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Economic and social developments over the past century have coincided with drastic changes to peoples’ lifestyles. Greater availability of both highly processed and animal-based foods has caused a shift away from more traditional eating patterns.

Lifestyle changes have, in turn, lead to unparalleled impacts on Earth’s natural systems. Of the numerous environmental issues that humanity must now address, climate change, which has been deemed this century’s greatest global health threat, is one of the most challenging.

The global food system is a major contributor to climate change, the primary user of fresh water, and a main contributor to both land-use change and biodiversity loss. According to EAT-Lancet (2019): 'A radical global transformation is needed.'

Research tells us that plant-based eating patterns protect us against a range of common chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Similarly, plant-based eating patterns are far less impactful on the environment and on the climate than are more traditional Western diets.

Plant-Based Living Initiative / PBLI
Delivering the latest research on healthy and sustainable eating patterns

Our broken food system is driving today's health & environmental crises.

beans, peas and lentils, pulses, tofu and tempeh

Tubers and other starchy vegetables
potato, sweet potato, yam, pumpkin, squash, corn

Vegetables of all kinds (non-starchy)
leafy greens, allium, cruciferous, & colorful veg

berries, melons, tropical, core, stone, & citrus fruits

Nuts and Seeds
to be consumed in modest amounts

Whole grains
wild and brown rice, oats, quinoa, barley, etc.

Beverages (healthy and unsweetened)
water, unsweetened plant drinks, natural smoothies

Herbs and Spices
cumin, turmeric, cayenne, oregano, coriander, basil

A whole food, plant-based eating pattern.

The pattern generally favours nutrient-dense foods that are in their whole and natural state.

We are a non-profit organisation based in Dunedin, New Zealand. We offer an online platform that focuses on the many potential benefits of whole food, plant-based eating. Our content is 100% free!

We also provide group education in our communities, and collaborate with other organisations to share information, advocate for food system change, and undertake policy-related work.

Ultimately, we aim to promote healthy and environmentally-friendly population-level eating patterns in NZ and beyond.

We want a healthy & sustainable food system, don't you?


Doctors For Nutrition is a registered charity organisation whose mission is to ‘bring food back to healthcare through advocacy, education and research on the benefits of whole food plant-based diet.'

OraTaiao - NZ Climate & Health Council is a not-for-profit incorporated society comprised of health professions demanding urgent and equitable climate action.


Whole, plant-based foods
offer a solution.




Anna DeMello

Anna went to McGill University in Canada, where she completed a Masters degree in Human Nutrition. She is also registered as a dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO), Canada, and is a Registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of New Zealand. She acts as Lead Dietary Advisor for the NZ arm of Doctors for Nutrition.

Anna currently works in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Jono Drew

Jono is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Most recently, he has undertaken a research year so as to investigate the co-benefits, in relation to climate change mitigation and population health, of eating patterns that conform to the NZ dietary guidelines.

His thesis is set to inform brand new population-level guidelines on the topic of sustainable eating among NZ adults.

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