Malmo, Sweden - Less Meat More Veg - Greenpeace - Less Meat More Veg - Greenpeace

Malmo, Sweden is a real trailblazer when it comes to offering its 38,000 schoolchildren delicious, plant-based school meals. Each week, there is one day when all meal options are vegetarian – and on the the other days, there’s always a vegetarian option. Malmo has some big goals: it wants to reduce its food-related greenhouse gas emissions 40%, and have 100% organic ingredients in public canteens, both by the year 2020.

To achieve this, the city has engaged in a comprehensive education program with school restaurant staff, covering nutritional and environmental benefits, plant-based menu planning, and – this is important! – how to cook food that is both healthy and delicious.

What’s next?

Malmo could really ramp up its efforts – and get closer to its ambitious goals – by having one more dedicated vegetarian day per week in its schools. Its children will be healthier and they’ll be one step closer to a greener city.

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.

take action

In October 2019, city mayors affiliated with C40 and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact convened to discuss future policies to address the climate crisis.

More than 200 scientists banded together, urging mayors to adopt ambitious food policies to reduce meat for the climate. 14 mayors signed a commitment to become ‘Good Food Cities’, considerably reducing meat served in their public institutions.

Dozens of cities are taking action. It’s a great start but not nearly enough. Add your name below to receive a Cities Toolkit that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to move your city or school toward Less Meat More Veg.

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