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Posted: 12 November 2021 | | No comments yet

Catch up with this week’s food and drink headlines, including Thanksgiving turkey welfare concerns and a secret weapons to cut methane emissions.

Consumption of plant-based alternatives in the UK could have doubled in the past decade. That’s according to a study coordinated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which it has called the first of its kind in the UK. The study found that younger generations and women were more likely to report consumption of plant-based alternatives.

How well was your Thanksgiving turkey treated? That’s the question the Animal Welfare Institute will be asking Americans in two weeks’ time, when millions tuck into their traditional Thanksgiving menus. The AWI has raised concerns over the welfare of turkeys during the slaughter process, and has called the US Department of Agriculture’s response to the alleged welfare abuses as “inadequate.”

And finally, researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have identified an unlikely weapon in the fight against methane emissions. Scientists at the university’s Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) will feed seaweed to farm animals in a bid to cut methane emissions by 30 percent.

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