Here are some of the questions about the Pod Network we get asked regularly and our answers. If you have questions about the Pod Network which are not answered here, please email podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org.

What is the PlantPure Communities Pod Network?

The PPC Pod Network offers support and networking opportunities to everyone interested in learning, incorporating, advocating, and practicing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Participation is free. Pods are independent groups consisting of like-minded people who are working together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as have fun and build friendships. Examples of Pods include local “meetups,” vegetarian/vegan societies, churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Both brand new and existing groups and organizations are welcome to join the Pod Network.

What is a Pod and what is its purpose?

A “Pod” (or group) is an independent member organization in the PlantPure Communities Pod Network. Each Pod has its own name and is led by one or more Pod Leaders. Pods are part of a grassroots movement to build healthy, kind, and sustainable communities by supporting and educating their local communities about the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle through Pod meetings and projects.

Why the term “Pod”?

Envision a pea plant with numerous pea pods growing on it. These groups are like pods on a plant, containing many peas – the community members who join the Pod! The PPC Pod Network is like the whole plant. It incorporates all of the Pods, providing each Pod with the support that’s needed in order to grow, thrive, and be successful.

How is PlantPure Communities related to other PlantPure entities, such as the movie PlantPure Nation, or the business?

The nonprofit PlantPure Communities was formed partly as an outgrowth of the 2015 hit movie, PlantPure Nation. This movie documents the suppression of important taxpayer-funded scientific nutritional research that proves the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet, and includes a call to action, which has resulted in the involvement of thousands of people joining the PlantPure movement.

An underlying tenet of PlantPure Communities is to get the word out about important scientific nutrition research, much of which was led by T. Colin Campbell, PhD., as detailed in the book, The China Study. Dr. Campbell serves as the Senior Science Advisor to the organization. Nelson Campbell, the son of Dr. Campbell, is the founder of PlantPure Communities and the director of the PlantPure Nation film.

How do I find out if there’s a Pod where I live? How can I join a Pod?

Visit the “Find a Pod” page to search by location. Once you find a Pod you’d like to join, click on “More Details” and that will direct you to the Pod’s primary communication method. You can also email podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org to let us know where you are located and we will connect you with any local Pods.

What can I do if there’s no local Pod in my area?

If you discover there’s not a Pod in your town or city yet, you can start one! We invite you to apply by clicking HERE.

If I already have or belong to a group, am I allowed to become part of the Pod Network?

Yes! Already established groups are welcome to join the Pod Network as long as they agree to adhere to our culinary philosophy. If you’d like your group to become a member organization in the PPC Pod Network, we invite you to fill out the Pod Leader application. Once the application process is completed, your group will be listed as part of the Pod Network and will be visible to anyone searching for a Pod to join in your community.

Can one Pod have more than one Pod Leader? What is the process to become a co-Pod Leader?

Yes, many Pods have more than one Pod Leader, who are called co-Pod Leaders. We encourage Pod Leaders to find support and delegate some of the responsibilities related to running a Pod to co-Pod Leaders. Send an email to PPC at podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org to add a co-Pod Leader. The request should include the name, email, and phone number for the proposed co-Pod Leader, and ideally, that person would be included in the cc: of the email. If the person making the request is the new co-Pod Leader, please copy the existing Pod Leader on your message so that we know they are in the loop.

Are Group Leaders allowed to promote products, services, or personal businesses at Pod events?

While it is not against PPC’s policy for Pod Leaders to have a personal business, we ask Pod Leaders to be transparent with their Pod members by disclosing business interests and clarifying that their personal business is separate from the Pod. Minimize how often it is mentioned if you choose to mention it during a Pod Event, or create a clear distinction, e.g., if you have a table at a conference or VegFest, place materials in separate sections of the table.

If you choose to use the same name for your Pod as your business, the word “Pod” must be added to the end of the Pod version of the name.

Spamming is not allowed, so if you’d like to promote products and services, create a separate email list (or Facebook group, etc.) for that purpose and let members know it is optional to sign up.

How can I indicate that my Pod is affiliated with the PlantPure movement? May I use “PlantPure“ in the name of my Pod?

There are ongoing and ever-changing issues connected to using the trademark and trade name “PlantPure.” Therefore, “PlantPure” should not be used in the name of Pods. For more on this topic, please refer to the Action Sheet: Naming your Pod. It is perfectly acceptable for Pods to refer to themselves (either verbally or in written documents) as being an independent member organization in the PlantPure Communities (PPC) Pod Network.

The Pod Badge is intended for Pod Leaders to use on websites and flyers to show a Pod’s connection to the PPC Pod Network. (A preview of the badge is available here.) If you’d like to use the Badge, please complete the Pod Leader License Agreement to Use Pod Network Badge form and then email podsupport@plantpurecommunities.org to let us know you’ve submitted the form. By using the badge, you certify that your Pod is a member organization of the PlantPure Communities Pod Network; and that your Pod has read and adopted the PlantPure Communities Culinary Philosophy. This badge is restricted to Pod-related use only.