About Plant-Based Plates
A powerful way to protect the planet, public health and animal welfare! It’s never been easier to try a plant-based diet. And it’s never been more important.
What we put on our plate matters. Food production accounts for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Of those emissions, more than half come from animal products. By opting for more plant-based foods, we can help reduce our environmental footprint, protect animal welfare (both domestic and wildlife), and enjoy a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Protect the Planet →
Animal agriculture is an incredibly resource-intensive industry – in fact, the sector is a leading contributor to climate change and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport combined. Nearly one-third of global water consumption is related to the production of animal products.
Plant-based foods typically have a much smaller environmental footprint and a growing body of research shows that reducing our overconsumption of animal-based foods is a powerful way to tackle climate change. Research suggests that shifting Western diets toward plant-based eating patterns has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 percent and land use by 80 percent.
Save Animals →
Canadians eat more than double the global average of meat and this over-consumption of animal products has resulted in the rise of intensive animal farming, commonly referred to as “factory farming”. Meanwhile, the loss of wild areas for livestock grazing and growing crops to feed farmed animals is a leading cause of wildlife extinction.
A growing number of Canadians are incorporating more plant-based meals into their diet in order to help spare animals from factory farms and protect wildlife and wild areas.
Be Healthy →
Canada’s new Food Guide recommends shifting consumption to more plant-based foods, including encouraging Canadians to choose plant-based proteins more often. The guide points out that plant-based foods offer health benefits, including a lowered risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It also acknowledges that many of the well-studied healthy eating patterns from areas of the world where people statistically live the longest include mostly plant-based foods.
Our Plant-Based History
Since 2015 Vancouver Humane has supported schools, businesses, hospitals, municipalities and food service providers in incorporating more plant-based foods into their menus through initiatives like Meatless Monday and Plant-Based Plates. We would love to support your organization in joining the growing plant-based movement!
Our programs have helped institutions rethink the role of plants on the plate and improve access to climate-friendly, healthy and humane options on menus. Through menu planning and culinary support, we’ve assisted institutions in incorporating new and trendy plant-based dishes that help them meet client demand and reflect their commitment to protecting the planet, public health and animal welfare. We also provide educational support for participating institutions, including presentations, marketing materials, outreach and sampling events.