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Who Is The World’s Biggest Polluter? And Your 5-A-Day

The world’s five biggest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases per year than fossil fuel giant Exxon. The top twenty combined emit more than the entire country of Germany—and by 2050, meat and dairy emissions are predicted to occupy 80% of the emissions cap set to prevent the global temperature from rising more than 1.5°C.

Plus, only six of the 35 meat and dairy producers surveyed have set comprehensive goals to reduce their emissions. [GRAIN]

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WeWork Bans Meat; and Your 5-A-Day

WeWork’s meat ban could save 15,507,103 animals and 445 million pounds of CO2 emissions and by 2023. The company has removed meat not only from the menus at company events, but also banned expensing meals containing animal meat. [Guardian]

  1. Cell-grown beef startup Mosa Meats just received $8.8 million to bring their petri dishes to the masses. Bell Food Group, one of Europe’s biggest meat processors, and drug-maker Merck KGaA are backing the project. [Market Watch]
  2. The Food Standards Agency estimates that 88% of animals killed by halal methods (outlined in the Quran) are stunned first. But stunning doesn’t guarantee that the animal feels no pain. [Aeon
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Exposing Beagle Farming in the U.S.

Supporting The Intercept’s video coverage of dog farming.

The Intercept exposes “a largely hidden, poorly regulated, and highly profitable industry in the United States that has a gruesome function: breeding dogs for the sole purpose of often torturous experimentation, after which the dogs are killed because they are no longer of use.” Sentient Media supported the video covering a rescue operation conducted on a farm with nearly 4,000 dogs.

Read more at the Intercept.

How to Spot A Happy Horse; and Your 5-A-Day

How to spot a happy horse: Look for pointed ears and listen for snorts, apparently. Horses living in restricted conditions snorted twice as much in the pasture than when they were in stalls. [PLOS]

  1. China will now pay an extra $14.95 per metric ton of soybeans from the United States as a result of Trump’s new trade tariffs. Farmers are looking elsewhere (like South America) for cheap sources of animal feed. [South China Morning Post
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Read This Book: Skeptical Vegan

There are different types of vegan—the raw vegan, the supergrain-er, the pea-protein-head, and the Instagram foodie still mourning the loss of activated charcoal from New York City menus. And then there’s Eric Lindstrom, the Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan—A Survival Guide (Skyhorse 2017).

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65% of Earth Is Unexplored

The deepest plastic bag on Earth sits 36,000 feet below water in the Mariana Trench. It’s 30 years old. Actually, pretty much everything out there was at one point touched by a human being.

Only 13% of the world’s oceans have no trace of human life (like teeny, tiny pieces of plastic ingested by plankton). And just 5% of this 33.5-million-square-mile wilderness is protected.

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