Brazil, one of the largest growing vegan communities has announced a decision that will have vegan parents around the world rejoicing. Announced first by the Humane Society International (HSI). The HSI launched a new program in partnership with the schools, named, “Escola Sustentável” which means, ‘sustainable schools’, as a way to show awareness of the environmental impact of meat production, as well as the negative effect it can have on human health. Serrinha, Barraoca, Teofilandia, and Biritinga in Bahia are the four northeastern cities making history with the new program.
The staff have been taking classes to brush up on their plant-based knowledge in the school cafeterias, and to make it a seamless transition. All animal products will be slowly taken from the menus, with less and less by each quarter, with finally, the schools finally be a 100% vegan establishment.
“Providing our school districts with plant-based meals will help save environmental and public financial resources, allow for a future of healthy adults, and build a fair world for the animals,” Leticia Baird, Brazilian public prosecutor for the environment in the state of Bahia, said in a statement.
Sandra Lopes, the food policy manager for HSI in Brazil, added: “We applaud the cities of Serrinha, Barroca, Teofilandia, and Biritinga for becoming the world’s first school districts to commit to going 100 percent plant-based. It’s an honor to have worked with city authorities, nutritionists and school cooks on the adoption and implementation of this initiative, and we’re excited to continue working closely with them to ensure the success of this program.”
This is not the first time cities in the country have placed plant-based meal plans in school cafeterias. Last summer, Várzea Grande, Cuiabá, and Sao Gonςalo introduced a new conscious eating program for children. In LA, we also saw an increase in schools pledging to go plant based.
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