Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The future is meat-free ...

The rise in popularity of flexitartian, vegetarian and vegan diets is not just the latest fad to sweep social media, but actually linked to a growing consciousness of the state of our ecosystem.

With companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, and supermarkets like Waitrose and Sainsbury's paving the way with plant-based alternatives, is it any wonder that a new report has predicted that by 2040, around 60% of meat products consumed will be either cultured or plant-based alternatives? 

Conventional meat production not only raises concerns about the welfare of animals within the process, but can also have a detrimental effect on the environment. There have always been ethical questions surrounding meat production, but now recent scientific studies have shown the huge environmental impact these processes have, from destroying wild habitats to make way for farmland, to the pollution of rivers and oceans. 

The report in question, by AT Kearney1, denotes that by 2040, an estimated 35% of all meat products consumed will be cultured, whilst 25% will be plant-based alternatives. 

"For passionate meat-eaters, the predicted rise of cultured meat products means that they still get to enjoy the same diet they always have, but without the same environmental and animal cost attached," said Dr Carseten Gerhardt, a partner at AT Kearney.
Due to the vast majority of the population being used to a meat-orientated diet, it is likely that cultured meat will win out against vegan alternatives in the long run. However, the growing industry of these plant-based products will be fundamental in the transition phase.

With these sorts of diets proving to be good for animal welfare, our delicate ecosystem, and our  own health and wellbeing, this news is a positive step towards an all-round better way of living.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Corporate giant Amazon has taken a dog-friendly workplace to the next level in the US

                                                       Image ©Amazon, with thanks

Amazon loves dogs! Its tradition as a dog-friendly workplace is enjoyed by both staff and pups at its Seattle headquarters.

Not many workforces can boast a ‘Woof Pack’ Manager, but Amazon does indeed have such a job title amongst its thousands of employees. With 566,000 staff worldwide, and 40,000 in its Seattle headquarters, every day is bring-your-dog-to-work-day. It’s an established company tradition; part of the working culture at the company (in the US, but not reflected in its UK bases, sadly). One of Amazon’s early ‘office dogs’ Rufus is still honoured with photos, and a building is even named after the beloved Corgi.

The working environment is designed with canine colleagues in mind, and there’s even a ‘doggie deck’ on the 17th floor of one of the buildings where dogs can exercise and play. Outside, there’s an off-leash dog park with structures for dogs to play on.

Amazon US has recognised the positive benefits of integrating dogs into the workplace, and this includes providing the ideal environment for them too. The wider benefits include supporting local animal charities, for example Ohana Animal Rescue, which benefited from extensive renovation (as well as having some of their dogs rehomed to Amazon employees).

Read more about Amazon’s pet-friendly culture on its blog here:

Want to know more about how to successfully integrate dogs into your workplace?
Check out ‘Office Dogs – the Manual’ by Stephanie Rousseau.

And finally, here’s one of our very own office dogs, Indie, in a relaxed moment!