The European Parliament tried to censor vegan food products by approving Amendment 171.

Photo from Oatly’s Media Image Library. Notice that the label in the package reads ‘Oat Drink’.

Plant-based meat and dairy alternatives are becoming more and more popular in Europe over time. This is largely due to a growing concern over healthy eating habits and the increased awareness regarding animal welfare and the environmental impact of animal farming. Although plant-based foods' current sales represent a small share of the meat and dairy markets, they have grown by almost 10% per year between 2010 and 2020. Given the rising interest in alternatives to animal-derived products, it came as a surprise to plant-based food companies when the European Parliament tried to censor their dairy-alternative products.

The food market is…


Singapore makes history as the first country ever to approve sales of lab-grown meat.

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash.

In the past years, several problems have been raised with the animal farming industry. To begin with, we have become increasingly aware of its large environmental impact. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the livestock sector is responsible for an estimate of 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Almost half of which comes from the production and processing of animal feed. This is additionally associated with high fresh water demands, land usage and consequent deforestation.

On top of the environmental issues, industrial farming also represents a major public health threat due to widespread overuse of antibiotics…


How can “Near Threatened” be considered a success?

European Bison portrait by Oohajo on Pixabay.

Seventy years ago, the European bison was reintroduced into the wild after surviving solely in captivity for more than two decades. Today, they are no longer considered a vulnerable species.

The European bison (Bison bonasus), also known as Wisent, is the largest land mammal native to Europe and one of its last species of megafauna. It has up to two meters in height and between 300 to 1000 kg in weight. Herds of these wild herbivores used to roam freely throughout the whole continent long ago, but centuries of habitat destruction and hunting led the species to the brink of…


Twenty-four years since the beginning of the “Kick Polio Out of Africa” campaign.

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In 1996, African leaders committed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) when South Africa, led by then-President Nelson Mandela, launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Twenty-four years later, on August 25th of 2020, Africa has finally been declared wild polio free.

The GPEI is a consortium led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. …

Gil Pires

Biochemist | Research Fellow @IGCiencia

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