This week: The true hidden cost of animal agriculture. Plus: plant-based meats are healthier and should the NHS go plant based?

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I hope your week has been a good one and your actions have had a positive impact on the lives of animals. If you’re living vegan then that’s a given 🙂

Thanks for checking out our offering this week which includes stories covering, among others, the true cost of animal agriculture, explosive growth in the plant-based protein sector and an animal testing lab turned animal sanctuary!

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This Week’s Top Story

Tackling the True Cost of the Animal Agriculture Industry …

When you pick up a steak or chicken breast at the grocery store, have you ever thought about what it truly costs? No, I’m not just talking about the price tag.

Animal agriculture is so heavily subsidised that the real cost of that meat is far more than what you pay at the checkout. This week I want to dive into the hidden world of subsidies and their impact on our planet.

First, let’s talk about the European Union. Did you know that over 80% of the EU’s farming subsidies go towards emissions-intensive animal products?

Yes, you heard that right. The same policies that should support sustainable farming are instead backing practices that perpetrate unbelievable cruelty on our farm animals and massively harm our environment.

It’s a bit like paying for your own house to be set on fire

These subsidies are not just a financial burden …

They prop up a farming system that is both socially and environmentally broken. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has, for decades, supported a model that depletes our resources and devastates ecosystems.

Trade deals and market liberalisation have only poured fuel on the fire, making it harder for sustainable farming practices to compete.

Denmark is one country trying to address this imbalance with a carbon tax on agriculture. It’s a step in the right direction, aiming to make the true environmental cost of farming more transparent. But we need more widespread reforms to make a significant impact.

Consider the story of a small-scale farmer in Italy who wanted to transition to organic farming. Despite the benefits for the environment and animal welfare, she struggled to get by because the subsidies she received were a fraction of what large-scale animal agriculture operations get.

This isn’t just an isolated case; it’s a systemic issue …

But we could live in a world where subsidies support sustainable farming practices. Imagine those funds going towards plant-based agriculture, promoting biodiversity, and restoring our natural habitats. It sounds almost too good to be true, but it’s a future worth fighting for.

So, what can you do? Start by questioning the real cost of the food on your plate. Support policies that push for subsidy reform and advocate for transparency in food production. Every small action counts towards creating a fairer, more sustainable food system.

So to wrap this up, we’ve explored how the meat on your plate comes with hidden costs that extend far beyond your wallet. By understanding these hidden costs and advocating for change, we can work towards a more sustainable and just agricultural system.

The true cost of animal agriculture is a price we’re all paying, but it’s not too late to make a change.

Let’s make informed choices and push for a future where the cost of food reflects its true impact on our planet, our society and our animal friends.

… and we haven’t even touched on the cost of healthcare associated with treating diseases related to consuming animal products. That’s a whole other article … maybe a ‘part 2’ for next week!

As always I’d love to know what you think. Let me know …

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Have a great week from all at Vegan Slate …

– Rohan McAvee

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Around The Vegan Web This Week Ending 30th June 24

Can Plant-Based Meats be a Heart-Healthy Swap?

A recent review led by Dr. Matthew Nagra reveals that plant-based meats are generally better for heart health than their animal-based counterparts. Despite being labeled as “ultra-processed,” these alternatives often contain less saturated fat and more fiber, contributing to improved cardiovascular health. “Swapping out meat for PBMAs is likely a more heart-healthy choice,” notes Dr. Nagra. While sodium content in some plant-based products is high, they haven’t been linked to elevated blood pressure, unlike processed meats. It’s yet more evidence that embracing plant-based living can offer significant heart health benefits.

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NHS to go Plant-Based? Public Backs Healthier Hospital Food

A new survey reveals that more than a third of Brits support switching NHS hospital menus to entirely plant-based options for their health and environmental benefits. Dr. Shireen Kassam of Plant-Based Healthcare Professionals UK highlighted, “There’s certainly an appetite to see change.” Benefits cited include promoting healthier eating post-discharge and being more inclusive. This shift aligns with broader trends towards plant-based living, which could help reduce heart disease and diabetes while also benefiting the environment.

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Plant-Based Iron Supplements Market Booms as Interest in Veganism Surges …

The plant-based iron supplements market is projected to soar to $352.9 million by 2032, driven by the growing popularity of veganism and increasing health awareness. A lead analyst at Future Market Insights highlighted, “Demand for plant-based iron supplements is set to surge at a fast pace.” These supplements offer a versatile and cost-effective alternative to animal-based iron, appealing to health-conscious consumers who also care about the animals we share our planet with. Embracing plant-based diets not only boosts individual health but also supports environmental sustainability and directly reduces the demand created for animal products.

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Deviled WunderEggs Now at Whole Foods: A Vegan Delight!

Crafty Counter has rolled out its much-anticipated Deviled WunderEggs nationwide at Whole Foods Market, offering a vegan twist on a classic favorite. These plant-based treats mimic the traditional deviled egg, complete with a “Devilish Wunder Mix” made from Fabalish Foods’ Classic Vegan Mayo. “This success underscores that the market, consumers, and retailers are ready to embrace innovative plant-based foods,” said Hema Reddy, founder of Crafty Counter. The egg whites are crafted from a blend of almonds, cashews, chickpeas, and konjac, promising the familiar texture and taste without any animal products. This launch highlights the growing demand for plant-based options and Crafty Counter’s commitment to sustainability.

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Project Pioneers Plant-Based Egg Alternatives, Seeks Partners

Palsgaard and Aarhus University are seeking partners for the €5 million PIER project aimed at developing cost-effective, sustainable plant-based alternatives to egg ingredients used in food products like cakes and dressings. Claus Hviid Christensen of Nexus stated, “We’re looking to bring in partners… testing their existing recipes and developing new recipes using solutions that are not yet available on the market.” This initiative could significantly reduce carbon emissions, highlighting the benefits of plant-based living for tackling global warming. Not to mention addressing the desperate plight of chickens in the animal agriculture industry.

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Plant-Based Protein Market Set to Skyrocket to $20.5 Billion by 2029

The global plant-based protein market, currently valued at $14.2 billion, is projected to hit $20.5 billion by 2029, driven by a growing demand for natural and clean-label food ingredients. “Consumer preference for health-centric food is fueling this surge,” says an analyst. Key protein sources include soy, peas, and lentils, which align with the rising trend of plant-based diets known for their health benefits and sustainability. This market shift underscores the increasing adoption of vegan and plant-based lifestyles​. Is the world finally waking up to a vegan future?

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