies and proponents of cultured meat, while leaving plenty of room for inaccurate claims by avowed opponents …


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Florida House Republican Introduces Bill to Ban Cultivated Meat in the State

Florida House Representative Tyler Sirois is making headlines after introducing a new bill prohibiting the production, selling, holding, and distributing of cultivated meat in Florida. The news comes only a few weeks after TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2023 included GOOD Meat’s cultivated chicken. As reported by Action News Jax, the proposed legislation states that anyone found in violation could face criminal penalties, including a misdemeanor of the second degree, accompanied by a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000. Restaurants or food service companies violating the law would see a license suspension or an immediate stop-sale order. If signed into law, this bill would come into effect in July 2024 and could have significant implications for the emerging cellular agriculture industry.  Florida legislation reportedly mandates that any …


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NGOs Unveil the ‘Plant-Based Manifesto’ Ahead of 2024 European Elections

The European Vegetarian Union (EVU), the umbrella organisation of vegan and vegetarian associations and societies throughout Europe, representing 46 civil society organisations from across the continent, unveils the “Plant-Based Manifesto” in anticipation of the 2024 European elections. The Plant-Based Manifesto, underscoring the urgency of transforming Europe’s food systems to meet the targets of the European Green Deal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was unveiled yesterday at a roundtable event titled EU Food Systems: Tabling Sustainability to Plant the Future. It challenges policymakers with the following targets: Establishing targets to increase the consumption of plant protein Making sustainable and healthy food more affordable Adopting an ambitious Sustainable EU Food Systems Law Promoting a just transition for farmers President of the EVU, Felix Hnat, …


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Dutch Municipalities to Ban Meat and Dairy Ads in Public Spaces

Two municipalities in the Netherlands, Bloemendaal, in North Holland, and Utrecht, the fourth largest municipality in the country, have voted to ban the advertising of meat and dairy products in public spaces. At the Municipality of Bloemendaal, a majority formed by the coalition parties D66, VVD, and PvdA recently agreed to prohibit meat and dairy advertisements on billboards, posters, and other advertising spots managed by the municipality. According to local media 105, the ban includes fossil fuels-dependent products such as combustion engine cars and airline tickets. The municipality said in a statement that it is committed to taking the necessary actions to reduce CO2 emissions and that growing and transporting livestock feed results in deforestation and the release of greenhouse gases, thereby contributing to global …


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Taiwanese Government Establishes Plant Milk Research and Development Center

Taiwan’s Food Industry Research and Development Institute (FIRDI) has established a Plant Milk Research and Development Center to develop plant-based milk products in partnership with the drink company Ai Zhi Wei, as reported by Taiwan News.  Other goals of the new center include the improvement of Taiwan’s supply chain of raw and semi-processed agricultural for plant-based and exploring biotechnology to develop protein-rich milk alternatives with enhanced nutritional value. Ai Zhi Wei, owned by the Nice Group, is a famous brand in the country that offers beverages, including a wide range of cold teas and oat, peanut, soy, and walnut milk dairy products. At the innovation center, the company will combine its extensive experience in the beverage industry with the scientists at FIRDI to create innovative and nutritious plant-based milk products …


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South Korea Becomes Second Country to Embrace National Plan for Plant-Based Foods

Just ten days after the Danish government unveiled its national action plan for plant-based foods, South Korea emerges as the second country to actively participate in transforming the food system. Yesterday, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs unveiled a comprehensive plan to boost the plant-based food industry and encourage the adoption of alternatives to animal proteins.  As reported by The Korea Bizwire, South Korea’s plan includes a research center for alternative proteins, measures to promote the use of domestic agricultural products in plant-based foods, and support for exporting alternative products.  In other food production initiatives, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety included official guidance for alt proteins, including cultivated meat, for the first time in its National Plan 2022. The plant-based foods plan …


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European Parliament Votes to Boost Plant Protein Production & Consumption

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a strategy that aims to increase plant protein production and consumption within the EU. Based on an own-initiative report adopted last month, the European Protein Strategy emphasises the importance of high-protein crops to improve food security and sustainability. The report was drawn up in response to the European Commission’s food security communication last year, and though it is non-binding, it still has the potential to influence the Commission. MEPs voted in favour of the strategy by 305 to 109, with 69 abstaining. Those who support the strategy are calling for dedicated plant protein funds, along with schemes to promote the growth of legumes and diversify the types of protein produced. Additionally, they suggest more R&D into plant-based …


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Italy Withdraws Controversial Bills to Ban Cultivated Meat & Restrict Plant-Based Meat Labels from EU Scrutiny 

According to the Good Food Institute Europe, the Italian government has withdrawn two draft laws from being considered by the European Union: the bill proposing a ban on the production and marketing of cultivated meat and a law to restrict the use of terms such as “salami” or “steak” in plant-based meat labels. The proposed bill to ban cell-based foods aims to “protect” the country’s culture and food heritage from technological innovations, and the labeling restrictions, as noted in the draft, are measures to “avoid misleading nutritional claims” by plant-based meat companies. Due to their potential impact on the region’s market, the European Commission and member states had to examine the draft laws before their adoption to assess their alignment with EU law, through a …