Jane Goodall On Why “Plantbased Diets Are Very, Very Important”


It’s no secret that the idea of a plantbased diet has gained immense traction in recent years. As a result, “being vegan” has become popular amongst a younger generation of people. It’s certainly less common to see a person of an older generation consuming and promoting a plantbased diet. However, Jane Goodall, at age 87, and known for her selfless, amazing work in conserving wildlife as an anthropologist, is here to change that. She herself is vegan for the good of the planet and the animals that inhabit it, and encourages others of all ages to do the same. In fact, as proof of this encouragement, Goodall recently published a vegan cookbook with tons of delicious, fully plantbased recipes enclosed. 

At The Pizza Plant, we are amazed by Goodall’s story and her efforts in aiding the environment through vegan eating, and are excited to share some interesting information about her plantbased advocacy with you. If you enjoy this post about the incredible Jane Goodall, be sure to share it with a friend who would also love to hear about her story. And, if you like delicious, plantbased pizza, head to your local grocery store or shop online for The Pizza Plant. Our pizzas are 100% plantbased, Organic, scratch-made, and have meat eaters and plantbased eaters alike coming back for seconds. 

The Story of Jane Goodall

To summarize the amazing life and accomplishments of 87 year old Jane Goodall within a couple paragraphs is quite the challenge. She has done countless good for wildlife, humans, and the world as a whole. Known as the world’s top-tier expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is most famously recognized for her 60-year study on social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees that began in Tanzania in 1960. In 2002 she was named a UN Messanger of Peace. She is also well-known for naming and humanizing the chimpanzees that she studied, rather than numbering them which, before her, was a common practice. This stemmed straight from her genuine love and respect for animals. 

This love for animals and the ecosystems in which they lived directly influences her diet. Goodall has stated that “plantbased diets are very, very important,” because of their direct positive impact on the environment. She urges people to make educated, empathetic decisions when purchasing their food, and to ask themselves, “Did this product and its manufacture harm the environment? Is it cheap because of child slave labor or inequitable wages paid to the people who produced it? Did it harm animals, like the terrible factory farms?” Asking herself these questions has led her to being a long time vegetarian and now vegan. We are inspired by her lifelong dedication to studying and aiding animals, and her commitment to taking personal responsibility for the environmental destruction that eating meat and dairy causes. 

Jane Goodall’s Plantbased Journey and Cookbook

While on a flight in the late 60s, Jane Goodall had an epiphany, saying “I looked at this meal they served me — it was a bit of chicken — and I realized that it represented fear, pain and death. And I thought, ‘I don’t want anything to do with that.’ And that was the end of my eating any kind of meat.” In the beginning, Goodall quit eating meat for the wellbeing of animals, but over time, when she discovered just how harmful the meat and dairy industries were to the environment, she became an advocate for eating plantbased to help the planet. She has also vocalized her support of the research that states that eating vegan is good for your health. 

In 2021, Goodall, alongside her eponymous institute, released a cookbook titled, #EatMeatless: Good for Animals, The Earth, and All. Inside, you can find a foreword written by Goodall herself, that speaks to the importance of eating plantbased. When asked about her motivation behind creating and writing the book, she said, “It’s becoming more and more clear that the obsession with eating meat and dairy products and eggs is totally destroying the environment. It’s creating methane, it’s wasting water, and it’s bad for our health.” Goodall encourages people of all ages to cut meat and dairy products from their diets. She says that starting simple and cutting out meat once a week is a great step in the process, and we certainly agree. If all people became even slightly more conscious of their animal-product intake, it could do wonders for the world. 

All this plantbased talk making you hungry?

How about for a warm, savory, plantbased pizza? At The Pizza Plant, we do pre-made, plantbased pizzas right. Both our Everything but The Hog vegan pizza and our Salsiccia Italiano vegan pizza are made with a delicious, Organic Thin Crust Dough, and are topped with Organic Marinara Sauce, Cashew Style Nut Cheese, and Plantbased sausage or Plantbased Pepperoni. All of our ingredients are 100% plantbased, wholesome, better for you and the environment, and tastier than ever. 

Our plantbased pizzas are certainly worth tasting, and if you’re feeling curious, you can try out both of our signature, vegan pizzas. For a plantbased pizza topped with vegan pepperoni, check out our Everything But the Hog vegan Pizza. For a plantbased version of an Italian sausage pizza, check out our Salsiccia Italiano vegan Pizza

We hope you enjoyed learning about Jane Goodall and her advocacy for the plantbased diet. If so, be sure to share this post with a friend, family member, or animal-lover. 

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