White Castle is now offering ‘bleeding’ vegan Impossible Burger sliders

April 17, 2018 by  
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Iconic fast-food chain White Castle is now offering a vegan version of its signature sliders, with the “beef” provided by Redwood City-based start-up Impossible Foods . It’s the first time that a major chain has offered the meatless burger alternative and marks a shift in what consumers are demanding these days. The Impossible slider re-creates the sensation of eating meat, complete with “blood,” in hopes to bridge the gap between the dry veggie burgers of yore and real meat. While the Impossible Burger is offered at 1,300 different restaurants in the United States, including Fat Burger, Umami Burger, and Momofuko Nishi, its featured debut at White Castle, the largest chain to partner with Impossible Foods, is a landmark for the companies involved. Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown hopes that the White Castle partnership will help the burgeoning vegan “meat” company better understand how to “popularize plant-based meat with mainstream burger lovers.” Founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas, White Castle is credited as the first fast-food chain as well as the inventor of the slider. It also has been owned and operated by the Ingram family for four generations. White Castle CEO Lisa Ingram cites the strong relationship that the company has with its customers as a primary reason to explore a vegan burger option.  “It really starts by listening to our customers as we try to do with all of our innovations,” Ingram told Marketplace . “We also have some customers that grew up on White Castle but have decided to be vegetarians… This was a natural evolution for us when we found out that Impossible Foods was creating a plant-based product that looked and tastes like beef both for the people that like meats and for the people that are choosing to have a vegetarian diet.” Related: NYC’s first vegan butcher shop set to open this spring Founded in 2011, Impossible Foods opened its first high-volume production facility in Oakland , California in the fall of 2017. Despite this facility’s taking up a full city-block, the demand for Impossible Foods “meat” has become so high that the company is looking double its production in the near future. The Impossible Burger slider at White Castle costs $1.99, in contrast to the $.77 per beef slider, and is available in select stores in New York, New Jersey and the Chicago area. If this trial run proves to be a success, consumers may soon be able to enjoy the Impossible slider at White Castles across the United States . Via Grub Street and Marketplace Images via Impossible Foods and White Castle

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This moss can naturally eliminate arsenic from water

April 17, 2018 by  
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Through the magic of moss , anything is possible. Scientists at the University of Stockholm have discovered that  Warnstofia fluitans , or floating hook moss, is capable of extracting arsenic from water. The miracle moss is quick, too – it can make water safe to drink in just an hour. Scientists hope to use the breakthrough to develop wetland areas that can filter out arsenic from mining waste to make water clean for people, agriculture and animals downstream. “Our experiments show that the moss has a very high capacity to remove arsenic,” said research assistant and study co-author Arifin Sandhi . “It takes no more than an hour to remove 80 per cent of the arsenic from a container of water. By then, the water has reached such a low level of arsenic that it is no longer harmful to people.” Native to northern Sweden, floating hook moss offers a green, locally-based solution to a problem plaguing its native habitat. “We hope that the plant-based wetland system that we are developing will solve the arsenic problem in Sweden’s northern mining areas,” said study leader Maria Greger , commenting on the environmental legacy of the Swedish mining industry. Although the use of arsenic compounds in wood products was banned in 2004, the deadly element still infiltrates drinking water through mining, which exposes the water table to natural arsenic found deep within Sweden’s bedrock layer. Related: Gooey cactus guts remove arsenic and bacteria from polluted water Arsenic also poses a threat to agriculture , in which crops absorb arsenic-tainted water through their roots. “How much arsenic we consume ultimately depends on how much of these foods we eat, as well as how and where they were grown,” explained Greger. “Our aim is that the plant-based wetland system we are developing will filter out the arsenic before the water becomes drinking water and irrigation water.” The researchers envision the moss being applied to specific areas through its deliberate cultivation in streams and other bodies of water that pose a high risk of arsenic. Lessons learned in Sweden may then serve other parts of the world that also suffer from arsenic-tainted water. Via Treehugger Images via  Arifin Sandhi and Maria Greger

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The US government is trying to take down egg-free mayo

September 4, 2015 by  
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A group appointed by the U.S. government tried to destroy a Silicon Valley start-up after concluding that the plant-based food company was “a crisis and major threat to the future” of the $5.5-bn-a-year egg industry in the U.S. A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the American Egg Board (AEB), a US department official, and egg industry executives working together to bring down Hampton Creek who make vegan mayo, plant-based egg replacer and other egg-free products. Read the rest of The US government is trying to take down egg-free mayo

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Gigantic straw dinosaurs take over Japanese fields

