What is the Plant-Based Treaty and why should we care?

If you follow environment or climate-related news, you might have heard that Haywards Heath near London was the first town in Europe to endorse the Plant-Based Treaty. Eighteen cities around the world have now endorsed this treaty—but what is it?

Putting food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis

As a companion to the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement, the Plant-Based Treaty initiative is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combatting the climate crisis. Modeled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and promote a shift to healthier, sustainable plant-based diets. 

There are three parts to the Treaty:

Demand 1: Relinquish

Stop the problem increasing

No land use change, including deforestation, for animal agriculture

Demand 2:  Redirect

Eliminate the driving forces behind the problem

Promotion of plant-based foods and actively transition away from animal-based food systems to plant-based systems

Demand 3: Restore

Actively healing the problem while building resilience and mitigating climate change

Restore key ecosystems and reforest the earth

Who can sign the Plant-Based Treaty?

The organization urges scientists, individuals, groups, businesses and cities to endorse this call to action and put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant Based Treaty. Whether you’re an individual or a business owner, you can endorse the plant-based treaty and encourage others—including your city’s government—to do the same.

BReD has signed the treaty because we believe we must all do our part to combat climate change. In Whistler, BC, we are reminded every day of the beauty of nature we fight to preserve. As a vegan bakery, we have already taken steps to reduce animal agriculture by baking all our products with plant-based ingredients and supporting various environmental organizations like Trees for the Future.

Visit plantbasedtreaty.org to learn more and to sign the treaty.