Let’s Celebrate World Meat Free Day

By David Alexander, Toronto Vegetarian Association Executive Director Monday is World Meat Free Day. It couldn’t come at a better time. 2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year for environmental advocacy and education. And front-and-centre is the question of what we eat and where it comes from. In January, the United Nations declared 2016 to be International… Read more »

Save the Planet With Your Fork!

by Lucas Solowey, Interim General Manager Millions of people worldwide come together each year on April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day. In an effort to make our planet cleaner, greener and more sustainable, today many organizations are urging people to pick up a broom, change their light bulbs, recycle or buy a hybrid car. What… Read more »

Shrimp and tsunamis

Industrial shrimp aquaculture is one of the main reasons for the destruction of coastal mangrove forests. These wilderness areas act as a natural buffer against stormy weather. Areas with intact mangrove zones suffered fewer human deaths due to the Dec 2004 tsunamis. The tsunami disaster that occurred in the Indian Ocean is beyond comprehension –… Read more »

Fish and sustainability

Why Eating Fish is Not a Good Alternative to Eating Other Animals Oceans are being depleted Wild fish stocks are in serious decline. Humans have become increasingly effective at tracking down schools of fish using sophisticated sonar and satellite technologies. Capture methods include drag nets that rake the ocean floor, longlining – using miles of… Read more »

Beyond Earth Hour: A planet at “steak”

Beyond Earth Hour: A planet at “steak” Sunday, 23 March 2008 News Release: The Toronto Vegetarian Association calls for greater spotlight on reducing meat consumption in the fight against climate change. TORONTO – With the advent of Earth Hour, led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), on March 29, the connection between energy consumption… Read more »

Climate change: The inconvenient truth about what we eat

Written by Steve Leckie    With April being a cold month in Toronto so far, it is hard to feel too concerned about global warming. But it is worth noting that the greenhouse effect can cause weather extremes in both directions. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth won an Oscar for best documentary in 2006. The… Read more »

Meat and the Environment: Facts and resources

Facts on meat and the environment Farm animals outweigh people A meat-based diet requires 7 times more land Farm animals naturally inefficient Agriculture vs wilderness Excessive use of energy & water Livestock grazing Fish – plundering the oceans Facing food scarcity Solutions PDF version: view as a two page 124k pdf file that can be printed. Nov…. Read more »

Five food choices for a healthy planet

Five simple food choices to help the earth. 1. Eat low on the food chain Moving toward a vegetarian diet is one of the most powerful personal choices you can make for a healthier environment. Your ecological footprint (the amount of non-wild land required to sustain you) is greatly affected by the quantity of meat… Read more »

Do vegetarians eat fish?

Fish. It’s usually the last meat people give up. Maybe it should be the first. by Steve Hal North Americans have been swearing off beef, pork and chicken in droves lately. Most cite health concerns such as heart disease and cancer, while others express empathy for the environment and animals. But many still consume fish… Read more »