Here are some of the questions about the Pod Network we get asked regularly and our answers. If you are a Pod Group Leader, please visit the Group Leader FAQs page for additional guidance. If you have questions not answered here, please email info@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 of like-minded people, 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, associations and even corporate wellness programs. Existing organizations can join the Pod Network as well.

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 Group Leaders. Pods are part of a grassroots movement to build stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities by supporting and educating their local communities about the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle though 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 an 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.

Is there a membership fee to join the PlantPure Communities Pod Network?

No, PPC does not charge membership fees.

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 or by Pod name. Once you find a Pod you’d like to join a Pod, click HERE to register on the Pod website.

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.

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

While it is not against PPC’s policy for Group Leaders to have a personal business, we ask Group 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 do I find my password?

If you forgot your password, click on the “Login” button in the top right-hand corner and click on the “Reset Your Password” link. An email will be sent to you with a link to the our password reset tool.

How can I change my password?

If you are already logged in and want to change your password, just click on your picture in the top right-hand corner and select “Settings” from the drop down menu. You can then enter a new email address and/or password. Make sure to click ‘Save Changes”.

How can I edit my profile?

If you are already logged in and want to edit your profile, move your cursor over your name in the upper right-hand corner of the window and you should see a drop-down menu appear (if it does not appear just click on your name).  Click on the menu item named Profile and you will be able to edit it. Make sure you click ‘Save Changes”.

What is your stance on the use of salt and sugar, as well as nuts, avocados, and other plant foods high in natural fat?

Please review our culinary philosophy to learn more.

How do I report a spammer on the Pod site?

Know that PlantPure Communities does not endorse the use of our website as a means to expose users to scams.  Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who use the Internet to dupe others by sending spam under false identities.
It is not possible to prevent users on our site from using fake identities or sending spam.  However, once a user has been identified as a spammer, it is possible to report the user directly from our website.  If you receive an inappropriate message from another user of our site, simply click on the user’s name next to “Flag sender as inappropriate:” or “Flag as inappropriate messages by:” (as shown in the screenshot below) so we get notified and can mark and block the user as a spammer.