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What’s Going on in the Plant-Based World – Week of 08/30/20

  • Vegan cheese brand RIND, recent gold award winner at the Specialty Food Association’s 2020 sofi Awards, has announced plans to greatly expand its operations in order to meet the “huge domestic and international demand” for plant-based cheeses. Read more.
  • An interview with Choyce Brown, daughter of the social media star Tabitha Brown whose Tik Tok videos about easy vegan eating have gone viral in recent months. Brown recalls her mom challenging the family to go vegan for 30 days after watching the documentary What the Health, as well as the development of her vegan skincare line SkinbyChoyce. Read more.
  • Miyoko’s Creamery is legally allowed to use the word “butter” on its vegan products. The popular vegan company received a warning letter from California agricultural regulators last year claiming that the use of the word “ran afoul of state and federal law” because it implied the products are “dairy food” and would mislead customers. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg noted in his ruling that peanut butter has no dairy in it, and yet has not been attacked for use of the word. Read more.
  • Earth Overshoot Day–annually acknowledged as the point in the year when humanity’s demand on nature exceeds what the earth’s ecosystem can renew in a given year–has been delayed by approximately three weeks for 2020, with the COVID-19 lockdown cited as the reason. Currently, humans collectively live as though there are 1.6 plants worth of resources available. While noting the literal shutdown of much of the world helped things a bit this year, experts called for “much more action” to slash humanity’s ecological footprint. Read more.

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