About Us

Plant Based News brings you the latest news about animal rights, ethical consumerism, plant-based food trends and more!


Plant Based News was founded by Klaus Mitchell in 2015, mainly as a youtube page. He saw that although there were many resources online - that contained invaluable information about either the health, environmental or ethical benefits of veganism, there was no single news resource that brought all of this information together. In early 2016, Klaus formed a partnership Robbie Lockie, a London-based campaigner and digital communications specialist to create the website, and develop the social media content.

The Plant Based News Team

Klaus Mitchell – Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Klaus grew up in London and graduated from the University of Exeter (BSc Human Biosciences – first class honours) in 2013, scoring highest in the year. He then studied at University College London (MSc Genetics of Human Disease - distinction), receiving Medical Research Council funding for ‘academic excellence’. Klaus is experienced in several research roles, including at Kings College London (Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology) and Portsmouth University (Institute of Marine Sciences). He has had a number of writing roles, including authoring an article published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition (PubMed ID: 25683748), which explored the effect of diet on various health markers. His background as a scientist underpins his thorough approach that has helped make Plant Based News what it is today.

Klaus’ journalism in the last couple of years is best known for the annual films and presentations that he produces and presents, respectively, which showcase the progress in the vegan movement.   

Robbie Lockie – Co-Editor, Creative & Technology Director

Robbie was born in Zimbabwe, where he started his career in digital design in 1999. He then came to London in 2000 to further his career and is now the digital creative director of La Verita Studios London, a London based ethical communications agency.

Robbie has worked with Ethics and Antics to produce a vegan cookbook, as well as managing the website infrastructure for Veganuary and also co-producing a short documentary, SWINE for UK Animal charity Viva. He has been involved in a number of online campaigns, including his successful January 2016 campaign against Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s London Underground adverts, he has also campaigned for LOVE146, an anti child slavery charity as well as Move your Money, a charity helping to raise awareness about ethical banking.

Robbie has joined the Plant Based News family in early 2016, he co-manages the social media channels. Robbie built the website and hopes to grow plantbasednews.org into credible news source, beyond only social media.

Martica Heaner, PhD – Adviser

Martica was born in Houston, Texas, and is a health writer and nutrition expert based in New York.

She is a research associate at Columbia University Medical Centre and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at Hunter College. Newspaper publications include: the New York Times (Science Times & Thursday Styles), the New York Post, The Sunday Times and The Times in London, Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Express. Magazine publications include: Glamour, More, Prevention, Family Circle, Shape, Health, Self, Marie Clare, Fitness, Redbook, Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Cooking Light, All You, Parenting, New York, IDEA Fitness Journal, Golf for Women, Modern Brides, Woman's Day, Men's Health, Zest, GQ, New Woman, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Health & Fitness and others.

She has appeared on numerous TV news programs including NBCs Today Show, CBSs Early Show, CNN, Fox & Friends, WPIX, NBCs Weekend Today, and others. Martica has also authored 8 books.