Nital Jethalal

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Nital Jethalal
Economist. Policy Analyst

Nital Jethalal is a policy analyst and economist.  He currently serves as strategist and policy advisor for the Plant Based Treaty and also oversees economics and policy research for Plant Based Data. Nital is also the president of  VegTO and a director at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.

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Nital Jethalal is a policy analyst and economist and oversees the economics and policy sections of Plant Based Data. He also sits on the board of directors for VegTO, as president, and the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.

September 2022

Recent polling found 90 per cent of respondents cited availability as a key driver of food choices. Let’s make plant-based foods more accessible.

Interview | December 2022

In this episode we talk to Nital Jethalal -- a plant-based policy analyst and economist with Plant-Based Data and the president of VegTO, a Toronto-based non-profit that seeks to inspire people to choose healthier, greener, and more compassionate lifestyles. Nital is also the co-founder and chair of the Veg Climate Network and sits on the board of directors for the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.

In our conversation, we talk about a recent survey conducted by VegTO and the Angus Reid Institute that looked at food choices and awareness in the G-T-A. It found two in three residents want to reduce their meat consumption and that over 85 percent say they are aware of the impacts of animal products on the environment. We get into these findings and many others… and what they mean moving forward.

Interview | December 2020

In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Nital Jethalal all about food and nutrition economics, or plant-based econ as the cool kids are calling it these days. Have you ever wondered what the impact would be if everyone went 80, 90, or even 100% plant-based? What effect would that have on the environment, the economy, and even the healthcare systems? What about meat taxes? We take a deeper look at that in today’s show. Nital is a smart guy and you’ll be intrigued by this conversation for sure. Nital Jethalal is a Toronto-based nutrition economics researcher. He was introduced to the benefits and wonders of whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) living as a teenager. After working in strategic policy at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in 2008, he started to wonder what would happen if Canadians went largely plant-based. Over ten years later, Nital founded Plant-Based Economics, is one of three researchers behind Plant-Based Data, and is increasingly active in food strategy in Toronto. He sits on the Board of Directors for both the Toronto Vegetarian Association (acting president) and the Toronto Veg Food Bank. He is currently focused on initiatives that help the city achieve climate change emission targets and initiatives that foster greater adoption of plant-based foods throughout the city. Nital has a MSc in Economics from Queen’s University and an E-Cornell certificate in plant-based nutrition. He is also a certified reiki practitioner and ashtanga yoga teacher. In this episode we discuss: Community Finding plant-based What if everyone went plant-based? Plant-based Economics Health Economics Nutrition Economics Celebrating the rise of Veganism Rise in plant-based and changes in animal industry Meat tax Actionable steps Plant-based data TVA Links to things we mentioned: – eCookBook Nital Jethalal - , , Plant-Based Economics - , , Plant-Based Data - , , Animal Agriculture and The Origin of Pandemics with Dr. Tushar Mehta - Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases with Dean Ornish - Effects of Food with The Creator of The Glycemic Index, Dr. David Jenkins – Why You Should Grow Your Own Food with James Marin - - The Growth Of The Ethical, Cruelty-Free, Sustainable Economy

Interview | March 2021
Veg Out is hosted by a group of Toronto vegans who share their passion for all things veg through discussion and interviews. We offer a space for everyone from the veg curious to dedicated vegans to learn about what's new in the veg community, covering such topics as animal ethics, vegan baking, local events and news.
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