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James Cromwell’s Starbucks Protest Sparks Global Conversation on Chain’s Plant-Based Milk Fees

In a widely publicized event, actor James Cromwell protested Starbucks on May 10 by supergluing his hand to a counter in one of the coffee chain’s NYC stores. Wearing an animal rights T-shirt, Cromwell and other activists demanded Starbucks end its long-standing practice of charging extra for plant-based milk options. The PETA-organized demonstration received worldwide media coverage, and provoked lively social media conversations about the fairness of Stabucks’ extra fees for non-dairy milk. The protest marks an escalation in pressure tactics by PETA, which has actively campaigned against Starbucks’ vegan milk policies in recent years. In April, music icon and PETA supporter Sir Paul McCartney wrote an open letter urging former Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to drop the dairy-free surcharge at the company’s US locations. …

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Double Your Donation: Vegan Meals For Refugees in Ukraine

Vegconomist is supporting a vegan meals project for refugees in the Ukrainian city of Lviv (read more about it here), where tens of thousands of refugees come from other parts of the country. You too can help with your donation. And thanks to the Karuna Foundation, your donation will be doubled, up to an amount of €10,000.   E.g.: You donate €50. The Karuna Foundation will also donate €50, totalling €100   Vegconomist readers already donated thousands of euros and those will be doubled by the Karuna Foundation as well, as part of this €10,000 matching grant.   If you would like to support Lviv Vegan Kitchen, please donate: Or via bank transfer to a special vegconomist account, the donation will be given to the project Lviv …

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Nature’s Fynd Awarded $4.76M Grant to Expand Fermentation Tech to Rural Farmers

Nature’s Fynd, a food company growing novel Fy™ protein from fermented microbes, has received a $4.76M grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to introduce its fermentation technology in low- and middle-income farming communities. Intended to bolster global food security, the multi-year grant will support the development of inde­pen­dent fer­men­ta­tion-based pro­duc­tion units that can provide more income and nutritional benefits to rural farmers.  “Decentralizing fermentation” According to the company, approximately 1/3 of the world’s food is produced by 500 million small farming households in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, most of these households live off of less than $2 per day and manage less than five acres of land, limiting farmers’ opportunities to diversify their income and invest in greater production. By decentralizing the production …

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Seven Countries Join Forces to Push Development of Plant-Based Sector Around the Planet

The newly launched International Plant-Based Foods Working Group reports to vegconomist that it is gaining momentum, with seven international plant-based food associations joining forces with a shared vision of supporting the development of the plant-based sector around the world. The group was formed to support the growth of the growing sector and is comprised of like-minded associations representing companies and other organizations involved in producing plant-based foods in their respective countries and region. Worldwide mission The IPBFWG ‘s executive leadership is presently composed of: PBFC – Plant-Based Foods Canada; PBFA – Plant Based Foods Association (US); EAPF – European Alliance for Plant Based Foods; ENSA – European Plant-based Foods Association; Plant-Based Food Alliance UK; China Plant Based Foods Association; and Plant Based Foods Industry Association …

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PETA’s “10,000 McPlants in 10 Days” Campaign Boosts Sales for McDonald’s Vegan Burger

Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently wrapped up a free public giveaway of McDonald’s McPlant burgers across cities in Texas and California. The promotion was designed to increase visibility and sales for the Beyond Meat-made burger, which is still in a limited testing phase. According to preliminary sales reports, the organization succeeded in its goals: the giveaway led to a much-needed sales boost for the McPlant, which has reportedly seen slower demand since its rollout expanded from eight to 600 Mcdonald’s stores in February.  10,000 burgers in 10 days PETA worked with Mcdonald’s operators to place bulk orders for the McPlants in cities from Dallas, Irving and Fort Worth to Oakland and San Francisco, reports Bloomberg. During the campaign, …

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400+ Companies Join Green Monday’s #WeCareWeDare Campaign for Earth Month

Hong Kong-based social venture Green Monday is celebrating its tenth anniversary and Earth Month with a new campaign called #WeCareWeDare. The campaign’s goal is to encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based or flexitarian diet, ultimately making net-zero carbon emissions a reality. Over 400 restaurants and retailers have joined #WeCareWeDare so far, offering new dishes and promotions during Earth Month. These include Ôdelice, Hemingway’s By The Ways, Lan-yang Taiwan, Hoi Hoi Pancake House, and Eat For Green. Many of these are offering menu options made with Green Monday’s own OmniFoods meat and seafood alternatives. “Green Monday will strive to dedicate our best innovation and efforts to contribute to a carbon net-zero future.” Additionally, Green Monday’s plant-based concept store Green Common will be hosting an “Earth Month …

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Miyoko’s Creamery, Mercy for Animals and Animal Outlook Launch Toolkit to Help Farmers Transition to Plants

Three of the largest organizations in farmed animal welfare have joined forces to launch The Farmer Toolkit – a first-of-its-kind online information hub to help US farmers transition away from industrial animal agriculture.  Mercy for Animals’ Transfarmation project partnered with Animal Outlook and Miyoko’s Creamery Dairy Farm Transition program to construct the Toolkit, which provides extensive guidance and support for farmers looking to shift from animal agriculture to plant-focused farming.  Among many benefits, The Farmer Toolkit provides: State-by-state resources Funding opportunities Marketing guidance for selling products Information on growing specialty crops Enterprise budgets Webinars Publicity Facilitating better farming Through its programs, Mercy for Animals’ Transfarmation has already assisted numerous animal farmers to successfully shift their farms to grow sustainable crops like hemp and mushrooms.  As …

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The Vegan Society Grants Programme

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Calling Vegan NGOs: The Vegan Society Grant Opens for Applications

