Demands Grow For Vegan Food In UK Public Sector

by | May 2, 2018

The Vegan Society demands more vegan food from the government in UK public sector cafeterias. 

The UK government faces more calls to provide vegan food in schools, hospitals, universities, and prisons as demands grow. The Vegan Society has plans to launch a new campaign in August, called ‘Catering For Everyone‘, with the hopes of making vegan food more accessible in the UK public sector cafeterias.

A right to plant-based food

Spokesperson for the Vegan Society, Dominika Piasecka, explained “By public sector canteens we mean places like hospitals, schools, prisons, universities, workplaces etc. Basically anywhere where you go not out of choice, but because you have to eat.” She continued to say, “Veganism is protected under human rights and equality law, meaning vegans have the right to suitable, animal-free catering in public sector settings. It’s important to remember a vegan food option isn’t just for vegans – it often constitutes a safe dietary choice for everyone. We encourage people to get in touch with their local council, asking them to influence procurement across the public sector.”

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There has been a huge rise in popularity in veganism over the last two years, with a 700% increase in the number of vegans in the UK. There are now thought to be about 3.5 million people in the UK living on a plant-based diet.

Most people choose a plant-based diet based on their position on animal welfare, but increasing numbers of people are now being motivated by other factors including the environment, conscious living, allergies and food intolerances and general health.

The charity hopes that by providing more vegan options in public settings and making it more accessible to the general public, more people will be encouraged to enjoy plant-based alternatives to foods that would normally contain animal products.

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