Taxing red meat would save many lives, research shows

Taxing red meat would save many lives, research shows

The cost of bacon and sausages would double if the harm they cause to people’s health was taken into account

Damian Carrington Environment editor Tue 6 Nov 2018 13.00 EST Last modified on Tue 6 Nov 2018 14.00 EST


A ‘sin tax’ on meat products such as beef, lamb and pork is inevitable in the longer term, say some experts. Taxing red meat would save many lives and raise billions to pay for healthcare, according to new research. It found the cost of processed meat such as bacon and sausages would double if the harm they cause to people’s health was taken into account.

Governments already tax harmful products to reduce their consumption, such as sugar, alcohol and tobacco. With growing evidence of the health and environmental damage resulting from red meat, some experts now believe a “sin tax” on beef, lamb and pork is inevitable in the longer term.

The World Health Organization declared processed red meat to be a carcinogen in 2015, and unprocessed red meat such as steaks and chops to be a probable carcinogen. However, people in rich nations eat more than the recommended amount of red meat, which is also linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

The new research looked at the level of tax needed to reflect the healthcare costs incurred when people eat red meat. It found that a 20% tax on unprocessed red meat and a 110% tax on the more harmful processed products across rich nations, with lower taxes in less wealthy nations, would cut annual deaths by 220,000 and raise $170bn (£130bn)…

FINISH READING: Taxing red meat would save many lives, research shows | Environment | The Guardian


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Tofurky Wants to Save the World, One Thanksgiving Roast at a Time. It’s Now Sold 5 Million

Tofurky Wants to Save the World, One Thanksgiving Roast at a Time. It’s Now Sold 5 Million

John Patrick Pullen Fri, Nov 16 6:30 AM EST

Ah, Thanksgiving: the annual holiday when Americans gather around the table with the people they’re closest to (genetically, at least) for a feast of traditional food, prayers, stories of gratefulness, and—hopefully silent— judgments about their friends and family. ‘I bet she voted for you-know-who,’ one likely muses. ‘He said what about my football team?’ wonders another. And, the more and more common refrain, ‘They’re serving a Tofurky this year!?’

But Tofurky is a lot more than simply the maker of the football-sized tofu loaf that’s helped give vegetarians and vegans a seat at the Thanksgiving table. A punchline practically since its founding, the Hood River, Ore. company has ridden out nearly four decades of good-natured ridicule to become one of the world’s leading meat-alternative makers, and perhaps the most recognized name in a space that’s been rushed by venture-backed startups like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

And as the calendar turns towards another gravy-fueled holiday, the company has announced that it will sell its 5 millionth Thanksgiving roast this year—a number that proves Tofurky is no joke. (Though its not exactly a threat to the traditional bird: Americans buy 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.) Still, the milestone is about more than just sales, the company says.

“That’s five million times somebody took a personal risk to show up to a Thanksgiving meal with something that was weird,” says Erin Ransom, Tofurky’s head of marketing. “It’s five million times that somebody put the roast on the table and said ‘Try it with me—and if you like it that’s cool. Maybe there’s more for you in this way of eating.”

“Research suggests that all those risky dishes are starting to pay off. According to NPD’s annual Eating Patterns in America report, 14% of Americans are using plant-based proteins as a substitute for meat on a regular basis. In fact, nearly one in ten are eschewing meats that come from animals, with 1% of people identifying as vegan or vegetarian, and 8% partaking in flexitarian diets, which means they’re primarily vegetarian but occasionally partake in meat or fish. And they’re not just forgoing flesh over ethical or humane concerns; health and environmental worries are also causing people to rethink how they eat.“

That’s not a fad,” says Chase Worthen, a buyer of vegetarian products for Walmart, which stocks Tofurky products in 4,000 of its stores. “It’s a trend that’s here to stay.”…

FINISH READING: Tofurky Wants to Save the World, One Thanksgiving Roast at a Time. It’s Now Sold 5 Million






 

California bill banning sale of animal-tested cosmetics goes to governor 

A proposal that passed the California Legislature on Friday would impose the nation’s strictest laws on animal testing for cosmetics.  Senate Bill 1249 would make California the first state to outlaw the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.

The ban applies to animal testing of a cosmetic or its ingredients conducted after 2019, but would allow exceptions to comply with Food and Drug Administration or foreign agency requirements.

