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10 Exciting New Plant-Based Products Hitting Shelves This Year

Plant-based foods are one of the food industry’s top-selling items. Here are a few of this year’s trends, from “meatier” meat to plant-based seafood.

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Animals Benefit From a Mentally and Physically Stimulating Environment

Virtually every member of the animal kingdom benefits from a more mentally stimulating environment, especially zoo animals, cats, dogs, and even mice.

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Most Publications Show Clear Bias When Reporting on Animals

Media bias goes far beyond the pages of newspapers and websites. It feeds a culture and legal system that allows animal suffering to go unnoticed.

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These Big-Budget TV Shows Won’t Admit Where Your Meat Comes From

Studies show that television has the power to shape public opinion. But when it comes to meat production, many tip-toe around the issue.

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What Are Hot Dogs Really Made Of?

There is not a lot of actual meat in hot dogs, even when it’s listed as a top ingredient. They are mostly water and fat, but hot dog companies don’t want you to know that.

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Yearning for Utopia: A Review of Half Earth Socialism

The new book by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese details a plan to save the future from extinction, climate change, and pandemics.

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Europe’s Chicken Supply Chain Has a Human Rights Problem

An expansive new report shows that cheap poultry for markets, restaurants, and pets comes at the expense of Indigenous peoples in Brazil.

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New Documentary Predicts ‘The End of Medicine’

A new documentary film by BAFTA-award-winning director Alex Lockwood explores the underreported connections between animal farming and human disease.

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Is Veganism Becoming More Popular? Using Data to Track the Growing Trend

There are many different ways to measure the growth of veganism. One way to do so is by looking at how popular the term is on Google Trends.

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When Pigs Escape: An Interview With Filmmaker Jusep Moreno

In 2021, a pregnant pig named Matilda escaped from a farm in England. Sentient Media spoke with the independent filmmaker who decided to turn her story into a film.

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One Study, Five Headlines: How to Deal With Conflicting Diet News

A new study about vegetarian children led to conflicting reports from several media outlets, including EurekAlert! and the Daily Mail. What did the actual study say?

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Is Eating Raw Meat Dangerous? Understand the Health Risks

Eating raw meat may be a common practice around the world, but that doesn’t make it safe. Eating raw meat raises the risk of a range of health problems.

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Do Vegans Live Longer Than Meat-Eaters?

Maintaining a vegan diet can help you manage certain conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Vegans also tend to live healthier lives.

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What Foods to Avoid If You Are Lactose Intolerant

Over half of the world’s population suffers from lactose malabsorption, the condition behind lactose intolerance. Learn how to avoid its worst symptoms.

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Join Sentient Media’s Spring Donation Drive

With your help, we can continue reporting on industrial animal agriculture and its impacts.

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Meet the Women Shaping the Future of Food Tech

Women-led food tech startups are changing the fabric of the food tech industry, which they say has been dominated by “bro culture” for too long.

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Technology Is Changing Everything—Including the Way We Eat

New systems are changing what we eat, how it is made, and who makes it. These changes could expand access to high-quality food while reducing environmental impacts.

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25 New Startups Chasing the Hottest Trends in Food Tech

Food tech startups reportedly received more than $39 billion in new funding in 2021. Food delivery companies and online grocers led the way.

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How to Start Eating Plant-Based: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to change the way you eat? You came to the right place. Here’s a comprehensive guide to eating plant-based.

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Why Don’t Buddhists Eat Meat?

Buddhism focuses on doing no harm. As a result, many of its 500 million practitioners around the world, though not all of them, abstain from eating meat.

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How ‘Farm-to-Table’ Was Co-Opted by Big Meat and Dairy

The farm-to-table movement promised better, more sustainable food. But the idea has been co-opted by meat and dairy producers, who exploit it for their own financial gain.

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During Wartime, Zoo Animals Suffer in Silence

“We must take this heart-rending opportunity not to turn away, to understand that zoo animals are war victims, too,” says Barbara J. King.

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10 Creative New Recipes for People Trying to Eat Less Meat

If you’re trying to eat less meat, try one of the recipes listed in this article—all of which feature vegetables and legumes as primary ingredients.

Why Americans Are Choosing to Eat Less Meat

For the last several years, meat consumption in the United States has, in fact, been increasing. But many Americans are deciding to make a change.

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‘We’re Not Terrible People’: Animal Farmers Find Their Voice

Farmers and activists have more in common than they’re willing to admit. But the longer they fight amongst each other, the stronger the industry gets.

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The Benefits of Eating Less Meat

Reducing meat consumption can have numerous benefits on human health, the environment, and animals. Find out how to take charge of your diet today.

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Inside the Massive Effort to Rescue Animals in Ukraine

Millions of lives have been impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now in its second month. Animals, too, face the devastating impacts of the violence.

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How to Become Vegan: A Simple Guide

Veganism has grown exponentially in the last several years. Today, it is a mighty campaigning and ethical force. Want to get involved?

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Sharpen Your Writing Skills With Sentient Media’s 30-Day Challenge

Want to become a better writer? Join our 30-Day Writing Challenge.

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The Downsides of Drinking Milk: Understand the Risks

There are several health issues to consider when consuming milk. Milk contains large amounts of fat, causes acne, and can trigger allergic reactions.