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Plant-based Policy Centre

Promoting plant-based food policies as solutions to environmental, public health, and animal welfare issues in Canada and beyond.

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For Public Health

Plant-based eating is associated with less chronic disease, including heart disease, cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, dementia, and early death.

For the Planet

Animal farming is a leading contributor to climate change, land & freshwater usage, air & water pollution, and biodiversity loss.

For the Animals

Modern animal farming subjects sentient individuals to lives of stress and deprivation, and frightening premature deaths.

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Report from the Canadian National Research Council shows plant-based protein market booming

November 11, 2019

A new report by the National Research Council of Canada shows increasing demand for plant-based foods and huge growth in the economic value of the plant-based protein industry worldwide. As indicated by the report, 40% of Canadians are incorporating more plant-based foods into their diets, and this growing demand for plant-based protein is largely driven…

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More than 11,000 scientists declare we must eat mostly plant-based foods for the planet

November 5, 2019

More than 11,000 scientists have published a new declaration stating “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” Despite decades of acknowledgements that climate trends are alarming, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rapidly rise. The authors state that “we must change how we live.” The authors propose six inter-related changes that governments,…

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More plants and less meat means less heart disease

August 22, 2019

The Journal of the American Heart Association has published yet another study showing that plant-based diets are associated with a significant decrease in risk of cardiovascular disease and general mortality. Unlike previous studies which focused on narrower groups of people, this one was conducted with data from the general population, making its findings more applicable…

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UN climate change report says plant-based diets are a key to curbing greenhouse gases

August 14, 2019

A new report by the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says strategies to mitigate climate change will fall short if they do not include near-term plans to overhaul farming practices and reduce meat consumption on a large scale. The report’s Summary for Policymakers points out that food solutions to climate change, such as…

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Harvard Study Links Plant-based Diets to Lower Diabetes Risk

August 8, 2019

A new study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that replacing meat, dairy and eggs with healthy plant-based foods could significantly reduce our chances of developing type-2 diabetes. The meta-study reviewed evidence from nine published studies involving over 300,000 participants, and found that, in addition to reducing risk…

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Dairy Farmers of Canada Forced to Remove Ads Falsely Claiming Milk Contains Zero Growth Hormones

February 26, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Canada has removed ads falsely stating that there are no growth hormones in Canadian milk following complaints to Advertising Standards Canada—the advertising industry’s self-regulating body. The ads have been running across Canada. All dairy contains naturally occurring insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is intended to promote rapid growth in calves. Dairy…

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Canada’s New Food Guide Emphasizes Plant-based Proteins and Fats

January 22, 2019

After years of research analysis, stakeholder and public consultation, and message testing, Health Canada has published an updated version of Canada’s Food Guide. According to the new food guide, the foundation for healthy eating is: Vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein foods should be consumed regularly. Among protein foods, consume plant-based more often. Foods that…

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Canadian Government Invests $153 million in Plant-Based Proteins

January 18, 2019

The Government of Canada has announced it will invest $153 million, matched dollar-for-dollar by the private sector, to make Canada a world leader in the growing market for plant-based proteins. The funding goes towards creating the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, and will create more than 4,500 jobs and add more than $4.5 billion to Canada’s…

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Major New Report Finds Dramatic Decrease in Animal Foods Needed for Health and Climate

January 18, 2019

A groundbreaking new report, put together by 37 world-leading scientists over the span of three years, has found that “a radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed.” The EAT-Lancet Commission has proposed the “planetary health diet”: an eating pattern that includes “a diversity of plant-based foods, low amounts of animal source foods,…

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Plant Foods Council Applauds Canada Food Guide’s Modernized Guiding Principles

February 18, 2018

Health Canada is preparing to release a modernized version of Canada’s Food Guide in 2018 – the first update in more than a decade – and its preliminary Guiding Principles document signals a marked departure from previous Food Guides, which have been the target of criticism for what many describe as outdated advice based on…

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