The Swan School in Oxford, England, has removed meat and fish from its lunch menu – and has stopped pupils from bringing in packed lunches from home.
Dishes such as lentil lasagne, minted pea and feta frittata, and a Quorn sausage and potato bake will now be served at the academy – while non-vegetarian foods will still be offered at break time.
‘Better quality meals’
According to HuffPost UK, Headteacher Kay Wood said the initiative allows the school to ‘serve better quality meals for the same money’ and isn’t a ‘judgment of people who eat meat’ – but because of ‘huge environmental and sustainability benefits’.
“Most importantly, it allows students of all faiths and different dietary requirements to eat together. We want to build a strong, cohesive, school community – that’s why our family dining approach is so important,” Wood added.
The University of Cambridge
Earlier this week, prestigious institution The University of Cambridge revealed it had slashed its food-related emissions by ditching beef and lamb.
Since October 2016, the university’s catering service replaced the red meat with plant-based products, leading to a 33 percent reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram of food purchased, and a 28 percent reduction in land use per kilogram of food purchased.
“Sustainability is extremely important to our students and staff and we wanted to ensure that we were not only responding to their needs but pushing what was considered possible in a catering environment,” said Nick White, Head of the University Catering Service.
“This has involved making sacrifices but it has been absolutely the right thing to do. It’s about making the right choice easy.”