In the final days of the session, legislators amended SB 1249 to narrow the ban’s scope, focusing on animal testing conducted by the cosmetic manufacturer or suppliers. The earlier version, which met significant opposition, applied even when the group conducting the animal testing was unrelated to the cosmetics company. That version would have prevented companies from using ingredients where animal tests were required for non-cosmetic reasons, including testing to ensure a chemical does not cause cancer.

“The supply-chain focus has helped to remove the majority of significant opposition,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton).

Lawmakers also removed a provision that would have put a 2023 expiration date on the foreign regulations exemption.

Central to the debate was China, where imported cosmetics are tested on animals. Opponents of SB 1249 said the measure would prompt companies to move manufacturing to China, eliminating American jobs.

Supporters, however, said the Chinese law was weakly enforced and likely to change before the foreign regulations exemption expired. They pointed to animal-free companies that have successfully managed to market products to Chinese consumers.

The bill’s new language keeps the foreign regulations exemption in place indefinitely, as long the manufacturer does not use animal testing evidence to guarantee the product’s safety in California. After the changes were made, the Personal Care Products Council, which opposed the previous version, expressed its support.

Other backers included…

FINISH READING: California bill banning sale of animal-tested cosmetics goes to governor after last-minute changes shrink its scope






 

Bayer’s Monsanto faces 8,000 lawsuits on glyphosate 

Bayer’s Monsanto faces 8,000 lawsuits on glyphosate

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The number of U.S. lawsuits brought against Bayer’s (BAYGn.DE) newly acquired Monsanto has jumped to about 8,000, as the German drugmaker braces for years of legal wrangling over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers.

Bayer had previously disclosed 5,200 such lawsuits against Monsanto, which it acquired in a $63 billion deal completed in June.“The number of plaintiffs in both state and federal litigation is approximately 8,000 as of end-July. These numbers may rise or fall over time but our view is that the number is not indicative of the merits of the plaintiffs’ cases,” Bayer Chief Executive Werner Baumann told analysts in a conference call on Thursday…

FINISH READING: Bayer’s Monsanto faces 8,000 lawsuits on glyphosate | Reuters






 

After the biggest stock market sell-off in history, what’s next for Facebook? 

 

After the biggest stock market sell-off in history, what’s next for Facebook?

Social media giant posts big profit, but other numbers show potential long-term problems

Pete Evans · CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 28

Facebook still earns massive profits, but the company learned a harsh lesson this week about managing investor expectations.

When Facebook posted its quarterly results on Wednesday, the stock market sell-off that followed was dramatic.

By the time the market closed the next day, the company had lost $100 billion in shareholder value.

It was the biggest sell-off in Wall Street history.

A market meltdown like that inevitably left the company’s investors wondering “What’s next for Facebook?”

 *Facebook should be liable for ‘fake news,’ British lawmakers say

*In privacy fight, we’re asking Facebook the wrong questions

After all, it wasn’t a set of ugly numbers that sent investors to the exit. The company still made gobs of money — more than $5 billion in profit, in fact. But the sell-off was sparked by fears that the endless growth may soon come to an end.

To Ramona Pringle, a CBC columnist and media professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, the company’s main problem is the same one that has felled many of its technological ancestors — you’re cool, until you’re not.

And to young people at least, the world’s biggest social media company is decidedly not.

“Talk to anyone under 22,” she says, “and they’re not on Facebook.”

FINISH READING: After the biggest stock market sell-off in history, what’s next for Facebook? | CBC






 

Meat and Dairy Surpass Oil Companies as Largest Pollutants

Meat and Dairy Surpass Oil Companies as Largest Pollutants

The world’s five biggest meat and dairy producers emit more combined greenhouse gases than ExxonMobil, Shell, or BP, the top three oil production companies, according to a new report by GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

Researchers tracked greenhouse gas emissions for 35 of the largest producers of beef, pork, poultry, and dairy.

Researchers found that the companies’ emissions are reaching dangerous levels due to unregulated growth and governmental subsidies to ensure inexpensive production costs and supplies such as animal grain.

The report calls for a reduction of greenhouse gases by 38 billion tons by 2050. The report states that many of the largest meat and dairy producers do not report emissions, and many are increasing production with no efforts in place to reduce their emissions. If production remains unregulated, by 2050, meat and dairy farms will account for 80 percent of the budgeted greenhouse gas emissions…

Emissions impossible: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet. GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) web site. Available at:https://www.grain.org/article/entries/5976–impossible-how-big-meat-and-dairy-are-heating-up-the-planet. Published July 18, 2018. Accessed July 19, 2018.

