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Welcome to the Earthsave HQ Blog - here we will keep you updated with all things Earthsave, direct from the folks at Earthsave Headquarters. Comments very welcome.
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  • Thu, April 10, 2014 8:11 AM | Anonymous
    This EARTH DAY 2014 why not consider the impact you can make with a plant-based diet?

    Our national campaign MEATLESS MONDAY is a great way to start, and a growing trend in recognizing the effects our diet can have on the environment. Tools and resources are available on our web site:

    At Earthsave Canada we feel that every step that Canadians make to reduce their intake of animal products is a positive one, and represents a reduction in GHG emissions. We strongly encourage people to take those steps, as the planet and its inhabitants are in pressing need of sustainable change. Reducing our consumption of animal products may very well be the greatest (and easiest) contribution to sustainability we can make as individuals, and is certainly the most highly recommended way of preventing chronic diseases. We are thrilled with how many schools and work places are adopting this program. 

    The all or nothing approach doesn't work for everyone. Some choose to try the Meatless Monday approach to help them make the move to a plant-based diet, or simply to reduce consumption. Others are trying the opposite and are only having meat once a week. What we do know is that balanced diets free from animal products are healthy, sustainable, and kind. 

    Flexitarian is a more comfortable label for some, while 'plant-based' may work for others. 

    ‘Plant-based’ is a flexible diet where the bulk of calories and nutrition come from plant sources. Plants such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, are the base of the diet. This way of eating is not as strict as going vegan (which is more of an ideology directed primarily at reducing animal suffering), and is more focused on whole foods and healthy options, not just foods free from animal products. This diet results in significant benefits to our health, the environment and the lives of animals. Most can agree that factory farming is far from appetizing, while organic animal products are no guarantee of animal welfare and are a luxury few can afford in any event. It is worth noting that approximately 70% of the earth's population cannot tolerate dairy, and many cultures and beliefs do not eat certain meats for ethical, religious or cultural reasons. Everyone can enjoy a plant-based meal and all are welcome at the table. It's the most equitable diet there is!

    With Earth Day around the corner please keep in mind that by moving towards a whole food plant-based diet we can have an incredible impact on the environment. According to the United Nations and the Environmental Protection Agency:

    • It requires an average of 6kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein.
    • It takes 100 times more water to produce 1kg of animal protein than it does 1kg of plant protein.

    • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% - 25% of global warming emissions worldwide.

    • Cattle ranches and feed production account for over 70% of deforestation in the Amazon.

    • The livestock sector is quite probably the largest source of water pollution worldwide.

    • A single dairy cow produces approximately 120 pounds of wet manure per day, which is equivalent to that of 20 to 40 humans. (7) (Environmental Protection Agency)

    • On average 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk. (9) (United Nations)

    Our newest publication, a brochure called THE POWER OF  A PLANT-BASED DIET: Sustainable, Healthy, Kind helps Canadians draw the connection between the simple act of eating and the power to create change in all of us. You can sponsor a print run help us get our educational tools into schools and work places. A sustainable future for all Canadians depends on it.

  • Mon, March 03, 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous
    Dine at Graze Restaurant on March 19th, and we will donate 20% of all dinner sales to Earthsave Canada

    All you have to do is make a reservation referencing Earthsave and enjoy a fabulous meal!

    To make your reservation please call: 604-620-8822
    or email

    Check out the menu here:

    Thank you so much for all of your support!
  • Mon, January 13, 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    VANCOUVER: Remember the Green Zebra Coupon Guide?

    Now LIFE: Vancouver is available online and saves you $1,000s on great food, outdoor fun and conscious shopping.
    You pay only $29 (plus shipping) and 50% of your purchase supports Earthsave Canada!  BUY now!

    $1.99 flat rate for shipping, no matter how many copies you buy!

    This coupon book will easily pay or itself and coupons inside are valid until DEC 31 2014! PLUS you give to EARTHSAVE CANADA with every purchase using our direct link.

