Plant-based diets are at the core of our mission

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The Louis Bonduelle Foundation strives to improve eating behaviour through awareness and outreach initiatives, which focus on plant-based diets. The foundation’s approach makes all the more sense given the recommendation of the EAT-Lancet report: to double the global intake of plant-based foods by 2050.

Adopting a healthy diet inevitably means making plant-based foods a priority. Fruit, vegetables, leguminous plants, cereals, grains, and oleaginous fruits are at the core of current dietary recommendations and have been central to the Louis Bonduelle Foundation’s activities since 2004.

Raising awareness about plant-based diets

To raise awareness and inform both the public and professionals, the foundation provides invaluable resources that have been drafted with experts, including monographs that address the different aspects of plant-based foods, from nutrition to the reduction of food waste.

Discover some of our monographs on plant-based diets:

The agro-ecological transition is another important aspect of plant-based diets. Proteins are at the forefront of the changing global nutrition landscape. They will help us face current challenges, whether they be nutritional, environmental, demographic or economic. Leguminous plants are a particularly interesting source, since they represent an excellent nutritional profile, are economically accessible and keep well over time. Make sure to read one of the foundation’s monographs on the subject: “What place do leguminous plants have in our diet?

Are you wondering when a vegetable or a leguminous plant is in season, what are its health benefits or how to prepare it? Do have questions about a nutrient, its role, or the foods that contain it? The answers to these questions and more can be found in our vegetables and nutrients gallery. The foundation also offers children’s games and learning kits about vegetables, which can be valuable resources for schools.

Improving eating behaviour through education

Nutrition education for young people is one of the foundation’s main priorities. From tips and recipes to games and practical information, the Louis Bonduelle Foundation unlocks the secrets of how to teach children to love vegetables.

In addition, the foundation in 2017 commissioned the EpicAlim project, a combination of seventeen scientific studies to identify the best actions to implement in order for children to eat more vegetables. The foundation’s approach is also apparent in their collaboration with the ANCA Chair, whose goal is to develop innovative nutrition-education initiatives, such as the online comic strip “Manger vers le futur“.

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Knowledge sharing, support for research and local initiatives

Every year, the Louis Bonduelle Foundation conferences focus on plant-based foods as a global issue. Experts come to talk about the role of plant-based food in our diets, eating behaviours, the urban landscape, or the relationship between diets and different life stages.

The foundation supports and participates in scientific research to improve knowledge about plant-based nutrition. Every year, a young researcher receives the Louis Bonduelle Research Award for his or her scientific work.

Visit the Research Award photo timeline

Through its annual requests for proposals, the foundation supports a large number of initiatives by local associations, schools, and others in the countries where it operates, in order to help individuals improve their dietary habits – with a total of over 200 projects supported in nearly 20 countries. Many of these are in the culinary field, such as cookery workshops or the development of vegetable gardens as an educational tool.

Do you support or actively work in an association? Do you want to start a project? Subscribe to our newsletter for information on the launch and the topic of the next request for proposals!

In line with the new EAT-Lancet report recommendations

There is a reason why the foundation is actively involved in plant-based nutrition: for years, we have seen this as the cornerstone to optimising human health and protecting the environment. This is also one of the conclusions of the EAT-Lancet Commission. In their latest report, scientists insist that it is urgent that we radically transform the way we eat. They set forth the framework for a global health dietary plan aimed at feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050. The diet contains twice as many fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole cereals and leguminous plants and half the amount of red meat and added sugar.

To learn more about the EAT-Lancet report, read our article
The healthy diet that saves the planet“.

Among the strategies to attain these goals, the members of the EAT-Lancet Commission call for better information and education, particularly in the field of nutrition.

In keeping with these new recommendations, the Louis Bonduelle Foundation continues to raise awareness, support research and conduct outreach initiatives to improve eating habits by promoting plant-based diets.

Find out about the foundation’s activities to raise awareness on sustainable
and responsible behaviour among different target audiences.

EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health. Summary Report, 2019.