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Did You know That Oreo Cookies Were Vegan?

I still don’t like them. The creamy center isn’t creamy at all. Maybe I’ll give them a try again. I’ll have to be sure to buy some nut milk for dunking.

Later.






 

83 Bottles Of Wine On The Shelf: RE: Arsenic In Wine Lawsuit

Remember the lawsuit alleging that 83 wine brands were in violation of California labeling laws, with the plaintiffs claiming that the wineries had a responsibility to warn consumers of the risk of high levels of arsenic found in the wine? I often thought about it, and just today decided to see where that stood, not realizing how much time had passed. Well, the case was dismissed. The judge ruled that the hazardous labeling on all wine bottles was sufficient given that there were no government studies proving that trace amounts of arsenic in wine posed a health risk.

The companies apparently never did deny the arsenic claims, neither did any stores remove any of the wine from the shelves in the name of public safety.

The plaintiffs vowed to continue the fight. Just in case you were wondering as I did at the time, which bottles from which companies when tested showed, what were reported as containing, high levels of arsenic. Here they are: You make up your own mind.

  1. Acronym’s GR8RW Red Blend 2011
  2. Almaden’s Heritage White Zinfandel
  3. Almaden’s Heritage Moscato
  4. Almaden’s Heritage White Zinfandel
  5. Almaden’s Heritage Chardonnay
  6. Almaden’s Mountain Burgundy
  7. Almaden’s Mountain Rhine
  8. Almaden’s Mountain Chablis
  9. Arrow Creek’s Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  10. Bandit’s Pinot Grigio
  11. Bandit’s Chardonnay
  12. Bandit’s Cabernet Sauvignon
  13. Bay Bridge’s Chardonnay
  14. Beringer’s White Merlot 2011
  15. Beringer’s White Zinfandel 2011
  16. Beringer’s Red Moscato
  17. Beringer’s Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
  18. Charles Shaw White Zinfandel 2012
  19. Colores del Sol’s Malbec 2010
  20. Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen REserve Pinot Grigio 2012
  21. Concannon’s Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
  22. Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot 2010
  23. Cook’s Spumante
  24. Corbett Canyon’s Pinot Grigio
  25. Corbett Canyon’s Cabernet Sauvignon
  26. Cupcake’s Malbec 2011
  27. Fetzer’s Moscato 2010
  28. Fetzer’s Pinot Grigio 2011
  29. Fisheye Pinot Grigio 2012
  30. Flipflop’s Pinot Grigio 2012
  31. Flipflop’s Moscato
  32. Flipflop’s Cabernet Sauvignon
  33. Foxhorn’s White Zinfandel
  34. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Grenache
  35. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Zinfandel
  36. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Merlot
  37. Franzia’s Vintner Select Burgundy
  38. Hawkstone’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  39. HRM Rex Goliath’s Moscato
  40. Korbel’s Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine
  41. Korbel’s Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
  42. Menage a Trois’ Pinot Grigio 2011
  43. Menage a Trois’ Moscato 2010
  44. Menage a Trois’ White Blend 2011
  45. Menage a Trois’ Chardonnay 2011
  46. Menage a Trois’ Rose 2011
  47. Menage a Trois’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  48. Menage a Trois’ California Red Wine 2011
  49. Mogen David’s Concord
  50. Mogen David’s Blackberry Wine
  51. Oak Leaf’s White Zinfandel
  52. Pomelo’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  53. R Collection by Raymond’s Chardonnay 2012
  54. Richards Wild Irish Rose’s Red Wine
  55. Seaglass’s Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  56. Simply Naked’s Moscato 2011
  57. Smoking Loon’s Viognier 2011
  58. Sutter Home’s Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  59. Sutter Home’s Gewurztraminer 2011
  60. Sutter Home’s Pink Moscato
  61. Sutter Home’s Pinot Grigio 2011
  62. Sutter Home’s Moscato
  63. Sutter Home’s Chenin Blanc 2011
  64. Sutter Home’s Sweet Red 2010
  65. Sutter Home’s Riesling 2011
  66. Sutter Home’s White Merlot 2011
  67. Sutter Home’s Merlot 2011
  68. Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel 2011
  69. Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel 2012
  70. Sutter Home’s Zinfandel 2010
  71. Trapiche’s Malbec 2012
  72. Tribuno’s Sweet Vermouth
  73. Vendange’s Merlot
  74. Vendange’s White Zinfandel
  75. Wine Cube’s Moscato
  76. Wine Cube’s Pink Moscato 2011
  77. Wine Cube’s Pinot Grigio 2011
  78. Wine Cube’s Pinot Grigio
  79. Wine Cube’s Chardonnay 2011
  80. Wine Cube’s Chardonnay
  81. Wine Cube’s Red Sangria
  82. Wine Cube’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  83. Wine Cube’s Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011

