Nutrition body announces new micro-grant for plant-based initiatives

A new micro-grant by the Center for Nutrition Studies aims to support plant-based initiatives to empower sustainable food systems.

The T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) has announced a micro-grant to support plant-based initiatives. The Community Leads platform will be accepting applications from November 18 for grants from innovative startups and existing companies looking to expand.

The plant-based grants range from $500 to $50,000 and its three areas of focus are community education and food literacy, access to healthy, affordable food, and sustainable, equitable food systems.

Chronic diseases related to diets are at an all-time high, and the planet is facing ecological destruction “due to a corporate-based, livestock-centred food system”.

In a press release, CNS says the first step in the process is to recognise the regenerative, resilient power of food. A whole foods, plant-based diet (WFPB) has already been revealed to help heal bodies, and the organisation says a sustainable and equitable food system can heal the global ecosystem too. “Changing the way we produce and consume food will transform the world.”

CNS argues that there’s no reason the same principle of health can’t be applied to communities, just like how health functions in the body. The press release quoted someone privy to the plant-based grant, who said: “What a lovely idea, such an inspiring way to motivate our worldwide community into paradigm transforming action around the globe.”

Among the groups that have received grants are The Bronzeville Agricademy in Ohio, The VIDA Land Program in the Dominican Republic, Healthy Foods for Healthy Families Project in Baltimore, Aaya’s Table in New York City, Transplanting Conditions Community Farm in North Carolina and Casa Vegana de La Comunidad in Puerto Rico.

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