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UK Town Becomes The First In Europe To Move Towards Veganism

Haywards Heath in Sussex has officially endorsed the Plant Based Treaty

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A West Sussex town in the UK has just made history by becoming the first in Europe to pledge to move towards veganism. 

Haywards Heath – which has a population of around 34,000 people – has signed up to the Plant Based Treaty, an initiative aimed at persuading world leaders to move away from animal agriculture due to its environmental costs. 

The treaty has 38 demands in total, including transitioning to plant-based meals in schools and hospitals, no new animal farms, and subsidizing fruit and vegetables. 

Green councilor Richard Nicholson, who convinced the town to endorse the treaty, said: “The Climate Crisis is no longer a distant future threat but an existential crisis that is upon us in 2022.

“We must all act immediately, and moving to a plant-based diet is the most impactful thing any individual can do to help address the grave situation we face.”

Haywards Heath has said that it will not be directing residents to follow the basis of the treaty, but that it will “educate and encourage the local community to reduce food waste and move to plant-based diets to reduce CO2 emissions; activities which are as impactful as a large-scale move to green energy.”

One of its first steps will be the introduction of environmental awards for businesses and schools that encourage plant-based eating and reduce food waste. 

The environmental cost of animal agriculture

Animal agriculture is disastrous for the environment in a number of ways, and a 2018 study from the University of Oxford found that we need to reduce beef consumption by 90 percent to avoid climate catastrophe. 

It is estimated that meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined, and contributes to around 80 percent of global deforestation. Farmed animals also consume huge amounts of crops and water that could instead be fed directly to humans. 

The Plant Based Treaty’s impact

The Plant Based Treaty was introduced in August of last year as an extension of the Paris Agreement, which saw nearly 200 countries commit to reduce their emissions.

The treaty has already been endorsed in 17 cities worldwide, including Boynton Beach in Florida

Find out more about the Plant Based Treaty on its website.

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F. Armer
F. Armer
1 month ago

Moo!

G Mol
G Mol
1 month ago

Poor people, they been brain washed….

nick jolly
nick jolly
1 month ago

The town hasn’t “endorsed the treaty, the council has, not the same thing. Time will tell whether the town goes along with it.

Adrian Wood
1 month ago
Reply to  nick jolly

Well said, who do these councillors think they are?
They work for us, not the other way around!
A few facts for the looney left ( read ..oh dear) animal methane produced is 16% in the WORLD , human exhaust 68.5%.
I presume that would get worse if the self righteous get their selfish way and we all, God forbid , start eating processed grass.
It’s the humans who need to stop breeding .
For all you do-gooders to remember, it’s of no earthly good repairing
a tiny dripping tap i.e. Great Britain, when there is a massive burst water main
I.e. the World raging everywhere else.
I presume the qualifications required to be a councillor in what, I presume is a Labour or lib dem controlled council (its daft enough!) The intelligence of a chimp is required.

Tex
Tex
1 month ago

Load of rubbish. Humans have eaten meat and animal produce of millions of years and we still here its just immoral.

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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Tex

Thanks for your comment Tex. If it’s immoral why continue doing it when we have alternatives?

David Ferguson
1 month ago

Who says it is immoral? A minority, no thanks we’ll keep the meat!

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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  David Ferguson

Could you explain how it is moral to breed and take the life of a sentient being when you have no necessity to do so?
Do we not have an obligation to protect those more vulnerable than ourselves? Not exploit them?

Adrian Wood
1 month ago

It has been the status quo for millions of years.
Oh no……hang on… Mother Nature hasn’t got a clue has she….
You obviously know better.
Grow up before you infect other vulnerable idiots.

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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Wood

There’s nothing else we’ve done for hundreds of thousands of years that isn’t okay today…?

Clover
Clover
21 days ago

Can you explain to me how we can get all our nutrients from a plant based diet, answer we can’t. So we just stop. It’s immoral to grow monocrops and kill the planet and more animals than animal farming does..

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Plant Based News Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Clover

Hi, all major dietetic and health organizations have stated that a plant based diet is suitable for all stages of life, so yes, you can get all of your nutrients from a plant-based diet.
What nutrients are you concerned about?

Clive
Clive
21 days ago

Plant base isn’t an alternative, please learn about nutrition and the long term affect before preaching others.

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Plant Based News Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Clive

We would be more than happy to take a look at any evidence you have about ‘nutrition’ to support your claim, Clive.

Avi Nash
Avi Nash
1 month ago

It would be very interesting to find out what do these towns who join the treaty actually do to fulfill their pledges? Several towns across the world have already joined the treaty with little visible effect!

Kayte
Kayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Avi Nash

It’ll take more than “several” towns to have a visible effect. It’s a huge start and as more towns sign on to actively educate it’s populace, the sooner we’ll see positive climate improvements.
Change will happen exponentially as more people are educated.

Clover
Clover
21 days ago
Reply to  Kayte

It won’t change the climate. Animal farming have very little do do with that. Humans are worse for the climate than agriculture.

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Plant Based News Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Clover

Hi Clover, you’re right. It is the human actions of breeding and killing 70+ billion land animals annually that is destroying the climate.

Avi Nash
Avi Nash
1 month ago

It would be very interesting to find out what do these towns who join the treaty actually do to fulfill their pledges? Several towns across the world have already joined the treaty with little visible effect! Joining the treaty should come with some real actions besides signing a piece of paper in a pompous fashion.

Kayte
Kayte
1 month ago
Reply to  Avi Nash

Did you read the article? Did you read the treaty? If you had, you’d know it’s more than signing a piece of paper.

Anita Rosinola
Anita Rosinola
1 month ago

It’s about high time we move away from animal agriculture! It’s a cruel cruel industry and I am a vegan and haven’t eaten animals for over 20 years. I am in the best health I’ve ever been having been very sickly in my younger years. Not only that but the way these animals are treated is despicable! No human being would want to be treated like they are. Animals are sentient and therefore feel pain in the same way we do and they do have emotions despite what some might think! With so many healthy and delicious alternatives out there there is no reason to continue killing our animals! Plant based is the way of the future and we better had do something because the climate deniers are going to have a rude awaking and it will be too late!

Adrian Wood
1 month ago
Reply to  Anita Rosinola

Tell India, North Korea, America, China and other countries to sort themselves out first
It’s no good fixing a dripping tap when there are several burst water mains raging world wide!
For heavens sake GROW UP

harry
harry
1 month ago

No more milk for tea. No English breakfasts. No fish and chips. This should work really well. (sarcasm)

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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  harry

Hi Harry, did you know that there is plant-based milk, fish, chips, and any other dish you’re used to?

Patty plant
Patty plant
1 month ago

No because he lives in a cave fucking neanderthal 😂

Knox
Knox
1 month ago

Such encouraging news… It is exciting to see consciousness finally starting to evolve and to make choices to not participate in the mind melting horrors of animal agriculture.

Marygold
Marygold
1 month ago

I have lived in Haywards Heath for 25 years and am a full committed vegan and animal rights supporter. Surprised and thrilled with this news, despite the irony (those who know the town will understand). Let’s keep up the momentum,

Doro
Doro
1 month ago

Going plant based prevents obesity, diabetes, cancer, hypertension – good for you, the future of our children, the animals and the planet!

Clover
Clover
21 days ago
Reply to  Doro

It’s the opposite actually. Cutting down meat is why we have a lot of illness. Lack of iron, vit d and vit b12 to name a few. Probably why there is more Alzheimer’s too.

LILI LETTICE LEATHERBY
LILI LETTICE LEATHERBY
1 month ago

REFRESHING TO READ – I welcome cruelty free, its selfish, unnecessary and backward thinking to make Animals suffer.-Vegan 65 years and counting. LLL

Clover
Clover
21 days ago

So what do u think happens when a field is made ready to grow monocrops. There are no hedges for small animals to live in so birds and other animals die even before they bring in the ploughs, then once planted they have to be protected from animals and insects so they bring in the chemicals which poison the soil and waterways and us eventually. So enjoy your vegan mars bar while you can as the land will soon go to desert if there are no animals to enrich it.

Plant Based News Admin
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Plant Based News Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Clover

Hi, are you aware that the vast majority of monocrops are fed to ‘livestock’?

Clover
Clover
15 days ago

Actually the majority of monocrop waste is fed to livestock. For example oil is squeezed from soy bean and the waste now called soybean meal is fed to the animals. You don’t think they would grow carrots, beans and the like and give them to animals. It’s just the waste like leaves and such.

Plant Based News Admin
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Plant Based News Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Clover

50% of all grains are grown for the purpose of being fed to ‘livestock’. How could we feed 70 billion animals with the leftovers from 7 billion humans, when they require vastly more food than us?

Lucia
Lucia
1 month ago

Yay! Amazing News 🌱 and they said vegans don’t make a difference 😉

Adrian Wood
1 month ago
Reply to  Lucia

They don’t….thank heavens

Yep
Yep
1 month ago

Going plant based for environmental reasons… Yeah, right….
Us: How’d you get that pineapple in the UK?
Them: ……. 🤯

Plant Based News Admin
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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Yep

Hi, not sure if you’ve looked into the data but importing plant foods is still significantly more sustainable than animal products from next door. https://ourworldindata.org/food-choice-vs-eating-local

Adrian Wood
1 month ago

Don’t believe the massaged figures and be led like a flock of….ahem…lambs

Plant Based News Admin
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Plant Based News Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Wood

You don’t believe science?
Do you have credible evidence that contradicts the information provided above?

Clover
Clover
21 days ago

It has been debunked quite a few times. They counted the transport for the animal agriculture but missed a few items for the food agriculture. Almost as if they were bias.

Plant Based News Admin
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Plant Based News Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Clover

Could you point to credible evidence disproving the evidence we have provided above?

Clover
Clover
15 days ago

You will find it if you look. It’s out there.

Julie
Julie
1 month ago

We humans have eaten meat through out our history. Most of the time hunting it. Not wopper burgers or endless chicken basket. Our intensive farming methods globally is killing our plant. How many messages do you need? Add this to our oil and coal usage – we have a problem.

Clover
Clover
21 days ago

Do they realise that can’t thrive on a vegan diet.

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