Source of list: https://patch.com/maryland/rockville/wines-named-lawsuit-over-arsenic-levels-whatever-happened-icymi-0






 

Cannabis-Infused Beverages Emerge as Potential Beer Industry Disruptor 

 

U.S. consumers looking to catch a buzz without the booze will soon be able to purchase an assortment of beer-centric products thanks to a pair of ventures aiming to disrupt the current alcohol market with cannabis-infused beverages.

Petaluma, California-headquartered Lagunitas Brewing Company, which has a well-documented history with marijuana and is now wholly owned by Amsterdam-based Heineken International B.V., today announced the launch of two psychedelic sparkling water products.

Called Hi-Fi Hops, the two “IPA-inspired” non-alcoholic beverages are made in partnership with CannaCraft — which produces the AbsoluteXtracts line of vape cartridges — and contain zero alcohol, zero calories, and zero carbohydrates.

Set to debut at California-licensed dispensaries on July 30, the hoppy sparkling water beverages come in two doses: one containing 5 mg of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and 5 mg of CBD (Cannabidiol), and another containing 10 mg of THC.

According to representatives from both companies, who declined to reveal the specific financial terms of their arrangement, Lagunitas will produce the hop-infused, carbonated water and ship the liquid to CannaCraft’s facility in nearby Santa Rosa, California.

CannaCraft will then infuse its emulsified THC and CBD oils into the hoppy water, and package upwards of 25,000 12 oz. cans (about 75 barrels) for distribution throughout California.

Speaking to Brewbound, Lagunitas spokeswoman Karen Hamilton said the products – which prominently display the Lagunitas logo and are branded with the company’s signature splotch moniker — would retail for $8 and have a shelf life of eight months.“If you are going to do an extension of your brand, it makes sense to create continuity, otherwise there is no connection,” Hamilton said, noting that the two companies hope to build off of Lagunitas’ image as a high-end producer of hoppy beers, as well as its penchant for marijuana as the emerging market for THC-infused beverages, grows.“There is a pretty big frontier ahead,” she added. “It is an exciting one, and the future is unknown, but we know that Cannabis and CBD will be a big part of it.”…

FINISH READING: Cannabis-Infused Beverages Emerge as Potential Beer Industry Disruptor | Brewbound.com






 

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show 

US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.

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AT&T Chief Attacks Lawsuit to Block Time Warner Merger 

By Cecilia KangApril 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, on Thursday attacked the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block its merger with Time Warner, saying that a combined company would be no different from the Silicon Valley giants that make and distribute video content.

As the last witness for the defense in the Justice Department’s legal battle against AT&T’s $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner, Mr. Stephenson portrayed the 140-year-old phone giant as being in an existential crisis and in need of the deal with Time Warner to compete against tech companies.

He called the blockbuster merger a “vision deal” that would allow AT&T to better match up against Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, which he referred to as “F.A.A.N.G.”

“The F.A.A.N.G. are all focused on premium video,” Mr. Stephenson said, comparing the proposed merger to the businesses of tech giants. “All of them are vertically integrated.”

The Justice Department sued to block the union of AT&T and Time Warner last November, saying it would hurt consumers who would likely see their monthly cable bills increase. The trial is being closely watched as a barometer of how the Trump Administration may treat mega-mergers, and for the implications of the case on antitrust policy and the entertainment landscape.

The trial is expected to wrap up in coming days after rebuttal arguments by the Justice Department and closing statements by both sides. Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, who is presiding over the case, is expected to make a decision on the suit as early as the end of May…

FINSH READING: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/technology/att-ceo-time-warner-merger.html?partner=IFTTT






 

Gordon Ramsay turns vegan for one slice of vegan pizza?!?

TAFC Comment: I don’t see where tweeting that someone is going to try a slice of vegan pizza – from one of his own shops – registers as a proclamation that he is giving up cooking and eating animals. It sounds more like a publicity stunt to focus world attention on his new London eatery called Gordon Ramsey’s Street Pizza. He wants vegan people to know they can get a slice of vegan pizza at his new restaurant.

I think he turned vegan for one slice of pizza.

What about all of his animal based restaurants? All animal-free now?

