Amsterdam’s officials have already put in place a detailed plan to help the city become more healthy and sustainable by encouraging their citizens to have mostly plant-based diets by 2030. By 2040, they hope to have plant-based diets at 60%. Currently, Amsterdam citizens are already 39% plant-based.
The city plans to help this agenda by providing healthy and sustainable plant-based foods to vulnerable neighborhoods, schools, and public areas. Permits for unhealthy eateries are to be severely restricted with the emphasis on healthy restaurants. Local restaurants are also encouraged to add healthy, plant-based items to their menus.
Though Climate change is a big reason for this switch, it is mostly due to rising cases of obesity in the Netherlands. Amsterdam hopes to curb this growing threat by encouraging healthier plant-based diets with limited animal products.
Hopefully, Amsterdam’s plan will inspire other cities around the world to go plant-based. It is not only better for the environment but also for people’s health.
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