New Report: 70% of the Population is Cutting Meat

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According to a report by GlobalData, who work with 4,000 of the world’s largest companies, 70% of the global population are actively shifting their food choices away from meat and towards more vegan options.

A recent article by Forbes revealed: “A full 70% of the world population reportedly is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether.”

Millennials are said to be behind these evolving consumer habits. Fiona Dyer, a Consumer Analyst at GlobalData explained: “The shift toward plant-based foods is being driven by millennials, who are most likely to consider the food source, animal welfare issues, and environmental impacts when making their purchasing decisions.”

However, Forbes notes that the movement “appears to be bigger than any one generation.”

“Celebrities, athletes, and even entire companies including Google and countries such as China are backing the movement to eat more plants,” Forbes comments.

It has been said that well-known names speaking out about the movement is driving veganism even further. Vegan celebrities Mya and Alicia Silverstone both encouraged fans to ditch meat for VegWeek, while Zac Efron, who recently became vegan, commented that following a plant-based diet is “brilliant.”

The growing popularity of the lifestyle has led veganism to no longer be considered ‘niche,’ but as ‘mainstream‘. Further, it appears the vegan movement is here to stay. Forbes highlighted data from one forecast report that said eating plant-based will “be the food trend of 2018.”

In fact, veganism in America has grown 600% in just three years, while the number of people identifying as vegan in the U.K. has surged by 700% in the last two years alone. Amid a noticeable change last year, meat company Cargill said: “Consumers are making choices to protect the planet and ensure the humane treatment of animals. They want to know the story of where their protein comes from and want to feel good about what they eat. That includes nutrition, animal welfare, food safety and overall environmental footprint.”

Forbes added that customers are opting for plant-based choices “at a blistering pace,” and pointed out that even the President of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, Chuck Jolley, named plant-based meats the fifth greatest risk to agriculture in 2018. Forbes said the meat industry will need to “pivot and diversify” to keep up with the changing market.

Source: Live Kindly

Chinese-style Stir-fried Vegetarian Duck

Ingredients

2 lb all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil
1 green pepper, diced
1/3 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil

Method

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt and gradually add 2-1/2 cups warm water to make a dough. Knead until smooth, then cover with a damp cloth and allow to rest in a warm place for 55-60 minutes.
  2. Rinse the dough under cold water and wash off all the starch by pulling, stretching and squeezing the dough with your hands. You should have about 10 oz gluten after 10-15 minutes of washing and squeezing. Extract as much water you can by squeezing the dough hard, then cut the dough into bite-size pieces. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Toss the gluten in 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Heat a wok over high heat, add the oil and heat until very hot. Quickly stir-fry the gluten until it is browned all over, then remove from the wok.
  4. Stir-fry the pepper until it starts to brown around the edges, then remove. Pour off any excess oil.
  5. Add the stock, soy sauce, rice wine and sugar the wok and bring to a boil. Return the gluten and pepper and simmer for 1 minute.
  6. Combine the remaining cornstarch with enough water to make a paste, add to the sauce and simmer until thickened. Sprinkle with the sesame oil and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: The Food of China

What’s for Lunch?

Vegetarian Lunch at Lotus Cafe in Tokyo, Japan

The Menu

  • Tofu and Nut Burger
  • Simmered Burdock with Coconut Milk
  • Assorted Vegetables with Sesame Oil
  • Sprouted Soybeans and Yams with Agar
  • Nanban-style Pickled Deep-fried Soybean
  • Stir-fried Cabbage with Sweet and Sour Miso
  • Stir-fried Bamboo Shoot with Olive Oil
  • Quinoa, Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds Salad
  • Seaweed Salad with New Onion, Hijiki, Paprika, Ginger and Garlic
  • Mushroom and Onion Soup
  • Sprouted-grain Brown Rice

Chinese Man Tired of Wife’s Complaining Invents Smart Robot Cooker

Tired of cooking every day? A smart robot cooker has caught people’s attention at the 6th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair (CSITF).

He Qing, CEO of a Shanghai-based catering service company, has spent eight years creating a smart robot cooker after becoming tired of his wife’s complaining about his inability to cook.

Having undergone countless obstacles, he never gave up in his attempts to research and develop the cooker, claiming he always knew he’d liberate himself from the kitchen one day.

After his successful creation, his wife hasn’t complained about his cooking once and is said to be very satisfied with his invention.

“The smart robot cooker not only liberates me from the kitchen, but also liberates women from the kitchen,” He told Pear Video.

“The dish is so delicious; the robot cooker has better cooking skills than me,” said one person.

According to staff, it only takes the robot cooker three to four minutes to cook a dish and the cooker also has an automatic cleaning system.

The staff added that the robot cooker was only currently available for rent, and that a 10,000 yuan (1,588 US dollars) deposit is required plus 1 yuan (0.16 US dollars) for every dish cooked.

The smart robot cooker has attracted wide debate over Chinese social media.

“The man’s story tells us that laziness is a primary productive force,” Weibo user @chengyuyan commented.

“The most difficult part of cooking is not stir-frying dishes, but preparing raw materials. It seems that the cooker hasn’t solved the problem of cleaning and cutting the cooking materials,” said another Weibo user @mushimuzhao.

The 6th CSITF kicked off at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center last Thursday. The event aims to increase the import and export of cutting-edge technology in the machinery and AI sector.

Source: CGTN

Healthy Older People Who Exercise Regularly Have Less Problem Finding Words to Express Themselves

Researchers found that older adults’ aerobic fitness levels are directly related to the incidence of age-related language failures such as ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ states.

The research, published today in Scientific Reports, is the first of its kind to investigate the relationship between aerobic fitness levels and temporary cognitive lapses, such as not having a word come to mind when speaking – known as a ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ state.

People in a tip-of-the-tongue state have a strong conviction that they know a word, but are unable to produce it, and this phenomena occurs more frequently as we grow older.

The University of Birmingham study – carried out in collaboration with the University of Agder in Norway, the University of Leuven in Belgium and King’s College London – measured the occurrence of tip-of-the-tongue states in a psycholinguistic experiment.

The study saw a group of 28 healthy adults (20 women with the average age of 70 and 8 men with the average age of 67), being compared in a ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ language test to 27 young people (19 women with the average age of 23 and 8 men with the average age of 22).

The test involved a ‘definition filling task’, done on a computer. They were asked to name famous people in the UK, such as authors, politicians and actors, based on 20 questions about them. They were also given the definitions of 20 ‘low frequency’ and 20 ‘easy’ words and asked whether they knew the word relating to the definition.

The participants’ underwent a static bike cycling test – a gold standard test which quantified their ability to use oxygen during exercise and their resulting individual aerobic fitness levels.

Lead author Dr Katrien Segaert, of the University of Birmingham’s School of Psychology, said: “Older adults free from medical diseases still experience age-related cognitive decline.

“Significantly, what we found was that the degree of decline is related to one’s aerobic fitness.

“In our study, the higher the older adults’ aerobic fitness level, the lower the probability of experiencing a tip-of-the-tongue state.

“Importantly, our results also showed that the relationship between the frequency of tip-of-the-tongue occurrences and aerobic fitness levels exists over and above the influence of a person’s age and vocabulary size.”

Dr Segaert said that tip-of-the-tongue states are uniquely a problem with language functioning.

“Older adults sometimes worry that tip-of-the-tongue states indicate serious memory problems but this is a misconception: tip-of-the-tongue states are not associated with memory loss,” she added. “In fact, older adults usually have a much larger vocabulary than young adults. Instead, tip-of-the-tongue states occur when the meaning of a word is available in our memory, but the sound form of the word can temporarily not be accessed.”

“Accessing the sound forms of words is essential for successful and fluent language production, and its disruption has very noticeable negative consequences for older adults.”

She said she hoped the study would add gravitas to the public health message that regular exercise is important to ensure healthy ageing.

She added: “There are a lot of findings already on the benefits of aerobic fitness and regular exercise, and our research demonstrates another side of the benefits, namely a relationship between fitness and language skills. We were able to show, for the first time, that the benefits of aerobic fitness extend to the domain of language.”

“Maintaining good language skills is extremely important for older adults. Older adults frequently have word finding difficulties and they experience these as particularly irritating and embarrassing.”

“Speaking is a skill we all rely on every day. Communication with others helps us maintain social relationships and independence into old age.”

In future research, the University of Birmingham plans to undertake exercise intervention studies to determine whether regular exercise can successfully increase language abilities.

Source: University of Birmingham


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