Jan Hajek | December 6th, 2016
Like most people, I am aware of recommendations to eat less meat and animal products – but its sometimes difficult to find plant based-foods. Animal products seem to be everywhere – CBC radio recently informed us that even our paper/plastic money contains small amounts of animal fat!
Eating more plants and less animal products is good for our health – and the health of our world. Reducing consumption of fossil fuels and transport are important, but we shouldn’t forget that raising animals for food is estimated to be the single biggest contributor to climate change and environmental damage. Conditions on modern day factory farms are really tough on the animals and employees too.
I work at VGH, and often eat at the cafeteria. Other than salads, its been difficult to find “real” food that is not made with animals. But, I was happy to learn that this year the cafeteria introduced, a Meatless Mondays option. On Mondays, there is now always at least one item on their menu that is plant-based – it is a small but concrete step towards a healthier, environmentally friendlier future.
At the cafeteria, especially on Mondays, keep an eye out for the plant-based choices – the lentils and the veggie burritos are my favourites!