Trick me once, trick me twice…

PETA got in on the news – stunt or not – by treating it as real, and even responding to it with a video of a woman telling her own ‘becoming a vegan’ story.

Time will tell.

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CELEBRITY chef and long-time vegan critic Gordon Ramsay has now revealed he’s embracing the popular food trend. In a tweet posted yesterday, Ramsay shared a photo of a pizza from his new London eatery, Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza. It was accompanied by the caption “Going to give this #vegan thing a try … Yes guys you heard that right.”

The 51-year-old’s latest revelation has shocked many fans, as the three-Michelin-star chef and star of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares has earned a reputation for being staunchly anti-vegan and vegetarian in the past. In 2005, Ramsay sparked outrage after giving a pizza which secretly contained meat to a vegetarian during an episode of the second series of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares — an episode which aired during National Vegetarian Week. In 2007, he criticised former Girl’s Aloud singer Cheryl Ann Tweedy for her vegetarianism during an episode of The F Word, and later that year the father-of-four said in an interview he would “electrocute” his kids if they ever adopted a plant-based diet. In 2016, he tweeted that he was allergic to vegans which caused a fresh controversy, and in February this year Ramsay offended vegans around the world after his tweet stating “I’m a member of PETA! People eating tasty animals …” went viral…

Source: Gordon Ramsay turns vegan: Chefs says ‘he’s going to give this thing a try’






 

 

Häagen-Dazs Releases 4 New Vegan Ice Cream Bars and Pints

HÄAGEN-DAZS RELEASES 4 NEW VEGAN ICE CREAM BARS AND PINTS

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Posted by Kat Smith | Apr 4, 2018

Popular ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs has just expanded its line of vegan ice cream products to include four new desserts: chocolate-covered vegan ice cream bars and dairy-free pints that feature cookie crumbles.

The new pint options are Crunchy Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies and Crème, both of which are part of the Trio Crispy Layers collection. Both flavors feature the company’s non-dairy ice cream base layered with crispy cookie crumble pieces. And for the first time ever, Häagen-Dazs will offer vegan versions of its signature chocolate-covered ice cream bars in Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and Coconut Caramel Dark Chocolate.

“We start every non-dairy dessert from core ingredients like rich peanut butter, velvet coconut cream, or real pieces of chocolate to create a creamier, more authentic experience,” the company stated.

Last summer, Häagen-Dazs released its first four vegan ice cream flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle, and Mocha Chocolate Cookie. To start, the flavors were available only at Target, but earlier this year, the brand expanded distribution to include grocery stores across the nation…

FINISH READING: Häagen-Dazs Releases 4 New Vegan Ice Cream Bars and Pints






 

A vaccine for edible plants? 

A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon

Date: April 5, 2018

Source: University of Helsinki

Summary: Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals. A new project is shedding light on the efficacy of environmentally friendly RNA-based vaccines that protect plants from diseases and pests.

Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals. A new collaborative project between the University of Helsinki and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is shedding light on the efficacy of environmentally friendly RNA-based vaccines that protect plants from diseases and pests.

Plant diseases and pests cause considerable crop losses and threaten global food security. The diseases and pests have traditionally been fought with chemical pesticides, which spread throughout our environment and may be hazardous to human health, beneficial organisms and the environment.

“A new approach to plant protection involves vaccinating plants against pathogens with double-stranded RNA molecules that can be sprayed directly on the leaves,” explains Dr Minna Poranen of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences.The vaccine triggers a mechanism known as RNA interference, which is an innate defence mechanism of plants, animals and other eukaryotic organisms against pathogens. The vaccine can be targeted to the chosen pathogen by using RNA molecules which share sequence identity with the pest’s genes and prevents their expression…

Finish Reading: A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon — ScienceDaily






 

Where’s the beef? For Impossible Foods it’s in boosting burger sales and raising hundreds of millions

Where’s the beef?

For Impossible Foods it’s in boosting burger sales and raising hundreds of millions

Jonathan Shieber,TechCrunch Tue, Apr 3 5:38 PM EDT

Any company that’s looking to replace the more than 5 billion pounds of ground beef making its way onto tables in the U.S. every year with a meatless substitute is going to need a lot of cash.

It’s a big vision with lots of implications for the world — from climate change and human health to challenging the massive, multi-billion dollar industries that depend on meat — and luckily for Impossible Foods (one of the many companies looking to supplant the meat business globally), the company has managed to attract big-name investors with incredibly deep pockets to fund its meatless mission.

