Although it’s still small, interest in plant-based diets is growing, says survey

More than half of all Americans would eat more plant-based foods if they had more information about the effect of their food choices on the environment, said a survey released on Thursday. (No paywall)

Online survey: 29 percent of consumers would eat lab-grown meat

Americans are twice as likely as Britons to say they would eat so-called cultured meat grown in a laboratory, according to an online survey of 1,000 consumers in both countries. Overall, 29 percent said they were willing to try the meat, with 60 percent of vegans saying they would try it, says Ingredient Communications.

Big Canada meat distributor buys Field Roast, a U.S. vegan meat producer

Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's largest distributor of packaged meats, says it will buy Field Roast Grain Meat Co. in an expansion of its role in the North American market for alternative proteins. Based in Seattle, Field Roast produces grain-based "meat" and vegan cheese products, such as plant-based roasts, sausages, burgers and sliced cheese. It also makes a frozen vegan mac-and-cheese.

Impossible? Veggie burger is being offered to the food service sector

The chief financial officer of Impossible Foods told Bloomberg that the company's veggie burger – "it looks like a burger and even bleeds like a burger," says the news agency – is being offered to food service companies. The food service sector, which includes school and corporate cafeterias, accounts for half of U.S. consumption of ground beef.

Impossible Burger opens new factory, fueling its vegan expansion

With the opening of a new factory, the plant-based company Impossible Burger says it plans to have its much-anticipated burgers on 1,000 menus by the end of 2017. “In mid-August, a factory in Oakland quietly began accepting shipments of wheat protein, potato protein, and heme, a “plant blood” produced via genetically modified yeast, says New Food Economy.

Sure, you can eat vegan, but is your farm ‘veganic’?

The owners of Lazy Millennial Farms, near Salinas, Calif., may be the only veganic – vegan and organic – farm in the San Francisco Bay area, growing fresh produce without animal products, reports Civil Eats. “That means no animal fertilizers, fish emulsions, blood or bone meal … that are relied …