Food and Drink

Going veg? Here’s what to stock up on

      If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet, it’s important to stock up on some of the staples that are essential to a meat and dairy-free lifestyle. Below, we’ve compiled a list of key food ingredients and products that will help anyone going veg.  It’s by no means exhaustive and we encourage you to explore the many sources of information on plant-based

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Tell A&W to go cage-free!

  Sign our petition asking A&W Restaurants to stop using eggs from caged hens Update: More actions you can take    Canadians are familiar with A&W Restaurants’ TV commercials boasting about the company’s vegetarian feed for chickens, but does the company actually care about chickens?  When you realize that A&W uses eggs from hens kept in battery cages and in so-called “enriched cages”, it

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How I impressed fussy foodies with a gourmet vegan dinner

  .   VHS volunteer Miles Linklater loves to cook vegan meals but he had a challenge on his hands when some Gallic, gourmet guests came to dinner. Two of my good friends are world travellers and very snobbish about their food. Whenever I visit them for dinner, they ‘deign’ to provide me with some kind of boring bean dish or uninteresting pasta, but

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BC’s plant-protein industry takes off

  It was great to see the Vancouver Sun’s recent feature on local plant-based food companies Gardein and Daiya Foods, but they’re not alone in pioneering alternatives to animal-based products.  Here are some of the other Lower Mainland businesses leading the way: The Global Gardens Group, based in Richmond, has just launched a dairy milk alternative called Veggemo, which the company says is “the first

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Is fake meat the key to stopping the growth of factory farming?

Will food science provide an escape from our unsustainable and inhumane dependency on meat consumption and animal agriculture? Trying to stay positive about the future of farmed animals is not easy for the animal activists, ethical vegetarians and environmentalists who care about the animal cruelty and ecological damage caused by factory farms. While some might be cheered by the decline in meat consumption in

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New meat alternatives offer great promise

  .   But don’t look to ‘lab meat’ for a solution .   Guest post by David Steele There is a promising trend in food these days. Meat substitutes are on the rise. More and more plant-based meats that look and taste like their cognate animal products are coming to market. They have been in the news big time lately. The New York

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Meatless Monday Goes To School

School is back and we at VHS couldn’t be more excited (sorry, kids)! You’ll recall we launched our Meatless Monday program this past spring, which even as the school year was winding down, was well-received by students in the Lower Mainland. Three post-secondary schools (Langara, BCIT and Trinity Western) joined the growing movement and multiple secondary schools expressed interest in bringing the initiative to

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Buddha-Full Fresh Juice & Smoothies: Building a cruelty-free community on the North Shore

Buddha-Full Fresh Juice & Smoothies represents an ethical, 100% animal friendly, community-based environment. Geremie Voigt and Kyla Rawlyns opened the café in North Vancouver five years ago. Buddha-Full proudly serves organic fresh juices & smoothies, raw organic cuisine, organic gluten-free baked goods, a full local retail section, and locally roasted coffee from Moja. VHS supports the growth of cruelty-free businesses and we were interested

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A&W’s move to antibiotic-free chicken doesn’t address animal welfare issues

You’ve probably seen the commercials.  A nice man from A&W Restaurants takes to the streets to offer consumers the company’s new antibiotic-free chicken.  People seem to approve and who wouldn’t?  The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a huge problem that threatens the effectiveness of the antibiotics we depend on for human health. But A&W’s move to address the issue by sourcing only

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Canada – a plant protein superpower?

Not long ago, we had an article published in the Vancouver Sun about the importance of Canada’s pulse crops (lentils, chickpeas, dried peas and beans). It may seem odd for a humane society to be enthusiastic about a somewhat obscure agricultural product, but these humble legumes could save millions of animals from factory farm misery. How? – by helping to meet the growing global

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