    Just a sample of some of the deals:

    $20 off at DONALDS MARKETS
    FREE hummus at NUBA
    FREE appetizer at GRAZE
    FREE vegan Kung Po at WILD RICE
    50% off at THE REEF
    2 for 1 smoothies and more at GORILLA FOODS
    $5/$10 off REBELLIOUS TOMATO
    $8-$18 off at MEINHARDT
    2 for 1 workshops at FEED LIFE
    FREE chocolate truffles at THE PARKER
    20% off food bill at LIBRARY SQUARE, THREE BRITS,
    25% off at TERA V BURGER
    More deals at SWEET CHERIBUM, GREENS, GOLDEN AURA, plus deals on theatre, gardens and galleries…and so much more.

    BUY now! 50% of your $29 goes to Earthsave Canada when you use this link:

      $1.99 flat rate for shipping, no matter how many copies you buy!
    Makes a great GIFT!!

  • Wed, January 08, 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous
    Make sure the FREE listing for your veg-friendly business is updated in time for our 2014 printing. Have your hours changed? New location or web site? New twitter, Facebook, page to list? Special menu items or deals we should know about?

    Would love to see you folks looking good in our directory (remember it's FREE to be in!).  WE ARE UPDATING THE PRINT VERSION THIS MONTH SO DON’T DELAY! Help ensure this resource remains the most up to date directory of its kind.

    Updating is easy! Either send us your updated information, or log into the web site to change it yourself. Search to find your current listing. You can log in and make changes by entering your email address in the top right hand corner of the web site and click on 'forgot password'. Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any problems updating your listing.
    Help US Help YOU!
    Promote by sharing coupons and donor rewards with our members!

    Do you have coupons, special offers or products you would like to share with our membership? We are looking for suitable coupons to add to our new member welcome packages, as well as rewards for our kind donors. Please let us know if you have anything to share.  We are happy to design coupons for you if you need the help. Have other ideas on how we can work together? Reach out today!

    As a registered charity we rely on your donations to keep going. But we can also help promote your business by reaching a very targeted audience, encouraging them to visit your veg-friendly establishment in 2014. Let's work together to ensure that enjoying more plant-powered options are part of everyone's resolution this year.

    Earthsave Canada is a registered charity since 1990, promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health, the environment, and the lives of animals. We also believe communities are stronger when we set a table that people from all cultures and beliefs can enjoy.
  • Mon, July 01, 2013 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Monday June 10th, 2013 proclaimed as the CITY OF VANCOUVER's first official Meatless Monday

    As you may have heard, the City of Vancouver proclaimed Monday June 10th, 2013 as the city’s first official Meatless Monday. Vancouver is the first Canadian city to do so.

    A presentation to The Vancouver Food Policy Council by local author and Earthsave member Eleanor Boyle outlined scientific research showing the environmental problems of large-scale meat production and consumption. It was then discussed how the city could support the international movement for more sustainable diets, and decided to recommend that Vancouver adopt the educational initiative Meatless Monday.


    The city of Vancouver claims to be dedicated to developing food systems that are sustainable and that support community well-being; and is committed to its Greenest City Action Plan encouraging citizens to make choices that will add to environmental health. From a policy perspective, the Vancouver Food Strategy and Vancouver Food Charter have advocated for food systems that protect global resources and contribute to planetary health. Policy initiatives and educational programs such as Meatless Monday have educated global citizens to moderate their intake of animal-source foods.


    This is an easy but powerful step we can all take to create a positive impact on the environment, our health, and the lives of animals. It’s voluntary and only one day a week, so why not give it a try? Besides - there is so much great veggie food in this town to explore…


    Who will be your BFF on Meatless Monday?

    Earthsave Canada’s Metro Vancouver Veg Directory – that’s who! It has never been a better time to veg out in Vancouver – but everyone could use a little help finding just the right place to celebrate. Earthsave is here to help with our handy guide and free apps. The print version was updated this April (3 x per year), while the online version and apps are being updated on a regular basis. Currently covering all of Metro Vancouver and much of Vancouver Island, we are expanding to cover all of BC soon – with your help. Please send us your updates and additions

     The Metro Vancouver Veg Directory is the city's most up-to-date listing of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, services and more. Earthsave Canada distributes a printed version to hundreds of businesses, as well as offering a more in-depth searchable online version - PLUS! FREE apps for iPhone and Android phones. A handy resource for Meatless Mondays, visiting relatives and friends, date night, or for anyone looking to enjoy the many benefits of a plant-based meal. Member Discount Program (MDP) As a member of Earthsave Canada you receive a 10% discount at over 50 veg-friendly businesses in the Metro Vancouver area, and online. These businesses have chosen to take part in the Member Discount Program as a way to thank you for your business and support of Earthsave. (Must show member card, some restrictions apply.)