The Vegan Society is looking for individuals and grassroots organizations to support through its vegan grant program. Set up to support projects to encourage non-vegans to go vegan and stay vegan, The Vegan Society Grant is open to projects based across the globe. With a particular emphasis on projects based in economically developing countries, The Vegan Society Grant aims to raise public awareness of veganism in a positive way, promote veganism in a unique or exciting way to non-vegans, as well as support people from marginalized backgrounds to access veganism. Awards can be up to £1000, with recently awarded grants including ‘Radio programs to encourage non-vegans to go vegan and stay vegan in Sengerema district, Tanzania’, and ‘Culture and Tradition, a call to animal welfare’: a community-run …

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OmniFoods Celebrating Earth Day with Month of Planet-Friendly Partnerships

OmniFoods, makers of plant-based OmniPork products, is honoring Earth Day on April 22 with a month-long series of promotions and partnerships intended to bring awareness to climate change and food insecurity.  Providing free food Throughout April, the company will help donate plant-based meals through Support + Feed, an organization founded by Maggie Baird, mother of music stars Billie Eilish and Finneas. Support + Feed partners with local restaurants in US cities to provide communities in need with healthy vegan meals. OmniFoods will also continue to donate Omnipork products to Rethink Food, a nonprofit that serves Omnipork in culturally-relevant plant-based meals. At last week’s Vegan Women Summit, OmniPork and OmniSeafood were also featured on the event menu, with dishes prepared by Chef Whitt from the Voodoo …

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Eat the Change Awarding $500,000 in Grants to Promote Planet-Friendly Foods

Eat the Change Impact (ETC Impact), a grant program by plant-based snack company Eat the Change, is offering $500,000 in grants in 2022 to promote healthy, planet-friendly foods.  This year’s grant money is part of a total $1.385 million ETC Impact has committed to investing in change-making organizations over three years. In 2022, the program expects to award more than 30 new grants in amounts between $10,000 and $25,000 to organizations and individuals making climate-friendly foods more accessible in their communities.  The grant application for this year’s Changemakers program is open until May 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Awards will be announced in late July 2022; for more information, visit eatthechange.org. To qualify for a grant, recipients must align with the following core values:  Eating …

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Marisa Heath, CEO of Plant-based Food Alliance UK

The Plant-based Food Alliance UK was created to act as a voice for Britain’s growing plant-based food and drink sector. Founded by Oatly, Alpro, The Vegan Society, Upfield and ProVeg UK, we are a coalition of civil society groups and businesses with a collective aim of making the UK a global leader in plant-based food and drink. Food systems account for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions globally and plant-based foods are a hugely impactful way of ensuring our food choices are sustainable in the future. “A shift towards plant-based will be vital in achieving the Government’s net zero target by 2050” A shift towards plant-based will be vital in achieving the Government’s net zero target by 2050. We are seeing people introducing more plant-based meals …

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New Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award to Provide Scholarships to Change-Making Startups

The Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award has been set up to honour plant-based visionary Greg Steltenpohl of Califia Farms and his lifelong mission. Friends and family of natural products pioneer and plant-based visionary Greg Steltenpohl announce the launch of a $100,000 annual scholarship for food startups. The founder of Odwalla and Califia Farms, who passed away in March 2021, dedicated his life to transforming the food system through entrepreneurship. The Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award was announced by Eli Steltenpohl when his father was honoured at the Community Purpose and Impact Awards presented by New Hope Media at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California. Award co-founders and advisors include: Mike Burbank – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley John Foraker – CEO, Once Upon a Farm; former CEO, …

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Iceland Trademarks Term ‘Flexitebruary’ to Encourage Plant-Based Choices After Veganuary

Iceland trademarks term ‘Flexitebruary’ with the hope of continuing January’s plant-based sales boom. After seeing a strong boost in plant-based sales during the Veganuary campaign, British supermarket Iceland is attempting to trademark the term ‘Flexitebruary’. The chain intends to place the branding on a huge range of products, both conventional meat and plant-based. Iceland hopes that the move will encourage consumers to replace some of the meat products they buy with plant-based alternatives, in February and beyond. This is not an entirely new approach for the chain — it has been targeting flexitarians for some years. “Meeting the needs of the growing vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian markets will be integral to our food development in the future, and we will continue to innovate using plant-based …

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Help Ukraine – How to Donate Now For the Ukranian People and Animals

The people and animals in Ukraine need our help. The vegconomist team would be happy if you could support one of the following organisations with a generous donation. Thank you very much. Nova Ukraine: An non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in Ukraine and spreading awareness of issues facing its residents to concerned parties in the United States. They are taking donations via Paypal, check, or cryptocurrency. Viva! Poland: Adopting animals at the border that need help. Our activists from Viva! Poland waited 24 hours to pick up dogs, and the Ukrainian woman who saved them drove with them for over a day. The food collection is still ongoing, details at https://viva.org.pl/apelujemy-o-pomoc-dla-podopiecznych…/ Support our activities by donating account number 53 1500 …

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Wicked Kitchen Joins Plant-Based PLEDGE Initiative with Maggie Baird and Billie Eilish

Wicked Kitchen and Support + Feed are joining the Billie Eilish 2022 world tour to promote THE PLEDGE; a 30-day commitment to eating more plant-based meals. Founded by actress and activist Maggie Baird, Support + Feed was first created to help vegan restaurants struggling during the 2020 pandemic. Operating in Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia, the organization purchases food from affected restaurants to distribute to the homeless and food-insecure. Through the organization, Baird – who is Billie Eilish’s mother – is introducing THE PLEDGE: An invitation asking individuals to help solve the climate crisis by eating at least one plant-based meal a day for 30 days.  Eco Village experience Eilish, a top-selling indie music artist and outspoken vegan, kicked off her 2022 tour …

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