Plant University is a place for individuals and institutions (schools, hospitals, food service providers, etc.) to learn about the many benefits of a plant-based diet and how it can help animals, people, and the planet. Whether you’re just beginning your plant-based journey or you’re well on your way – we have helpful tips, strategies and information for everyone.
Choose your plant-based journey below to get started!
I am looking for plant-based resources for…
Myself or my loved ones
Are you an individual looking for plant-based resources that can help you along your journey? Click here to find recipes, educational videos, blogs, advocacy tools, a shopping guide for Vancouver, and a 21-day plant-based challenge.
My business or institution
Are you part of an institution that wants to incorporate more plant-based options into menus? Click here to find recipes, educational videos, blogs, marketing tools & tips, or sign up for our plant-based pledge to get personalized free support.
Why choose plant-based?
FOR THE PLANET
Meat consumption is a major contributor to climate change. The United Nations estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport combined. The industry has also been connected to nearly every other environmental ill our planet is facing, including air and water pollution, water scarcity, land and ocean degradation, and species and habitat loss.
FOR THE ANIMALS
Almost all of us say we’re opposed to animal cruelty. Yet over 800 million farmed animals are raised and killed for food every year in Canada due to our over-consumption of animal products. They are crammed and caged in cruel conditions that prevent even the most basic natural behaviours. Most will never feel the sun on their backs or grass under their feet and their transport and slaughter conditions are equally horrific.
FOR OUR HEALTH
A growing body of literature links meat consumption to an increased risk of health issues including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, all of which are leading causes of death among Canadians. Meanwhile, a healthy plant-based diet can reduce the risk of these and other illnesses, while also being high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants and low in saturated fat and cholesterol.