Animal charity Humane Society International UK is aiding companies going plant-based, in line with COP26 calls The program has already assisted leading universities increase plant-based options - Media Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission.

Animal Charity Offers Program To Help Companies Go Plant-Based, Joins COP26 Calls


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A leading animal advocacy charity is offering a culinary program to aid institutions in increasing plant-based options.

The move is in line with the Humane Society International UK (HSI)’s calls for this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to offer an exclusively plant-based menu.

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HSI UK sees changing diets as ‘vital’ in order to mitigate climate change. As a result, it launched a virtual plant-based cooking scheme through the Forward Food Programme this month.

The campaign aims to encourage plant-based shifts in the catering industry, with a view to making the global food system more sustainable.

Moreover, the goal is to assist organizations in helping more people access plant-based menu options.

Each workshop offers training online led by renowned food writer Jenny Chandler.

‘Rapid’ demand

HSI UK’s Forward Food Program Manager is Charlie Huson.

Huson said: “Demand for tasty and satisfying vegan options in Britain’s canteens and kitchens is growing rapidly, as students, customers, and caterers across the country realize the incredible health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a more plant-based diet.

“Reducing meat and dairy consumption is one of the single most important actions we can all take to tackle climate change.

“So we are incredibly excited that by launching our Forward Food training on a new virtual and interactive platform, we can help even more universities, corporate kitchens, and catering companies meet growing demand for more plant-centered menus.”

Moreover, the program has already been implemented at top universities from Cambridge to the University of London, Sheffield, and Oxford Brookes.

COP26 urged to go plant-based

Many are calling for COP26 to offer entirely vegan food this year, HSI UK included.

An online petition was even created: penned to stress the importance of meatless diets in fighting climate change.

‘COP26 presents an opportunity for the UK government to set a global example in Glasgow, one of most vegan-friendly cities in the world’, it reads.

Additionally, the acclaimed Scottish actor Alan Cumming sent a letter to COP26’s president Alok Sharma echoing the sentiments.

He wrote: “If the goal of the COP26 summit is to protect the planet – as well as promote compassionate, responsible behavior – animal-derived foods have no place on the menu.”

You can find out more about HSI UK here

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Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
10 months ago

Stop trying to impose you’r own petty morality on others. Supply sustainably produced food ( plant or animal ) and let the delegates chose according to their own customs and tastes.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
10 months ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Is there such a thing as sustainable animal foods?

This is a great resource to look into! 🙂

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
10 months ago

Yes! Look up “The Centre for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems” California State University. There are over 40 farms in the UK using these systems to produce totally sustainable animal and plant foods. It’s now one of the fastest growing agricultural movements in the world. The link you provided is well known to me, since I don’t support industrial food production of any kind, I would merely consider it a statement of the horrendous problems that exist today. Please bear in mind that we have only 50yrs of harvests left on the major cropping areas of the world ( we are losing 23 hectares of arable land every minute 24/7 ). Get the animals out of the factories and back on the land to regenerate the soils.

I have in fact already replied to you on this same topic in reply to the PBN article on the documentary “ Breaking Boundaries” but received no reply.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
10 months ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Hi Rowland!

I agree, get the animals out of the factories. Thus, we could free up a lot of arable land, which is currently being used to grow crops for animal feed.

Would wildlife not help in the regeneration of soils? Wildlife that would be there, if we were not to clear land for farmed animals and crops?