In the seven years since the company raised its first $7 million investment from Khosla Ventures, Impossible Foods has managed to amass another $389 million in financing — most recently in the form of a convertible note from the Singaporean global investment powerhouse Temasek (which is backed by the Singaporean government) and the Chinese investment fund Sailing Capital (a state-owned investment fund backed by the Communist Party-owned Chinese financial services firm, Shanghai International Group).

“Part of the reason why we did this as a convertible note is that we knew we would increase our valuation with the launch of our business,” says David Lee, Impossible Foods chief operating officer. “We closed $114 million in the last 18 months.” The company raised its last equity round of $108 million in September 2015.

Lee declined to comment on the company’s path to profitability, valuation or revenues.

Impossible began selling its meat substitute back in 2016 with a series of launches at some of America’s fanciest restaurants in conjunction with the country’s most celebrated young chefs.David Chang (of Momofuku fame in New York) and Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniére and Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb signed on in San Francisco, as well as Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in Los Angeles.”When we launched a year ago, we were producing out of a pilot facility,” says Impossible co-founder Pat Brown. [Now] we have a full-fledged production facility producing 2.5 million pounds per month at the end of the year.”

The new facility, which opened in Oakland last year, has its work cut out for it. Impossible has plans to expand to Asia this year and is now selling its meat in more than 1,000 restaurants around the U.S.Some would argue that the meat substitute has found its legs in the fast-casual restaurant chains that now dot the country, serving up mass-marketed, higher price point gourmet burgers. Restaurants including FatBurger, Umami Burger, Hopdoddy, The Counter, Gott’s and B Spot — the Midwest burger restaurant owned by Chef Michael Symon — all hawk Impossible’s meat substitute in an increasing array of combinations.

“When we started looking at what Pat and the team at Impossible was doing we saw a perfect fit with the values and mission that Impossible has to drive a stronger mindset around what it is to be conscientious about what is going on,” says Umami Burger chief executive Daniel del Olmo.Since launching their first burger collaboration last year, Umami Burger has sold more than 200,000 Impossible Burgers. “Once people tried the burger they couldn’t believe that it was not meat,” says del Olmo. “They immediately understood that it was a product that they could crave. We are seeing 38 percent increase in traffic leading to 18 percent sales growth [since selling the burger].

“At $13 a pop, the Impossible Umami Burger is impossible for most American families to afford, but pursuing the higher end of the market was always the initial goal for Impossible’s founder, Patrick Brown.

A former Stanford University professor and a serial entrepreneur in the organic food space (try his non-dairy yogurts and cheeses!), Brown is taking the same path that Elon Musk used to bring electric vehicles to the market. If higher-end customers with discerning palates can buy into meatless burgers that taste like burgers, then the spending can subsidize growth (along with a few hundred million from investors) to create economics that will become more favorable as the company scales up to sell its goods at a lower price point.

Brown recognizes that 2.5 million pounds of meat substitute is no match for a 5 billion-pound ground-beef juggernaut, but it is, undeniably, a start. And as long as the company can boost sales for the companies selling its patties, the future looks pretty bright. “To get to scale you have to sell to a higher price-point,” says Brown.That approach was the opposite tack from Beyond Meat, perhaps the only other well-funded competitor for the meatless crown. Beyond Meat is selling through grocery stores like Whole Foods, in addition to partnerships of its…

FINISH READING: Where’s the beef? For Impossible Foods it’s in boosting burger sales and raising hundreds of millions







 

This ‘beer’ will get you high, not drunk

This ‘beer’ will get you high, not drunk

Kerry Justich,Yahoo Lifestyle Thu, Mar 29 1:33 PM EDT

The brewer behind Blue Moon beer is creating a beverage with THC.

The man who became a disruptor in the beer industry back in 1995 has come up with a new concept of the beverage — by integrating the psychedelic component of cannabis. Alongside his wife Jodi, Keith Villa is now establishing himself as one of the first to create a marijuana-infused beverage that actually contains THC, the cannabis chemical that produces a buzz. And if it sounds enticing yet nerve-racking for those who haven’t experienced a marijuana high before, there will be three levels of the brew to try out.

The man behind Blue Moon beer is now creating a beverage that will give you a high. After developing and overseeing the Blue Moon Belgian White brand under Coors Brewing for 23 years, and working with MillerCoors for more than three decades, Villa was ready for something new. Similar to his idea of bringing a Belgian beer to the States, his new venture is all about pushing the boundaries in terms of what beverages people might not yet know they want.

