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New Flag Launches to Unite Vegans Across the Globe

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Israeli designer Gad V. Hakimi launched the international vegan flag to solidify the global movement toward compassion.

The first-ever international vegan flag was unveiled last week. Jerusalem-born designer Gad V. Hakimi (with input from an international design team and the Vegan Flag Facebook group) created the green-and-blue flag with a white “v”—colors chosen to symbolize land, sky and sea, and light, respectively—in the center. Inspired by the rainbow flag that is now ubiqitous of the global LGBTQ movement, Hakimi created the vegan flag with the belief that “every great movement in history has a flag.” Hakimi followed the five rules for creating a flag—namely, only using three colors, not replicating existing flag designs, omitting text and seals, using meaningful symbolism, and keeping the flag so simple that a child can draw it from memory. In addition to free digital downloads, other items such as physical decals, t-shirts, caps, and actual flags printed with the design are currently available online in various stores, including eBay.com. Upon finishing the flag design, Hakimi ordered a custom credit card printed with his international vegan flag flying high on the front—a feature offered by Wells Fargo and Capital One in the United States. “I have a feeling that the flag is really going to catch,” Hakimi told Israeli media outlet Tivonews.

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Canada’s New Dietary Guidelines Push for Plant Foods

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The country’s nutritional recommendations ask citizens to consume less meat and dairy and more plant-derived protein.

The Canadian government issued a new set of proposed dietary guidelines last week for the country’s citizens. The drafted guidelines now suggest a “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein,” while urging citizens to consume less meat and saturated fat derived from animal products. While meat and dairy are not absent from the guidelines, plant sources of nutrition are recommended more prevalently than they country’s guidelines in past years. The draft guidelines also go beyond health recommendations, touting plant-based foods as more eco-friendly. “Diets higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods are associated with a lesser environmental impact,” the guidelines state. In contrast, the most recent dietary guidelines issued in the United States in 2015 do not acknowledge the benefits of consuming a plant-based diet despite a growing number of scientific studies that point to a diet devoid of animal products as optimal for promoting health. In addition, the 2015 guidelines removed the upper limit recommendation for cholesterol intake, a modification that medical organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine believe was influenced by the egg industry.

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