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 »

Canada Food Guide increases veg compatibility

A few weeks ago, Health Canada launched a new version of Canada’s Food Guide. It’s been 15 years since the guide was last updated. There are several changes of interest to vegetarians. The guide still uses a rainbow design, but fruits and vegetables now take the place of grains on the outer band. The veggie… Read more »

How plant foods boost your immune system

Unfortunately, our air, water, soil and much of our food is full of chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from asthma to cancer. The good news, however, is that a natural chemical removal system is built into our basic biochemistry. It is powerful enough to eliminate thousands of different chemicals. It just needs to… Read more »

What is Vegetarian?

The word vegetarian, coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842, comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively,” as in homo vegetus — a mentally and physically vigorous person. The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more… Read more »

Veg Options In Peterborough

Last Updated: Sept 20, 2007 Note: this page is no longer being maintained. See Happycow‘s page for up-to-date information. Restaurants and stores with good vegetarian and vegan food options. Peterborough is a small city on the Otonabee River in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, 125km northeast of Toronto. Peterborough is a gateway to the “cottage country” of… 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 »

Recipes from Costa Rica

by David W. Grossman A few summers ago, I spent several weeks doing some medical research in a small town in Costa Rica called Tres Rios. As a vegan, I was initially somewhat disconcerted to discover that the Ticos had, for the most part, no concept of vegetarianism. However, a “casado” consisting of beans, rice,… 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 »

Vegetarian energy foods for kids & athletes

Vegetarian energy foods for growing kids, active teens, and those with fast-paced metabolisms Book store shelves are stocked with “Eat more, weigh less” nutrition books, but little is written on healthy ways to increase your caloric intake. Enter vegetarian energy foods; vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, tend to have low calorie intakes because of their… Read more »

What oil is best to use for cooking?

Written by Ken Fawcett, RNC Unfortunately, the fats and oils best suited for cooking are not those which provide us with the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we require for health [See Omega 3 on our Nutrition page ]. EFAs are very unstable and will break down into very unhealthy compounds when exposed to light, oxygen, and… Read more »