For a country where marijuana is still federally illegal, a drink that gets you high certainly falls under that category.

Ceria Beverages and its THC-infused “beer” is coming soon. “It really is a step back in time to just after Prohibition,” he told Forbes. “Back in 1933 you had a stigma with alcohol. After so many years of being illegal it took years to get over that. But once that goes away for cannabis, it will be a huge part of our economy.”…

FINISH READING: This ‘beer’ will get you high, not drunk






 

The Beyond Burger Hits Bareburger Menus NATIONWIDE

 

Attention all Bareburger lovers: as of today The Beyond Burger will be offered on-menu at all 38 of their locations NATIONWIDE, enabling more consumers to EatWhat You Love™!Replacing the elk and wild boar options on the menu, The Beyond Burger joins the Bareburger menu nationwide, offering consumers even more diverse protein options.

We’re thrilled that Bareburger joins a growing list of national burger-centric restaurants, including BurgerFi and TGI Fridays, carrying The Beyond Burger…

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Coca-Cola sales plunge as drink maker sheds bottling biz

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola swung to a fourth-quarter loss after being hit with a $3.6 billion tax charged tied to a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws.

Revenues also plunged as the world’s largest drink maker sells off its bottling operations. Industry analysts have anticipated both as the company reshapes operations, and shares headed higher in early trading Friday.

“We achieved or exceeded our full year guidance while driving significant change as we continued to transform into a total beverage company,” said CEO James Quincey. “While there is still much work to do, I am encouraged by our momentum as we head into 2018.”

The Atlanta company reported a loss of $2.75 billion, or 65 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs like the tax hit, came to 39 cents per share, which was a penny better than analysts had expected, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research…

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Newly-vegan London pub says their food sales have tripled since going plant-based

‘No matter how smart you are with ordering, there is always waste where meat and dairy products are involved. This aspect isn’t really seen by the customer but most people in the trade would acknowledge that it is a big issue.

Veganuary has been absolutely massive this year.

We’ve seen the opening of London’s first vegan Chinese.

Goodfella’s just released the UK’s first ever mainstream vegan frozen pizza. And nearly every chain seems to be bringing out their own range of plant-based sandwiches and wraps.

This month has also seen two London pubs turn 100% vegan.

Veganism isn’t a minority interest anymore.

And if you want further proof that that’s the case, just look at the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker – a pub in Islington which switched to a fully plant-based menu this year.

They’ve just reported that sales are up three-fold.

The pub turned vegan for a variety of reasons, says general manager, Sam Pryor.

‘From a sustainability point of view, it’s tragic to see the huge amount of resources that go into feeding livestock for meat only for us to have to throw unsold meat out once it’s past its use-by date,’ he explains.

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Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx 

 

Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report.

The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be readying the service for its first launch in LA in the “coming weeks,” starting, not surprisingly, with companies that sell stuff via its website.

After its initial launch in LA, Amazon will look to expand it out to other cities, possibly as soon as later this year, the WSJ says.

Of course it makes sense that Amazon would extend its service to third-party merchants working on its ecommerce platform, but the report goes further, saying Amazon would eventually like to offer shipping services to basically any other business too – with the goal of undercutting both UPS and FedEx on rates…

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U.S. food distributors allege Tyson Foods, rivals fixed chicken prices

U.S. food distributors allege Tyson Foods, rivals fixed chicken prices

Tom Polansek

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Top U.S. food distributors Sysco Corp and US Foods Holding Corp have joined retailer Winn-Dixie Stores [BILODW.UL] and other poultry buyers suing the country’s biggest chicken processors for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices.

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The distributors sued companies including Tyson Foods Inc, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Sanderson Farms Inc and Perdue Farms in separate complaints filed in federal court in Illinois on Tuesday.

The U.S. chicken sector, which is dominated by these large meat processors, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as customers and farmers have alleged antitrust violations relating to pricing, production and compensation.“This is a case about how a group of America’s chicken producers reached illegal agreements and restrained trade,” the lawsuits from Sysco and US Foods said.

Tyson, the biggest U.S. chicken company, and Pilgrim’s Pride denied the allegations on Wednesday. Sanderson Farms said it will defend itself against the claims. Privately held Perdue declined to comment.U.S. poultry buyers previously claimed in a 2016 lawsuit that Tyson and its competitors had colluded since 2008 to reduce output and manipulate prices. Winn-Dixie, which operates grocery stores throughout the southeastern United States, sued the chicken companies earlier this month.“We expect the industry to fight the allegations and come out successful,” Mizuho analyst Jeremy Scott said.

