Plant-based ice cream 2.0? Eclipse Foods buoyed by ‘incredible’ early data from Whole Foods

Eclipse Foods – a plant-based brand on a mission to replicate the taste and functionality of conventional dairy rather than building a brand around ‘hero’ ingredients such as oat, almond or coconut – says early data from Whole Foods suggests its strategy is paying off.
— Read on www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2021/11/28/Plant-based-ice-cream-2.0-Eclipse-Foods-buoyed-by-incredible-early-data-from-Whole-Foods

The Best and Worst Vegan Pre-Packaged Foods and What to Buy | The Beet

When you’re buying vegan or plant-based packaged foods, reading the label tells you everything you need to know about whether it’s a healthy choice.
— Read on thebeet.com/the-best-and-worst-pre-packaged-vegan-products-and-what-to-buy-instead/

Humanity’s Impact | Studio Birthplace

Short film Humanity’s Impact explores the question:
‘How many plastic bottles do we produce globally in real time?’
And the accompanying Augmented Reality app 
invites users to interact with the data on a personal level.
Animated Series
Did you know that globally, we produce about 1 million plastic bottles per minute?
What does that number even look like? This is what you’re about to find out in Humanity’s Impact.

Set in a 1960s American suburb test site that is populated with plastic test dummies, the film unleashes 20,000 bottles per second that crash onto the unknowing cast of dummies. The bottles burst through the kitchen window, and engulf the family dog. The suburban paradise is quickly flooded, revealing the terrifying scale and rate at which we pollute our planet. Only 9% of the overwhelming pile of plastic bottles actually gets recycled, the rest is dumped or burnt, or ends up in landfills and our oceans.
Augmented Reality App
To be able to understand our own consumption behavior better, we partnered with interactive design studio Superposition to release the augmented reality app Humanity’s Impact to help users relate to consumption-related data on an even more personal level. For example, users can drop 20,000 bottles into their own kitchen or bedroom, pledge to reduce their own plastic use, track their progress, take a photo with their data and share it on social media to motivate others to take part. The app is available for free right now on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
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Before we made the highly successful film Wasteminster for Greenpeace, we made the pilot film Humanity’s Impact. With the film, we wanted to explore if we could make visible the incredible data related to humanity’s impact on our planet, putting a picture to the numbers.

Both the animated series and the accompanying augmented reality app unleash impressive data simulations, visualizing the tremendous scale in which our consumer culture operates.
The project aims to create awareness and inspire action towards a more sustainable future
— Read on www.studiobirthplace.com/humanitysimpact

Follow Your Heart “Rewrites the Rulebook” with Trio of Vegan Cheese Launches   – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine

US vegan heritage brand Follow Your Heart releases three more cheeses to plant-based range, including blue cheese, cheddar and mozzarella.
— Read on vegconomist.com/products-and-launches/follow-your-heart-rewrites-the-rulebook-with-trio-of-vegan-cheese-launches/

‘We will launch… new dairy-like technology’: Danone eyes ‘plant-based 2.0’

As Danone continues to expand its high-growth plant-based beverage business, the company intends to broaden the fixture’s appeal to the majority of consumers ‘not in the category’ through the development of new technologies that deliver ‘dairy-like’ drinks.
— Read on www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2021/08/02/We-will-launch-new-dairy-like-technology-Danone-eyes-plant-based-2.0

The 2021 Met Gala Is Going Plant-Based—Here’s Why | Bon Appétit

Yes, people eat at the Met Gala. And for the first-time ever, the food will be chef-curated and 100% plant-based.
— Read on www.bonappetit.com/story/met-gala-chefs-2021

Vegan Egg Brand Eat Just Investor Says $3 Billion IPO Coming Soon

Eat Just, maker of plant-based JUST Egg and the company behind GOOD Meat, could be shooting for a US$3 billion IPO as early as this year.
— Read on www.greenqueen.com.hk/eat-just-investor-says-3-billion-ipo-coming-soon/

New vegan chicken tenders called ‘almost identical’ to real thing — Quartz

Making plant-based chicken taste and feel authentic was a bigger challenge that replicating ground beef for Beyond Meat. Apparently, its scientists have learned from past mistakes.
— Read on qz.com/2031813/new-vegan-chicken-tenders-called-almost-identical-to-real-thing/

BBC Radio 4 – BBC Inside Science, Human use of plants beyond the limits of history.

Human impact on planet earth’s plant life might be detectable several thousand years back in fossil pollen cores taken from mud columns around the world. As Suzette Flantua and Ondrej Mottl describe in a paper published in the journal Science, a rapid acceleration in the changes in pollen species goes back further than we might have expected. This matters particularly when it comes to decisions around re-wilding and re-planting areas today in the name of conservation. As they hope to build on in future work, learning more about the state of ecosystems further back into the past might prevent us making the mistake of simply recreating different types of post-agricultural situations which might not solve the problem we are trying to fix.

One of the biggest impacts on the earth’s flora today is of course influenced by our meat consumption. The BBC’s Melanie Abbott has been to see a new exhibition opening at Oxford University’s Musuem of Natural History. Produced in association with the University’s Livestock, Environment and People research programme, this exhibition “Meat the Future”, seeks to raise awareness of the issues for health and the environment around eating – or not eating meat – and is open until January 2022.

— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wcyh