Daily vegetarian menu to become the new standard in Grenoble school canteens

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It has long been understood that the foods we eat and one’s diet choices can directly affect the climate.

Global warming is fueled by greenhouse gases, which endanger human health, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Food production, transportation, as well as storing of food waste are all aspects of the food system, which have a major impact on climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sees plant-based diets as a major possibility for reducing and adapting to climate change in its special report on climate change and land, according to a 2019 article in Nature.

The French city of Grenoble has recognized the importance of food and diet and climate change and has taken concrete measures to ensure that Grenoble residents can be a bright example in the global fight against climate change.

The city at the foot of the French Alps had already committed to more organic and more local food and less meat back in 2014. However, it has recently been announced that the city will take another major step in this direction soon. From September 2022. the vegetarian menu will become the new standard in canteens of Grenoble schools.

Mayor of Grenoble Éric Piolle stated on social media: ‘’In Grenoble, the 100% vegetarian menu is becoming the new standard in school canteens! From the beginning of the school year, the choice will be between a vegetarian menu (standard) and menus with meat and/or fish (optional).’’

Compared to most meat-based diets, vegetarian diets often have lower natural consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol and a higher intake of plant nutrients.

By regularly offering vegetarian dishes to their youngest residents, this French city certainly sets a very good example for other European cities to take an even more active role in the fight against climate change. (photo credit: Jonathan Borba/Unsplash)