Sysco and US Foods allege processors curbed the supply of chickens by colluding to limit breeder birds that produce flocks that are ultimately slaughtered for meat consumption.

Data provider Agri Stats participated in the conspiracy, according to the lawsuits, by distributing information about chicken production that gave processors insights into rivals’ supplies. Agri Stats, which the complaints say is a subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Co, did not immediately respond to a request for comment…

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Don Lemon is ‘going after’ Trump supporters – watch out

#HAPPY WHITE HORSE

John McCain harasses President Trump for exposing the press, its associates, writers and broadcasters for disseminating false news. It doesn’t matter that President Trump colors his own words to his advantage.

News agencies put out false news daily. Later, when I find it to be deliberately false, I lose trust in and respect for those who created the lie and those who then ran with the lie. I’ll watch a news conference, then look at the news on the conference minutes later and find the headlines misleading to the point of purposeful manipulation. I go on to read the story and find the same thing. If I had not seen nor heard with my own eyes and ears, I would have accepted lies as the truth. That’s on me for being gullible. But should it be on me?

John McCain covers for those organizations that print false news, purposely slanting…

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Under pressure: Novel technology to model pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain

 

Under pressure: Novel technology to model pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain

December 2, 2017
Housed inside a commercial cell culture incubator (A) are separate Plexiglas pressure chambers (B). Pressure is generated via compressed breathing air with 5% CO2that is controlled by a dual stage regulator (C) connected to manifold (D) …more

Hundreds of thousands of patients from newborns to the elderly are forced to grapple with the devastation of brain injury each year, and unlike many diseases where certain demographics are protected, brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), which is a byproduct of the rigid skull in which the brain resides, is the primary cause of initial injury. High ICP in turn causes cellular injuries in the brain and additional neurological deficits beyond those associated with the initial insult. Although substantial research has been done on brain injuries, most of it focuses on patient outcomes after the primary insult and does not explore the secondary cellular injuries caused by persistent elevation of ICP or the mechanisms that underlie them. As a result, little is known about those mechanisms.

“The novelty of this model is that there are very few examples in the literature where people have been able to put cells under pressure to see the effects,” says Michael E. Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery in the MUSC College of Medicine and first author on the article.

“In patients with brain injury, the initial insult has already occurred and the clinician can only do so much to address that damage. Addressing the secondary ICP-induced effects could help minimize the neurological deficits sustained by the patient. We are interested in modeling ICP-induced secondary cellular injury to facilitate the development of such therapies.”…

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A World Without Coffee?

A tenacious fungus is threatening the global coffee supply. Can genetics save our morning cup?

A World Without Coffee?

I write about biology and nanotechnology. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

If you’re drinking a good cup of coffee as you read this, take a moment to savor it. Hug the cup, if you’re so inclined. After all, coffee may not always be so easy to come by.

Coffee rust is a significant problem in almost every coffee growing region in the world, and in recent years, countries in Central and South America have been hit particularly hard. One of these is Colombia, which cultivates around one million hectares of coffee plants to produce more than 65,000 tons of coffee each year. Consequently, Colombia is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world.

Colombia’s primary coffee crop is the highly valued Coffea arabica. Indeed, Arabica beans are the most popular and widely consumed type of coffee in the world. The combined global production of Arabica accounts for around 70% of the world’s coffee.

Unfortunately, it’s not just coffee drinkers who like it. A particular species of Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) also has an affinity for C. arabica, and with devastating effect.

Coffee producer Adrian Hernandez looks at a plant infested with the coffee-eating fungus roya, at his farm Altamira, in Barva Heredia, Heredia, 17 km north of San Jose, on August 25, 2015. Hernandez does not remember a year as dry as this one and says that only a rigorous management plan has allowed him to stay afloat. Coffee growers in Central America are having to adapt to global warming, including high temperatures and drought, as well as fighting the fungus known as roya, in order to keep in the business. The fungus, hemileia vastatrix, which began to spread in 2012 due to a lack of preventive measures and the effects of climate change, discolors and dries up coffee leaves, an effect that also gives roya the name of ‘leaf rust.’ AFP PHOTO / EZEQUIEL BECERRA (Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

 What are rust fungi?

They are notorious plant pathogens that disrupt the growth and reproduction of healthy plants. The airborne spores make infection hard to control. Once rust has entered a region, it’s incredibly hard to get rid of.

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