In today’s Veggie Athletic Weekly News Digest: Oxford study shows going vegan is the ‘single biggest’ way to reduce environmental impact; Tesco sells 40,000 vegan steaks within days; Over half of young Brits have attempted to go vegan; California passes first vote to ban animal testing; Waitrose to stock mature vegan cheddar cheese; British footballer Charlie Mulgrew goes plant-based to extent football career; The EU moves to ban plastic straws and other single-use plastics; New Zealand plans to kill 150,000 cows; Vegan fish steak launched across the nation; Moby retires from touring to focus on animal activism.
A new study conducted by the University of Oxford has shown that changing to a plant-based diet is the ‘single biggest’ way to reduce your environmental impact.
The study, which was published in the journal Science, looked at a dataset that covered 40,000 farms across 119 countries and covered 40 different food items that represent 90% of all food eaten on Earth.
Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that they sold almost 40,000 vegan steaks since they were released in stores last week.
The vegan steaks were created by Dutch brand Vivera, and were launched in Tesco stores on May 21st.
Not only have they sold out online, but are also apparently selling out within stores.
It is estimated that 56% of Brits aged 16 to 29 have tried a plant-based diet in the last 12 months, with 45% of those in their 30s and 40s doing the same.
Unfortunately, the majority of those that make the change do not keep it up in the long run. 28% of adults found it “too difficult”, and went back to eating meat after an average of three and a half months.
California senators have voted 21 to 9 in favour of passing a new piece of legislation which would ban the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
The bill was supported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
From the 4th of June, Waitrose will be stocking vegan mature style cheddar cheese and soft spread cheese by the dairy-free brand ‘Koko’.
The arrival of the vegan cheese comes as Waitrose announces that it will be stocking around 50 new vegan items within its stores.
The supermarket will also be having its very own dedicated vegan aisles.
Blackburn Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew has revealed he recently adopted a plant-based diet in the hopes it will extend his playing career.
The 32-year-old Scottish footballer helped guide Blackburn Rovers to promotion to the Championship this season. Mulgrew adopted the diet 11 months ago and mentioned that the thought of going vegan seemed impossible just three years ago.
The European Commission has moved to ban ten types of single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers, with rules that will apply across the EU.
The commission will also be focusing on the removal of fishing gear, which along with the top ten used single-use plastics, contributes towards 70% of marine litter across Europe.
New Zealand officials have announced plans to kill around 150,000 cows in an attempt to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria.
The plan is set to cost $886 million, and will take place over the next ten years.
Around 24,000 cows have already been killed in recent months.
British restaurant chain Greene King Flaming Grill has added the VBites ‘Making Waves’ vegan fish steak to its menu at 150 outlets across the country.
Each restaurant location will prepare the new option in its own unique way, with the Greene King London and Brighton stores serving it alongside a portion of chips and mushy peas to replicate the traditional English dish of fish and chips.
Vegan musician Moby has revealed in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he will no longer be going on tour, and instead plans to focus on fighting for animal rights.
He told the newspaper: “Even sitting backstage for someone else’s tour made me never want to go on tour again. I toured for such a long time. There are so many other things to do in life.