Articles written by Joni Sweet

Foie Gras Humane-Washing
On November 10, Humane Society of the United States’ senior director of farm animal protection, Paul Shapiro, published an article in The Atlantic responding to...
Starbucks to Start Juicing
Starbucks’ raw and vegan customers will soon have a new option at the ubiquitous café—the company has just announced its acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Inc....
Upstate NY’s Vegan Eatery
Residents of New York’s Hudson Valley region can now pick up gourmet vegan food at a new storefront—Healthy Gourmet To-Go. Owner Roni Shapiro has been in...
Lincoln Veggie Fayre
This Saturday, celebrate World Vegan Month by heading to Lincoln, UK for the town’s fourth-annual Veggie Fayre. Hosted by the cruelty-free groups Vegan Lincs, Animal Aid...
U of Wyoming’s Dining Site
Cruelty-free dining at the University of Wyoming has just gotten a whole lot easier—the university has released a new site to help students track the ingredients in...
Animal Activists Honored
Late last month, 13 members of the Palm Springs, CA community were honored for their dedication to improving the lives of animals at the Desert Paws Courage In...
Vegan Store Fundraiser
Residents of Olympia, WA may soon be able to shop at an all-vegan lifestyle shop if Lesli Baker receives enough funding on her Indiegogo campaign. Named Oly Vegan...
Thankful Turkeys: Meet Dale
This month, meet four turkeys whose incredible stories make us even more grateful to live cruelty-free this Thanksgiving.
Scientific American Goes Veg
Last week, Scientific American released the diary of writer James Byrne as he spent a month trying a vegan diet. The blog post features a month’s worth of diary...
LA’s Vegan Cupcake Contest
The creators behind Los Angeles’ vegan Urban Food Crawl, Jen Bardekoff and Sheri Wheeler, are expanding their repertoire, this time with a baking contest called...
Subway’s New Vegan Patty
Select Subway restaurants in Canada have begun offering an all-vegan patty for its sandwiches. Dubbed the “Totally Vegged” Vegetable Patty, the cruelty-free creation...
Chicago VeganMania Tomorrow
The Windy City will be hosting the third-annual Chicago VeganMania tomorrow. Sponsored by big names like Chicago Soydairy, Mercy For Animals, and The Chicago...
HSUS Files Welfare Complaint
The Humane Society of the United States has filed a complaint against Smithfield Foods, a major pork supplier for McDonald’s. Received by the US Securities and Exchange...
Vegan Knitting for Beginners
Knit yourself warm this winter with cruelty-free yarns and creative designs.
Raw Cooking Course on DVD
A new DVD cooking course teaches viewers how to make a gourmet, raw vegan feast just in time for the holiday season. Created by California’s Living Light Culinary...
White Produce Reduces Strokes
While nutritionists agree that it’s important to eat a variety of colored produce, a recent study published in the September issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart...
Thankful Turkeys: Meet Hildy
This month, meet four turkeys whose incredible stories make us even more grateful to live cruelty-free this Thanksgiving.
Food Insecurity Infographic
A new infographic from GOOD magazine reveals increased rates of food insecurity in the US. According to the graph, about one in seven US households were food-insecure...
Meatless Monday at UT School
Salt Lake City’s Granite School District ran a trial of Meatless Mondays during school lunches this October. The measure was implemented as a way to help the...
15 Veg Thanksgiving Events
From potluck dinners to feasting with rescued turkeys, these holiday events will fill your belly (and heart!) with thanks.
Vegan Trick-or-Treat Site
Looking for a vegan and allergen-free trick-or-treat session? No Trick Treats! website has just the answer for you. The Halloween site is creating a database of all the houses...
Boston Veg Fest
Celebrate the cruelty-free lifestyle on the East Coast this weekend at the 16th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. The two-day event takes place at the...
Animal Testing Down
Major reforms in animal testing are underway in the Netherlands this month. While testing on primates closely related to humans was banned in 2003, major Dutch research firm...
Ozzy Osbourne Goes Vegan
The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, has announced that he’s trying a vegan diet. He revealed his decision to cut meat and dairy from his meals on The Talk, a TV show...