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    EARTHSAVE CANADA is a Vancouver-based registered charity since 1990. We advocate the move towards a more whole food, plant-based diet for better health, environmental sustainability, and compassion toward animals. We also believe communities are stronger when they set a table that people from all cultures and beliefs can enjoy.


    Earthsave Canada founded Meatless Monday Canada where you can find tools and resources to help you cut down on animal products and increase your positive impact on the planet.

    Contacts for interviews:   Trish Kelly, co-chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council:; 604.879.1386; 

    Carolyn Mill, Executive Director, Earthsave Canada:  604-731-5885

    Dave Steele, President, Earthsave Canada: 604-454-1919

    Eleanor Boyle, Author: High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat:; 604 – 230-2561; 

    More on the city’s proclamation here:


    Please share and include in your posts regarding this healthy, sustainable and compassionate initiative.

  • Wed, June 26, 2013 1:51 PM | Anonymous


    Sign-up for one week of exciting emails customized to your situation. Tips for shopping and meal preparation, Recipes and meal plans, Recommend books and videos, Where to get protein, iron, B12, etc, Nutrition myths (and a daily quiz).

    This all new stand alone web site is a great place to get yourself started or gather a group and challenge each other to make a difference with your diet.

    Brought to you by our friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA)

    Sign up today!

  • Tue, June 25, 2013 4:41 PM | Anonymous


    On May 9th we went to see a new documentary by film maker Liz Marshall called The Ghosts In Our Machine. This is a truly captivating film that allows us to 'look' long enough to see the individuals that haunt our current system.

    The Vancouver premiere at DOXA was a well attended celebration of an important tool in the fight to see animals as more than just property. The after party at India Gate included a delicious vegan buffet was served and the film makers were in attendance to give out raffle prizes and get to know their supporters.
    If you missed the premiere you can take the digital interactive journey on the web site here:

  • Thu, May 09, 2013 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    Our Spring 2013 newsletter is ready! And coming to your mailbox very soon (along with a copy of our freshly updated 2013 Veg Directory) ! You can also download a copy of the Spring newsletter here (pdf): 

    Feature: Why Say No To GMOs? by Dave Steele

    Recipe - Morning Energy Bars, Kale Waldorf Salad

    Article - Power Food for the Brain by Neal Barnard MD

    Primer  - Community Gardening
    News - Farmers Markets, Cookbooks and more
    Please log in to our new system to check your preferences, and be sure that your mailing address and other info is correct. Just click on 'forgot password' in the upper right hand corner of the home page and enter the email you have on file with us or email and we will help you.

    Earthsave is one of the groups partnering with Mercy for Animals Canada to put Why Love One? ads all over town. You can help.
    Support the Mercy For Animals Cross Canada Transit Ad Campaign

    Join Earthsave and so many other fine people who are excited to see this important new film at DOXA on May 9th and 10th. Pick up the new veg directory and stick around for lively discussion afterwards.

    a film by Liz Marshall. Featuring photographer Jo-Anne McArthur And “Give Up The Ghost” by RADIOHEAD
    (Rated PG / Y for Youth)

    Screening at DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver
    Thursday May 9th, 2013 at 6:00PM at the Vancity Theatre

    Friday May 10th, 2013 at 12:30PM at the Vancity Theatre – Youth Program


    “Instead of bombarding the audience with images of animal abuse, Marshall structures the film around McArthur’s journey, which adds a human centre and allows for necessary moments of reprieve from the horror. For instance, McArthur speaks openly about her PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which she counters by visiting an animal sanctuary. In these moments Marshall seeks to reveal “the beauty and the hope and the change” in a topic that is not often thought of in these terms. As such, Marshall hopes viewers will “walk away in a reflective state of mind, as opposed to arriving at a conclusion immediately.” Kiva Reardon, film critic

    Check out their interactive experience here:

  • Thu, February 21, 2013 3:56 PM | Anonymous
    Our Winter newsletter is ready!

    Feature: Climate Change Blind Spot

    Recipe - Coconut Bacon (!), Lemon Lentils, Smokey Bean Dip, and Movie Night Popcorn Blends!

