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Inspiring global action to end factory farming

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The big picture In the United States alone, we consume more than 200 pounds of meat per person per year despite the rising trend in plant-based foods and diets. Meat and dairy consumption in developing nations is on the rise with no expectations of abating any time soon. Eating less meat and dairy reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer — and, it decreases our carbon footprint and helps to reduce the suffering of farmed...

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Putting animal agriculture on the climate agenda

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Extreme weather, wildfires, floods, coral reefs dying, glacial retreat, polar bears starving… we hear it every day now. Some of us are already experiencing the effects of climate change — hurricanes, heat waves, drought. Soon, most of us will. Human activity and a growing population are putting the environment, wildlife and biodiversity, and the future of humankind itself in jeopardy. We are faced with the task of tackling some of the biggest challenges in history. From global food security and resource depletion to environmental degradation...

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Let’s talk about clean meat

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Clean meat? Me? “Clean meat” is here. It’s real. It’s a thing. Meat grown from in vitro animal cell cultures rather than from slaughtered animals. Widespread availability may be a way off as the product is refined and scaled up, but clean meat will soon be a talking point in our discussions with the public about animal farming and plant-based eating. Development is on a fast track, spurred by investment from technology firms and some of the largest food companies in the world. It’s a...

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A virtual tour of VegFund

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Check it out! VegFund’s all-new website, new grant system, and new activist forum. We invite you to celebrate what we’ve designed for you, inspired by you — our grantees. We reconceived VegFund’s technology platforms over the past year to foster connections and improve our support of the global force of individuals and organizations who communicate their passion for vegan living in partnership with VegFund’s grant programs. The new website was rebuilt from scratch for improved ease-of-use and with expanded grantee support material and information that...

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Clean meat

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Faunalytics, a nonprofit research organization, with support from The Good Food Institute (GFI), recently released important new research on consumer acceptance of clean meat. Clean meat (also referred to as cultured meat or in vitro meat) is real meat produced without the need to breed, raise, and slaughter farm animals. Clean meat is expected to be widely available in the next few years, and it has the potential to positively impact the lives and animals, people, and the environment. But most consumers will need to...

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Animal Rights National Conference 2018

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VegFund was delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Animal Rights National Conference 2018, in Los Angeles, June 28 to July 1. The event, organized and hosted by FARM USA, was a great success, attracting more than 1,700 attendees from 46 states across the United States and 17 other countries. Animal advocates gathered — with great passion and energy — to share, discuss, strategize, and network. It’s an exciting time for this global movement! We loved speaking with current and potential grantees and look...

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5 Days of SAVE

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This month, on June 11–15, The Save Movement — considered to be the fastest growing grassroots animal rights community in the world — hosted its annual week of action, 5 Days of SAVE. Now in its third year, this five-day event observes a global network of animal advocates coming together to bear witness to the suffering of farmed animals and to promote veganism as a solution to their suffering. Approximately 26 Save groups held vigil events in their local areas over the five-day period. Activists used photography and...

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It’s all about the plants!

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Even as plant-based diets become more common, and the word “vegan” crops up in everyday conversation, the global consumption of animal products continues to rise. Factory farming practices are taking root in developing countries, adopting western agricultural models, and with this comes the urgent need to address the effects — past, present, and future — of a now-global unsustainable farming system. “Animal farming is one of the leading contributors to climate change and environmental degradation. At least 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused...

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Real Food For Kids

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On March 17, 2018, Real Food for Kids (RFFK) hosted its 6th Annual Culinary Competition & Wellness Expo at a secondary school in Alexandria, Virginia with excellent support from the community. This innovative educational outreach event had one singular objective – to engage students in the issue of school food. “With our youth as leaders, we seek to gain insight into potential school nutrition solutions as our students share their creativity and enthusiasm in a competitive format.” Real Food for Kids began as a voice...

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Cruelty-free takes the fashion world by storm

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A recent surge in public and governmental awareness about the cruelty involved in factory fur farming is thanks to the tireless efforts of animal advocates across the world. Animal rights activists — from grassroots to our largest AR organizations — are persuading governments and communities to change policies and legislation for the benefit of animals who suffer in this cruel industry. Top fashion brands embrace fur-free The growing trend in fur-free fashion is being spearheaded by some of the world’s leading fashion designers, who are...

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