VEG | Vegan Enthusiast Group


All are welcome to join VEG from lifelong vegans to the ‘vegan-curious’. VEG is founded on the idea that universities have a duty to translate the research they produce that supports transitioning to a plant-based food system that is necessary to maximize health and longevity, and address the climate emergency.

Those interested can contact Convener Elizabeth Dean, for details on how to be added to the VEG list for updated information.


VEG is an inclusive group of the spectrum of individuals from ‘the plant-based curious’ to the ‘strictly vegan’. In addition to Emeritus College members and their families, others in the UBC community and community-at-large are welcome to join this listserv group to receive a range of resources including vegan-friendly businesses, services, recipes, books, articles, documentaries, and movies, and engage in discussions on vegan initiatives. VEG hopes to provide resources on test-kitchen skills. Potlucks and opportunities to connect with each other are possibilities. VEG is here to serve the interests of all motivations for joining VEG (e.g., personal health, national health, environmental/climate and planetary health, and animal health and welfare and wellbeing, or simply curiousity.


Vegan Resources

You are what you eat poster

A New Netflix documentary called ‘You Are What You Eat’, based on the Twins Study.

See the trailer here

Vegan Friendly Cities Poster

Resource that lists a Top 10 of Vegan friendly cities.

Link to website.

Growcer Website Pic

Information on Growcer, a vertical farming initiative.

Link to website.

Book cover

Ed Winters (aka Earthling Ed)  new book "How to Argue with a Meat Eater (and Win Every Time)" is available at your local book store.

Watch his latest TED talk on YouTube

Exam Room podcast title page

Dr. Michael Greger: Inside “How Not To Age” | The Exam Room Podcast

Watch the YouTube recording

Veganuary title page

Why Did Six Million Brits Sign Up To Veganuary?

Those curious about the origins of Veganuary, check out the YouTube documentary ‘It’ll Never Catch On: The Veganuary Story’. Veganuary is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Two Brits birthed the movement on February 12, 2013.

Watch the YouTube recording

Plant Based University website screen grab

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen was developed based upon the best available balance of evidence. Rather than being a meal plan or diet in itself, it is just to be used as a checklist to inspire you to include some of the healthiest of healthy foods in your diet.

See Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen here (PDF)

Plant Based University website screen grab

September 2023 Open Letter to the Universities in the United Kingdom to Become Plant-Based Signed by Over 900 Experts and Academics

Screen grab from Ed Winters YouTube post

The Shocking Reason Why Humans Started Drinking Cows' Milk 
Ed Winters, acclaimed Vegan Advocate

Watch the YouTube recording

Screen grab of lecture from TEDx

Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices 
Dr. Melanie Joy | TEDxMünchen

Dr. Melanie Joy, Harvard-trained social psychologist, and highly-acclaimed social justice advocate in which veganism is subsumed.

Watch the YouTube recording.

Screen grab from Melanie Joy's YouTube post

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat, Dr. Melanie Joy


Orange Bran Flax Muffins

Orange Bran Flax Muffins - Original recipe can be found here

Suggested VEG modifications:

  • We use date paste instead of ‘sugar’ in all our recipes. Even though it has calories, it has much food value. I also add 1/4C dried sour cherries. Every oven is different, but ours seems to require a few more minutes to cook completely with a knife coming out clean (more or less, we like our muffins moist).
  • For the date paste, we buy a big container of organic dates. Remove the stem piece at the top and the pit. Add water to hydrate; an hour usually does it. Drain and re-add ‘some’ water, enough to make a paste and not runny. Blend in a mixer like a Bullet until a paste. I usually always have some on hand. For most recipes I replace the amount of sugar with the equivalent amount of date paste. Seems to work without having to adjust the fluid content.
  • We use plant-based milk.
  • We use ‘JUST Egg’, an excellent mung bean-based egg replacer. I am exploring ways to make our own. Will keep you posted.

Vegan Family Cookbook cover

The Vegan Family Cookbook by Anna Pippus comes highly recommended for the vegan-curious.

Forks Over Knives magazine cover

Forks Over Knives magazine features lots of recipes and they often publish holiday themed issues.

Vegan Family Kitchen

Vegan meal plans and recipes from Vegan Family Kitchen 


Event Poster

May 25, 2024
5th Canadian Plant-Based Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine Conference

This hybrid conference is brought to you by Plant-Based Canada ( in collaboration with the Canadian Lifestyle Medicine Advocacy Group of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

The conference will provide evidence-based education in the field of plant-based nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Event Info

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Jan 26, 2024 - 4 part series
How Not to Age Book Club
with Dr. Michael Greger

Join me for a series of four live webinars where I’ll dive into each part of my new book, How Not to Age, and highlight some of the most important passages. I’ll spend time summarizing each week’s section, then open it up for Q&A. If you’ve already gotten your copy, you know that How Not to Age is such a massive book that there’s a lot of ground to cover in each webinar. To get the most out of this series, I encourage you to read the sections ahead of time and come with your questions, but please also feel free to just drop in and listen even if you haven’t had a chance to read each section beforehand! 

Event Info

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Oct 27, 2023
with Dr. Michael Klaper

FREE or by donation to Moving Medicine Forward .

Join us for an enlightening evening as Dr. Michael Klaper delves into the topic of nutrition and its importance in supporting health. This in-person event will take place on Fri Oct 27, 2023 at 7 pm at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House located at 2305 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4.

Event Info

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Oct 26, 2023
with Dr. Michael Klaper

FREE or by donation to Moving Medicine Forward

“Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth.” This quote from the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Plant, Health suggests that what we eat plays a key role in both human and planetary health.

Event Recording

VEG Articles

EC Fall Newsletter

Read the VEG group profile on Page 13 in the Fall 2023 Emeritus College Newsletter.

See Newsletter (PDF)