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New Discovery: Plants Can Power Smartphones

Chilean students discover energy produced during photosynthesis can charge cell phones.

A trio of Chilean engineering students has figured out how to harness the natural power of plants to charge their smartphones. During a brainstorming session in the college’s garden, student Evelyn Aravena wondered why plants don’t have a socket, stating that “there are so many living things which have the potential to produce energy.” The trio developed E KAIA, a biocircuit able to harness the energy that plants produce during photosynthesis without disrupting the plant’s growth cycles that can fully charge a smartphone in less than two hours. The students hope to launch the product commercially in late 2016, and given that animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than cars, there is yet another reason why raising plants, not animals, is part of a sustainable future.

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Chipotle Adds Quinoa to its NYC Test Kitchen Menu

In addition to sofritas, vegans might soon have another plant-based protein option at Chipotle—a blend of gold and red quinoa spiced with turmeric, citrus juice, and cilantro.
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Vegan Fashion Brand VAUTE Profiled on PBS

The brand's founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart spoke about her mission to create functional and fabulous vegan clothes to eliminate animal cruelty in the fashion industry.
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New Investor Coalition to Combat Meat Problem in China

Toronto-based Dao Foods International will promote plant-based and clean meat in China to curb the country's growing appetite for animal products.
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IKEA Debuts Plant-Based Hot Dogs

The furniture giant debuted the new animal-free option at a single store in Sweden with plans to expand the offering across Europe by August.
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Rooney Mara Launches Luxury Vegan Fashion Line

New fashion brand Hiraeth includes faux-leather pants, velvet garments, and combat boots—all made ethically in Los Angeles.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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