Earthsave Canada is a non-profit, educational organization promoting awareness of the environmental, ethical and health consequences of our food choices. We advocate the move towards a more whole foods, plant-based diet for environmental sustainability, better health, and compassion toward all animals.
We all want to make a difference. It can be overwhelming to consider all the options available to us, and the many streams of information coming at us every day. Here at ESC we feel that moving towards a plant-based diet is the single most effective thing that you, as an individual, can do to make the world a healthier, greener, and kinder place. We want to support people, young and old, in their efforts to make the transition to a better way of life.
When coming together as a community, food can bring us together, or make us feel isolated when our beliefs interfere with our ability to take part in a group meal. Food is fast becoming an equity issue that can no longer be ignored. Yet another incredible benefit of a plant-based diet is that EVERYONE can partake. All cultures and beliefs are welcome at our table.
In 2014 we a ESC are making changes and growing even more. We hope you will want to be part of it and help us make a difference. We invite you to browse through our site to learn more about what we do, and consider becoming a member today. JOIN US!.
The EarthSave Foundation was started in the United States in 1987 by John Robbins as a result of overwhelming response to his book, "Diet for a New America." Earthsave was legally incorporated as a non-profit society in British Columbia on March 1, 1990. Since then we have grown along with our members, but remain an independent and economically sound volunteer run organization with one part time employee and a very active board.
Earthsave Canada has been putting on events such as our popular Taste of Health annual festival (education plus tasty samples!), as well as our speaker series and information talks at schools and community events throughout the year. Our ubiquitous Vegetarian Directory is now available all over town and also as an online searchable database and iPhone app. The ever-growing Member Discount Program (MDP) now boasts more than 50 businesses, offering discounts and quality products and services to ESC members, helping us engage others in using their wallets to drive change.
Our friends at Meatless Meet Up continue bringing people together through our monthly dine-outs and potlucks where like-minded people can get together over a cruelty-free meal and explore new menus. We have also started the member-led Veg Club where folks can hook up and hang out in a less structured environment; sharing job and apartment postings, road trips, advice and more . Our online communities are growing daily, attracting people from all over the globe and allowing them to share relevant information with each other with just a click.
As an educational organization we provide information and support by creating, printing and distributing well researched and easy to read brochures on topics such as How to get your Protein, Calcium, B12 and Iron from a Plant-based Diet. We are working on our own Earthsave branded (and Canadian-centric) Food Guide and Veg Starter Kits.
What is a plant-based diet?
‘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, 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. Organic animal products are a luxury few can afford, while most can agree that factory farming is far from appetizing. Many cultures and beliefs do not eat certain meats, or cannot tolerate dairy, but everyone can enjoy a plant-based meal and all are welcome at the table. Reducing our consumption of animal products may very well be the greatest contribution to sustainability we can make as individuals, and is certainly the most highly recommended way of preventing chronic diseases.