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.
And I mean…It is good to read such news.
Is it really a “doctrine of salvation” or an “extreme” if one refuses to actively participate in an ecological catastrophe?
What if someone refuses to ignore the barely comprehensible suffering of pigs, chickens and cattle etc.?
There is not one, not a single argument FOR meat consumption that cannot be debunked.
But hundreds against it.
Food from factory farming comes mainly from third countries.
Rainforest is cleared for soy.
It is said that 4 m² of rainforest have to give way for a hamburger.
All agriculture in third world countries is being destroyed.
The result is hunger.
Millions of people starve to death because we don’t want to do without our cheap schnitzel.
Animal population Germany:
26 million pigs
11 million cattle
173 million poultry
In the first 6 months of 2020, 233,000 tons of pork were exported to China, half of the years before.
Factory farming has a huge impact on the environment.
A pig eats and metabolizes 4 times that of a human.
Most of this feed is imported.
Animal rearing is the main reason the rainforest is cleared!
In Europe, too, feed production contributes to the reduction of biodiversity.
Whether methane gas, ammonia or faeces, the environmental pollution is enormous, groundwater and surface water are contaminated.
The effects on nature are enormous.
Feed imports for 25 million pigs in Germany alone (F 13 million, Ita 9 million).
A pig metabolizes four times as much as a human … pig keeping in Germany alone corresponds to a doubling of the faeces of the German population and an enormous demand for feed is required.
Therefore: We welcome the decision of the Oxfordshire county council and can hope that other institutions will follow suit.
The argument that “nothing should be forbidden when it comes to eating” is irrelevant and can only be explained by the fact that it is first about eating and then about morality, only that in Europe eating is not meant in the sense of survival, but because of it culinary experiences and mostly at the cheapest level.
My best regards to all, Venus