September 4, 2015 by  
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5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2015 by  
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Saint Patrick’s Day is this coming weekend, and people will be donning green and quaffing Guinness to celebrate this quintessential Irish holiday . Although a lot of traditional Irish recipes are quite meat-heavy, there are some great vegan and vegetarian ones as well, and some of the classics can also be veganized with a bit of creativity. Read on to discover 6 meat-free dishes you can create for a good bit o’ craic this holiday. Read the rest of 5 vegan Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boxty , colcannon , Green smoothie , green smoothies , Irish , Irish recipes , Irish vegan recipes , rhubarb , rhubarb crumble , Saint Padraig , Saint Patrick , saint patrick’s day , Saint Patrick’s Day recipes , shamrock , shamrock smoothie , soda bread , St. Padraig , St. Patrick , st. patrick’s day , vegan , vegan food , vegan Irish recipes , vegan recipes

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

September 11, 2014 by  
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Social events and celebrations happen year-round, and delicious food gifts are as much fun to give away as they are to make! Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to artichoke hearts, keep those jars so you can fill them with homemade epicurian delights and share them with your nearest and dearest. Here are 10 fabulous recipes for edible vegan gifts that will please any palate, plus suggestions on how to decorate those upcycled jars before giving them away! Read the rest of DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bean spread , carrot cake , carrot cake marmalade , cashew mushroom pate , cashew pate , cherry ketchup , chocolate spread , DIY , diy gifts , DIY preserves , epicurean , gifts in jars , glass jars , homemade nutella , hummus , jam , marmalade , mushroom pate , olive tapenade , onion jam , pate , pepper relish , plum ketchup , preserves , recipe , recipes , recycled glass jars , roasted garlic , roasted strawberry , roasted strawberry preserves , salsa , salsa verde , Tapenade , upcycled glass jars , Vegan edibles , vegan food , vegan gift , white bean spread

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DIY: Vegan Cashew Cheese with Cranberries and Walnuts

April 30, 2014 by  
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Although more and more people are being raised with a wholly vegan diet from day one , there are also many who choose to pursue a plant-based diet after having been omnivorous for several years. If you ask the average vegan if there are any foods they miss from “before”, there’s a pretty good chance that cheese will be somewhere on their list. Spread on toast or stirred into pastas to make them creamy and savory, cheese adds both umami and creaminess to countless dishes, but the good news is that that luscious, cheesy goodness doesn’t have to be dairy based! Vegan cheeses can be absolutely delicious too, so you can celebrate their deliciousness as well as the fact that they’re cruelty-free. Read the rest of DIY: Vegan Cashew Cheese with Cranberries and Walnuts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: appetizer , cashew cheese , Cheese , cheese log , cheese logs , chevre , cranberries , Cranberry , cranberry cheese log , cranberry walnut cheese , herbs , vegan , vegan cheese , vegan cheeses , vegan dairy , vegan food , walnuts

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

April 30, 2014 by  
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Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, major construction has completed on the world’s largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua Caliente, at peak capacity the plant can power 230,000 homes with 290 megawatts of power, similar the average coal-fired power plant . The power will be used by the San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and is just one more step in California’s drive to get a third of its power from renewable sources. Read the rest of The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Agua Caliente , Agua Caliente solar plant , Arizona solar plant , california renewable energy , california solar power , federally funded energy , federally funded renewable energy , federally funded solar power , first solar , green energy , Ivanpah solar , Ivanpah solar thermal energy , largest solar plant , midamerican solar , nrg energy , renewable energy , San Francisco solar power , Solar Power , world’s largest solar plant

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6 Nutrient-Packed, Vegan Superfood Smoothies to Boost Your Day

April 25, 2014 by  
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Winter has finally drawn to a close, so to celebrate the arrival of spring we’d like to share some of our favorite vegan superfood smoothie recipes. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “ superfoods ” are power-packed foods such as chia seeds and goji berries, which are rich in nutrients and health-promoting properties. Give your blender and your body some love this week by trying out some of these unique smoothie suggestions. Read the rest of 6 Nutrient-Packed, Vegan Superfood Smoothies to Boost Your Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antioxidant , blender , chia , food , goji , goji berries , green , healthy , kale , kale smoothie , raw , recipe , smoothie , smoothies , superfood , superfoods , superfood_smoothie , vegan , vegan food , vegan smoothie , yum

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

April 25, 2014 by  
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Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States and the first city in California to ban hydraulic fracturing — the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into shale rock to extract natural gas. The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to ban fracking. Anti-fracking activists accuse the natural gas industry of contaminating groundwater and drinking water, contributing to climate change through methane gas flaring and causing earthquakes among other concerns. Read the rest of Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beverly Hills , California , earthquakes , fracking , fracking ban , hydraulic fracturing , natural gas , Pollution , water issues

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