    Article - Food Equity

    Transitions - Bif Naked

    News - Vegan Prom, 2012 restaurant round up.

    Coming to your mailbox soon! You can also download a copy of the Winter newsletter here (pdf): 

    If you want to cut down on paper please log in to our new system to check your preferences, and be sure that your mailing address is correct. Just click on 'forgot password' in the upper right hand corner of the home page and enter the email you have on file with us or email and we will help you.

    COMING SOON: Spring 2013 newsletter will include Grow Your Own, Food fight: Dairy-free VS Gluten-free, The Plant-based Family, and Dr. Neal Barnard returns in April!
  • Fri, December 21, 2012 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Gluten-free baking tips for the plant-based people

    If GF is your new BFF, our new VP has got some baking tips for you.

    Considering cutting gluten from your diet but nervous that such a decision would mean the end of delicious baked goodness for you and your loved ones? Right when you mastered plant-based baking (goodbye butter, hello vegan margarine!) now you’re expected to deliver flaky, spongy, crispy awesomeness that’s both animal-friendly and easy on the cilia?

    I’ll admit that cracked buckwheat pancakes, chalky cookies and soupy cakes are ghosts of my gluten free/plant based baking past I’d rather forget. There’s also the time I tried to invent gluten free gnocchi. Part one saw me painstakingly form and score dozens of little dumplings. Part two involved watching them dissolve in a pot of boiling water like it was the end of the world. In a way it kind of was.

    I don’t quit when it comes to bread and such, though. Now, after lots of trial and error, I forget to tell people that the scones, cakes, pizza crusts and pies my family loves to share contain no gluten. Happy endings rule.

    • Motivated to break out the muffin tin again? Here are some tips I live by:
    • Keep it simple. I don’t know about you, but blending ten kinds of flours I don’t even like the smell of is not an inviting way to spend a spontaneous Sunday afternoon a-baking. Bob’s Red Mill makes an awesome Gluten Free All Purpose Flour that now even many enlightened corner stores are carrying. Whole Foods generally has solid deals on this product. This can be used cup for cup to replace gluten-containing flours in virtually any recipe, though...

    • Do be prepared to use extra flour if your batter texture looks thinner than needed (ie. the recipe says to roll the batter into balls, but you can’t quite form anything with it – add a little flour shake by shake and you’ll get there). Extra sweetener to balance things out is worth considering if you do this. Just taste your batter or dough as you go to gauge sweetness, but…

    • Don’t freak out if the raw batter or dough tastes slightly odd. Gluten free flour has a stronger taste than wheat flour, and often you need rising action and flavor melding opportunities in the oven to get a real sense of what you've got.

    • Mix longer than with gluten containing baked goods. We say not to mix too much with wheat-based baking because that would over-activate the gluten and make some tough little muffins. In gluten free land you want to activate what gummy potential there is in the batter, as this will help hold everything together later. For recipes where we want to avoid over-blending the fat molecules (such as with scones or pie crust), just mix until combined as suggested in the recipe and count on...

    • The arrowroot powder or tapioca starch (available at all grocery stores) that you’ll add one tablespoon of per cup of flour of for every recipe you convert to gluten free for the rest of your life. Don’t ask me about Xanthan Gum. Never met the guy. I just can’t spend that much on something that doesn't taste like chocolate or pizza.

    • The right cookware makes a big difference. Cast iron (I love LODGE brand) and high quality non-stick pans and tins (silicone muffin tins are pretty awesome) will definitely give you a leg-up when dealing with slightly more delicate baked goods. Gluten free baked goods solid up like champs once they cool, but if your recipe calls for de-panning stuff before totally cooled, a non-clingy pan is your best friend. So are parchment paper or thorough greasing of all baking surfaces.

    • Be flexible. In the event things don’t go as planned, be ready to produce “crepes” instead of flapjacks, “crispy” instead of chewy cookies. Baking will feel a little more like cooking in those moments where you realize you need to tweak things to achieve the desired result. Eventually you’ll be confident about pulling your recipe into the station in one piece come what may. It does take some time and a few mistakes. What good thing doesn't, though?  

    Have a recipe you’d like to make plant-based and gluten free but don’t know where to start? Just send it to me at I’ll take a crack at it and get back to you.


        click image below for link to gluten free grains, flours and starches.


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