vegetarianism

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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Debate over meat heats up

    . .   Everyone’s arguing about meat. The recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning the cancer risk caused by consumption of red and processed meats has, predictably, provoked a heated debate in social and conventional media. While this is a human health issue, ethical vegetarians and animal activists naturally welcome evidence that may contribute to lower consumption of animal

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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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Go cruelty-free this Thanksgiving

Pity the poor turkey. An inconceivable 20 million will be slaughtered in Canada in 2015, many of those destined to grace family Thanksgiving dinner tables. Pity the turkey, the dairy cow, the chicken, the pig; in fact, pity all animals that are raised on factory farms to provide us with cheap meat and dairy products. They face horrific conditions on-farm.  Turkeys and chickens genetically

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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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Almost 12 Million Canadians Now Vegetarian Or Trying To Eat Less Meat!

  Action update: Check out our new Go Veg campaign   A new poll commissioned by the Vancouver Humane Society shows that 33 percent of Canadians, or almost 12 million, are either already vegetarian or are eating less meat. That figure includes eight percent who identify as vegetarian or mostly vegetarian, as well as 25 percent who state that they are trying to eat

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Overwaitea first in North America to introduce store-wide Cage Eggs signage

  BC’s Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) has just become the first grocery chain in North America to feature ‘Cage Eggs’ signage on all of its stores’ shelves. OFG operates 140 stores in B.C. and Alberta under the banners Overwaitea Foods, Save-On-Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale. The labels will also clearly indicate which eggs are free-run, free-range and certified

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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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