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James Beard Foundation Promotes Plant-Heavy Burgers

The prestigious non-profit is challenging chefs to create healthier burgers with smaller environmental footprints.

The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization known for bestowing some of the country’s most coveted cooking awards, is partnering this summer with the Mushroom Council to promote restaurants’ creative uses of mushrooms in burgers. The result is the Better Burger Project, which challenges chefs to create burgers with at least a 25 percent base of mushrooms before July 31. Even though JBF does not require burgers in the contest be vegetarian, they recognize that using vegetables (and, in this case, fungi such as mushrooms) in classic meals make them “more delicious, healthy, and sustainable,” underlining plants as integral elements of the best-tasting and healthiest dishes. JBF also encouraged restaurants to feature “sustainable, plant-based menu items” to “enhance” menus, a statement that could impact fine-dining and casual restaurants across the US.

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Veganism Fueling Global Demand for Coconut Milk

The coconut milk industry is expected to boom as the world population continues to steer clear of cow's milk.
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Abused-Animal Sanctuary in Mississippi Gets a Facelift

Newly reimagined Hope Animal Sanctuary features 20 tiny houses that serve as comfortable habitats for rescued animals.
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Utah Mayor Goes Vegan to Set Example for Citizens

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman will not consume animal products for 10 days—and possibly beyond—to show city residents that plant-based eating is easy.
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UK Makeup Guru Says Vegan is "The Right Thing to Do"

Jessica Rose urges makeup artists to use only vegan products to avoid supporting animal exploitation for vanity's sake.
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Karlie Kloss Touts Beyond Burger as the Future of Meat

The Victoria's Secret supermodel—and founder of female empowerment brand Kode with Klossy—visits Beyond Meat's California production facility and chats with Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson about the revolutionary plant-based patty.
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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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