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A Scottish Council in the West Dunbartonshire borough will introduce plant-based food in all of its nurseries, primary schools, and secondary schools.
The decision follows challenges from Glaswegian mother Alexis Kasravi, who fought for her five-year-old daughter Mia to have a vegan option at nursery.
It’s is reported that Mia could not bring food from home because of health and cross-contamination concerns.
‘It promotes inclusivity’
According to The Scotsman, Kasravi said: “I am very happy that my daughter can enjoy the meals she deserves and that other vegan children will automatically be offered this option.
“It’s important for public institutions like schools to cater to vegan pupils, but plant-based food can be enjoyed by most people, so it promotes inclusivity, sustainability, and good nutrition.”
Kasravi also added that Mia, who is now in primary school, is enjoying her food and doesn’t have to worry about ‘secondary school battles’ later on in Mia’s life.
The Vegan Society
Dr. Jeanette Rowley, The Vegan Society’s legal advisor, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Alexis and Mia.
“All children, regardless of their ethical convictions, should be able to benefit from government-funded schemes; we applaud the school and council for recognizing this.
“Veganism is protected under human rights and equality law, which means if a child is eligible for a free school meal, the duty is not to discriminate by providing a vegan option.”