In an effort to raise awareness of the links between diet, the environment, health and animal welfare, the cities of Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster and Port Moody have each passed proclamations declaring Monday May 15th, 2017 to be MeatlessMonday.
The globally popular movement, aimed at increasing awareness about the impact of our food choices and improving access to humane, healthy and sustainable food options, has been gaining popularity in Metro Vancouver.
Reducing our over-consumption of animal products and increasing our consumption of plantbased foods helps reduce the demand for cheap meat that drives factory farming, reduces our contribution to climate change and other major environmental ills and helps protect against preventable health conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Participating in Meatless Monday is simple and the benefits are many! Individuals, families, schools, workplaces, restaurants can all take part, simply by eating and promoting plantbased on May 15th.
What can you do?
Take the Vancouver Humane Society’s MeatlessMonday Pledge today and receive a weekly recipe. They will also send you a link to additional recipes – so organize a dinner or potluck with family, friends and coworkers and enjoy a delicious meal together on May 15th!
To celebrate MeatlessMonday and bring together young adults interested in exploring plantbased eating, the people behind the Meatless Meetup are hosting a Millennials’ dinner on May 15th at Veggie Bunch in Richmond. Geared towards people in their 20s and early 30s, the event promises to be a fun evening of lively discussion over a very reasonably priced Chinese vegan buffet. Bring a friend or come on your own.
Meatless Meetup is a group for foodies with an environmental conscience and a concern for animal welfare. Open to members of all ages and dietary backgrounds, from those living a vegan lifestyle to omnivore, the group hosts plantbased food events and nutritional information sessions at locations throughout the Vancouver area.
Students & Schools – Who is participating?
Participating as a school is as simple as featuring one or more plant-based items (in addition to the regular items) on the cafeteria menu on Monday. Multiple Metro Vancouver secondary and post-secondary schools are already offering MeatlessMonday – check out the student toolkit for more info and get in touch with them for help.
Restaurants – How to get in on #MeatlessMonday
Meatless Monday is a great way to connect with a growing customer base – approximately 46% of British Columbians are looking for veg dishes. Help meet this growing demand by adding a plant-based special to the menu or offer a feature menu with a few items. Check out our Restaurant Toolkit for more tips!
List of MeatlessMonday Participants:
- Langara College
- Capilano University
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Simon Fraser University
- University of British Columbia
- Eric Hamber Secondary
- Winston Churchill Secondary
- David Thompson Secondary
- Killarney Secondary
- Sutherland Secondary
- Cabrito Tapas Restaurant on Commercial Drive
Did you know for every single person who adopts a diet free of meat, including fish and shellfish for just one day per week, more than 58 animals will be spared?