Across Paris, districts are working to implement the Sustainable Food Plan of the Paris Council is part of the larger Paris Climate Plan to reduce GHG emissions by 75% in 2050 (compared to 2004 levels). The plan commits to increase the share of food that is “sustainable” (that is local and/or organic) working to source 50% by 2020.
But more important, this plan is very specific on the commitment to reduce meat consumption by 20% by 2020. Other relevant commitments include zero GMOs, 100% cage-free eggs, no deep water fishing, zero palm oil. If fully implemented, this more initiative will affect 30 million meals served in approximately 1200 municipal canteens per year.
But here’s the challenge: So far, the implementation in the districts varies quite widely because there´s a lack of central enforcement. For example, the 19th district of Paris will serve two veggie meals every week in its school public canteens by May 2019, but the 5th district of Paris is serving one alternative veggie meal to children every week in its public schools.
Greenpeace applauds such a bold initiative by the Paris Council but we will work to keep up the pressure so that every district fully implements the plan so we can transform the meat industry and abandon destructive industrial practices that harm our health and the planets.
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.