The Oxfordshire county council has passed a rule that only allows vegan food to be served at official events. The idea was brought up in order to lead by example in tackling climate change and global warming.

The ruling read, “This council recognizes that global meat and dairy production is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation and that reducing consumption of these foods is a key part of tackling climate change. The government’s independent Climate Change Committee, advises that meat consumption should be reduced by a fifth and that public bodies should promote plant-based foods. That and the avoidance of food waste are powerful ways to cut carbon emissions. Furthermore, in the UK, only 18 percent of children consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, and most young people’s diets lack fiber. Providing appealing plant-based school meals along with education on healthy, climate-positive food choices are excellent ways to address these problems.”

With this ruling, the Oxfordshire county council’s events will only be catered with plant-based foods. 

The ruling has met some opposition from other council members who do not follow a plant-based diet. Other than that, this is wonderful news and sets an example for other city council members to adopt more plant-based foods into their diets.

This is wonderful progress as animal agriculture is a huge part of climate change and needs to be addressed more frequently. They are now setting a positive example for citizens and aligning their actions with their climate goals.

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