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UK Primary Schools Look To Vegan Meals To Help Tackle Climate Change

by | January 14, 2020

Nearly 200 primary schools in Leeds will soon offer more vegan food to students in order to help tackle climate change.

Meals at participating schools will include vegan and vegetarian options, and meat will be completely off the menu for two days every week.

Students were consulted on the proposed updates to school meals, with 95% of the children saying they had no problem having a meat-free day.

“Leeds pupils are taste-testing new environmentally-friendly school dinner menus” announced the local council.

“The aim is to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and ensure that pupils enjoy even healthier meals with extra vegetable content.”

Leeds City Council created the environmentally-friendly change as part of a £200 million initiative to help address the climate crisis. The city is aiming to cut its carbon footprint in half over the next five years.

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95% of students said they would be happy to have meat-free school meals (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com)

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Climate Change & Vegan Meals

A 2019 report from the United Nations (UN) warned that the “high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.”

26% of all carbon emissions come from food production, and a massive 58% of those emissions are from animal agriculture.

Experts from the UN have suggested that switching to a plant-based diet can help to fight climate change, although they also acknowledge that some “people have no other choice” than to eat meat.

Do you think the students will be inspired to choose more plant-based meals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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