In the province of Mae Tha in Thailand, the city governor plans to make the city the number one location of ecological food production in Thailand. Vegetables grown here are exported to several provinces of Thailand, including Bangkok.
Mae Tha committed their farms to organic methods some years back. Before, Mae Tha was using chemicals and pesticides intensively and the health risks and environmental concerns were rising. Then the farmers collectively abandoned chemicals and started using sustainable methods to farm and are at the forefront of the organic mainstream in Thailand.
The schools in the tiny city also grow their own food for their lunch programme which means that the students have local and seasonal veggies. Schools are not committed to mandatory plant-based meals per week as of yet but they eat plant-based with less meat almost every single day.
Greenpeace’s global challenge:
Our supporters are challenging cities to race to the top on meat reduction to protect our climate, forests, and water. We aim to have at least 50 cities commit to serving two vegetarian meals (no meat or dairy options) in all public canteens weekly by the end of 2019. We expect to have at least 100 global cities make this or a greater commitment toward less and better meat and more plant-rich meals by 2020.