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#1 Drought Culprit: Animal Agriculture

While Californians are told to take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns, the worst offender of water consumption remains unregulated.

The California drought is a serious problem, and more and more people are catching on to what’s really causing the mass water shortage. Anti-drought campaigns point to culprits like long showers and over-watering lawns, but the worst offender is actually animal agriculture. Research has found that factory farms use at least 47 percent of California’s agricultural water consumption. To combat the growing crisis, California governor Jerry Brown ordered water consumption be reduced by 25 percent—yet exempt farms from the mandate. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesperson Tracy Reiman, "It's irresponsible to restrict water to local homes, businesses, and schools while allowing its free flow to the water-intensive production chains of the meat and dairy industries.” Reiman acknowledges that water thirsty plant crops such as alfalfa are also an issue, but says those crops are contributing to the livestock and dairy industry since they are used to feed cattle.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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