European Politicians Go Vegan to Fight Climate Change | VegNews

Political leaders in Denmark take on a 22-day vegan challenge to set an example for citizens worldwide.

A group of Danish parliament members—from both the Alternative and Red-Green Alliance parties—recently pledged to go vegan for 22 days to raise awareness about how animal agriculture is devastating to the environment. “Going vegan for 22 days is not going the save the world in itself,” Red-Green Alliance’s environmental secretary Maria Gjerding said, “but it’s a great opportunity to put focus on Western consumption of animal products and the environmental and animal welfare problems it causes.” Stateside, a group of politicians in San Diego abstained from meat in April as part of the VegWeek campaign launched by animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing to encourage people to ditch animal products.

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Two-Story Vegan Pizzeria Coming to Portland | VegNews

This June, house-made cashew mozzarella topped pizzas, dairy-free ice cream, and locally roasted espresso will be on the menu at Virtuous Pie in Portland, OR.

Canadian vegan pizza shop Virtuous Pie will open its first US location in Portland, OR this June. The shop premiered in Vancouver in 2016 with the mission of serving locally sourced, sustainable foods with mass appeal. “Not only does Portland have a great food scene, but it has a great vegan scene as well,” Virtuous Pie’s Executive Chef Jim Vesal said. “We really want to show people that plant-based cooking has evolved and Portland is the perfect place with its forward-thinking, sustainable mindset and conscious dining habits.” The 1,900 square-foot, two-level space will feature reclaimed Douglas fir interiors, custom wallpaper, colorful furniture, and several seating areas—including a space for large groups. The menu will be comprised of pizzas topped with housemade plant-based cheeses such as cashew mozzarella, almond ricotta, and tofu-based feta, and dairy-free ice cream in flavors such as Coffee + Doughnuts, Hawaiian Vanilla, and Double Chocolate + Salted Caramel. The pizzeria will also serve local coffee provided by Heart Coffee Roasters. Once it touches down in Portland, Virtuous Pie plans to partner with community organizations and charities to provide food donations, cooking classes, and meal programs. As proof that Portland continues to be a hotbed of vegan activity, a Buzzfeed video released last about the city’s vegan mini-mall gained more than 3 million views in a period of 24 hours.

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Vegan Movies Win Big at Major Film Festival | VegNews

Three vegan short films take home awards from the third-largest film festival in North America.

Three vegan films walked away with awards from the 50th annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. The three short films—titled Alena & Gizmo, The Rescue, and This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary—were created by Australian filmmakers Chee Wei Tay from De Claffer Films and Alana Tompson from Black Ant Films. Though the word “vegan” wasn’t used, the three films documented various parts of the animal-rights movement. “The majority of the population still considers the vegan word ‘taboo’ and will mentally switch off or stop watching once there is any mention of the V word,” Tay—whose work has been featured on National Geographic—explained. “I’m trying to reach out to those audiences.” The event drew 4,700 entries from 70 countries and marked the first time Tompson—who previously worked for Animal Planet—submitted her work to a festival. “I got into film to make a difference in the world and Earthlings is the film that made me want to be a filmmaker” Tompson said. “I see film as one of the most powerful mediums for change, it can connect you to a global audience and allow people access to information that they might not encounter in day to day life.” The duo is currently working on future vegan-themed projects to further promote compassion through the medium of film.

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