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GM Crops Harming Butterflies

Scientists have linked genetically modified crops to a dramatic decline in butterfly populations.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University links Monsanto’s genetically modified crops to a drastic decline in monarch butterfly populations. According to the study’s authors, the number of monarch eggs in the Midwest declined by approximately 81 percent between 1999 and 2010, a period during which genetically modified crops became standard in the agricultural industry. Researchers say the rise of herbicide-resistant corn and soybean crops has enabled farmers to eradicate weeds easily—including milkweed, which serves as the host plant for monarch eggs and caterpillars. In light of these findings, some conservationists are proposing an increase in cultivating monarch habitats in pastures, gardens, and other areas outside agricultural fields.

Indian Startup Debuts Vegan Mutton

Good Dot has developed a vegan replacement for mutton—India's second most-consumed meat—in an effort to fight the country's increased meat consumption.
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Ruby Rose Blasts Prada for Using Her Face on Leather Bag

The vegan actress vows to create a copycat animal-free version of the disputed handbag.
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Vegan Lunch Introduced at 35 More LAUSD Schools

A menu of 10 rotating vegan dishes will be available to thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students across Los Angeles starting in January.
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Groundbreaking Vegan Documentary Debuts in 2018

Filmmaker brothers behind new documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction aim to inspire viewers to adopt a plant-based diet and already have Leonardo DiCaprio's support.
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McDonald's Expands McVegan Burger Across Nordic Region

After a successful trial run in one Finnish location, the international chain's all-vegan burger will be available across locations in Sweden and Finland this month.
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