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

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;

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