France Requires Meat at School
Earlier this month, the French government passed a new law mandating that all meals served at schools include fish, dairy, meat, or offal as a means of providing protein...
New Online Vegan Magazine Launches
Budding magazine creators share how to build the vegan community and launch a 'zine in five easy steps.
Horse Slaughter Continues
A new report issued by the US Government Accountability Office says that roughly the same number of horses from the US are still being slaughtered for human and...
Dangerous Sodium Levels
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report stating that more than 88 percent of Americans exceed the recommended daily amount...
McCartney Writes Veg Cookbook
Former Beatle Paul McCartney will soon release his first-ever vegetarian cookbook. Co-authored with Annie Riggs and his two daughters, Stella and Mary...
New Food Label Report
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine urges the government to mandate a new food-labeling system. Similar to Energy Star ratings, which identify energy-efficient...
Vegan Food Crawl
The Urban Food Crawl provides participants with a taste of the best vegan food in a three-mile, four-hour, six-restaurant tour of Downtown Los Angeles.
World Go Vegan Week Kicks Off
October 24 marks the kick-off of World Go Vegan Week, a celebration of compassion hosted by animal-welfare organization In Defense of Animals. In honor of this...
Blog Hosts Plants-Only Pledge
The family-focused blog Veggie Kids is encouraging readers to sign up for a new two-week, plants-only pledge. Sarah Creighton, creator of Veggie Kids, believes...
Courses Drop Use of Animals
The practice of using live animals in trauma-medicine training courses has officially ended in Canada after two institutions recently agreed to switch to computerized simulators...
Bakeries and Vegan Labels
An article published in Monday’s The Wall Street Journal discusses examines the views popular vegan bakery owners regarding customers reactions to products labeled...
Dr. Oz Features Vegan Author
Vegan author and dietitian Julieanna Hever will appear on The Dr. Oz Show at the end of this month. Julieanna Hever, a VegNews columnist, will be discussing the benefits...
Going for Gold on the Ice
Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel opens up to VegNews about how a vegan lifestyle helps her pursue gold.
Vegan Cakes Fundraiser
If a Milwaukee coffee shop reaches its $3,000 funding goal, customers may soon have their selection of more than 80 flavors of vegan cakes, right on the premises...
Gluten-Free Food Box
A group in the San Francisco area has created a new box to provide monthly installments of gluten-free, dairy-free food for participants. Modeled after community...
Allergen-Free Game Day
Kim Lutz reveals her football-ready recipes and her top five tips for throwing the perfect game day bash.
Study: Gulf Seafood Unsafe
A new study from the National Resources Defense Council has found that the health risks associated with contaminants of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico...
Retail Ban on Dogs and Cats
On Tuesday, the City Council of Irvine, CA voted to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats within city limits. The proposal gained momentum in August after Irvine Co...
Meat Production Increases
A new report from Worldwatch Institute has found that worldwide rates of meat production have increased 20 percent in the past decade. According to the report...
Art Exposes Animal Cruelty
A new art exhibit in Phoenixville, PA is working to show viewers the contrast between the idealized commercial view of animals versus their actual commercial treatment...
Ecorazzi Restaurant Week
More than 30 restaurants across the US are celebrating Ecorazzi’s fifth anniversary with a week of specials.
Vegucated US Tour Kicks Off
Marisa Miller Wolfson’s award-winning documentary Vegucated will launch its US tour this week, starting with a premiere in New York City tomorrow. Screenings in...
Factory Farms Lack Inspection
An Atlanta-based newspaper has reported that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued a fine to just one of 152 large farms it is supposed...
Nasoya Tofu Challenge
Veg food company Nasoya is challenging people to convince their meat-loving friends to try tofu, via its Nasoya Tofu U Open Enrollment Challenge. Nasoya wants participants...
Veg Business Named Finalist
A vegan business has been named one of 10 semifinalists in nonprofit Hatch Detroit’s retail contest and is now competing to win a $50,000 prize. Stephanie Selvaggio...
Ban Australia’s Fur Trade
The animal-welfare group Human Society International called for a ban on the fur trade in Australia last week. The call to end the country’s fur trade came after investigators...

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