About Plant University

Plant University is a website for anyone interested in learning more about plant-based foods and plant-based eating.

Are you completely new to plant-based?

Do you want to learn how to switch part or all of your diet?

Are you a seasoned plant-based eater who wants to take action?

Have general questions about plant-based eating?

Plant University has FREE resources for you to learn, no matter where you are on your plant-based journey. 

What is plant-based? 

Plant-based foods refer to foods that come from plants such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. These foods do not include animal-based foods like meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. 

A plant-based diet generally refers to a diet that’s entirely made of plant-based foods, without any animal products. However, even if you shift just a part of your diet, you can make a big impact. 

New to plant-based and not sure where to start? 

Take the 21-Day Plant-based Challenge to get started!

For you

Get cooking & baking inspiration

Recipe library

Watch & learn


Stay up to date on the latest news


Start new plant-based habits

21-day plant-based challenge

Find a plant-based business near you (Lower Mainland, B.C.)

Animal-free shopping & eating guide

See what others think about plant-based eating

Plant-based poll

Take action in your community

Advocacy toolkit

Get even more recipes & updates on Plant University resources

Weekly recipe emails

For your business or organization

Plant University also provides free resources to institutions such as schools, hospitals, and other food service providers. If you are part of an institution in any way (employee, student, customer, etc.), we have resources to help!  

Make your plant-based items fly off the shelves!

Marketing tools and tips

Find menu inspiration with scaleable recipes!

Recipe library

Keep up to date on the latest news


If you’re looking to make a commitment to shift your menu or food purchasing towards more plant-based offerings, or to discuss a shift with your school, workplace, or organization, the Plant University team can provide free personalized resources. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Plant University a university?  

Plant University not a university. It is a website with free resources open to anyone who would like to learn about eating more plant-based food and advocating for plant-forward policies.

What is the difference between vegan and plant-based? 

Plant-based refers to products and foods that are made from plants rather than animal products, as well as a diet that is made up of plant-based foods.

Vegan typically refers to an individual’s lifestyle as a whole that seeks to avoid contributing to animal harm, as far as is possible and practical. People who are vegan typically exclude foods, clothing, or other items that are made using animals, such as meat, dairy, eggs, honey, silk, leather, and products tested on animals.

Is there a resource missing you’d like to see? Do you have other feedback on the site? We want to hear from you! 

Plant University is a project of the Vancouver Humane Society. To learn more about the VHS’s work, visit the organization’s main website.