VR what we eat, pet diversity begets vegans and doctors prescribing plant-based diets

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In this episode, we update you with some Quick Science, including: a new method for validating whether food products are vegan, the impact that having a diverse number of companion animals as a child has on going vegan as an adult, physicians prescribing plant-based diets and the environmental impacts if Sweden when vegan.

And we speak with two researchers from Orlando, FL, USA, about what we can do to improve Virtual Reality experiences to increase empathy for animals.

You can find links to all of the research we discussed below.

Let us know if we missed anything, got something wrong or want clarification on any of the points discussed in the comments section below.

Intro (0:00 - 0:00)

Notes from the intro.

Quick Science

Paper 1  (0:00 -0:00)

Title: Authentication of leguminous-based products by targeted biomarkers using high resolution time of flight mass spectrometry
AuthorsGerd Huscheka, Josephine Bönicka, Dietrich Merkelb, Doreen Huschekc, Harshadrai Rawelc
JournalLWT – Food Science and Technology

Paper 2  (0:00 -0:00)

Title: Ethical concerns regarding animal use mediate the relationship between variety of pets owned in childhood and vegetarianism in adulthood
AuthorsSydney Heiss, Julia M. Hormes

Paper 3  (0:00 -0:00)


Recommending plant-based diets; &,
Time for change: Benefits of a plant-based diet


Scott D. Smith; &,
John D. Grant

JournalCanadian Family Physician


http://www.cfp.ca/content/63/12/916.1/tab-article-info; &, 


Paper 4  (0:00 -0:00)

Title: Evaluating the Environmental Consequences of Swedish Food Consumption and Dietary Choices
Authors Michael Martin and Miguel Brandão

Interview with Researchers

Paper 1  (0:00 -0:00)

Title: VR What We Eat: Guidelines for Designing and Assessing Virtual Environments as a Persuasive Technology to Promote Sustainability and Health
AuthorsJihye SongStephen M. Fiore
Journal: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting