U.K. government urged to introduce meat-free day at schools
The U.K. government has been urged to introduce at least one meat-free day as they update “weak” school meal rules.
The Soil Association says this will help tackle the climate change and obesity crises.
The Department for Education (DfE) is reviewing its School Food Standard—rules all state funded schools must follow.
Currently the School Food Standards only include a non-mandatory recommendation to include a weekly meat-free day.
Rob Percival, Head of Policy for Food & Health at the Soil Association, said:
“The updated School Food Standards should require that all schools serve a plant-based protein day each week. The current, non-compulsory advice for a meat-free day is too weak.
“We know children would benefit nutritionally from eating more beans, pulses, and plant-based proteins and the climate would also benefit – we should all be eating less and better meat.
“Leading Food for Life schools are already showing that it is possible to serve children healthy plant-based meals, with the cost saving used to ‘trade-up’ to higher-welfare and more sustainable meat for the rest of the week. It’s time the government caught up.”