Portugal - Less Meat More Life - Greenpeace - Less Meat More Life - Greenpeace

In March of 2017, Portugal passed a landmark new law, requiring that all publicly-funded institutions that serve food must offer a vegan option for every meal! This includes schools, elder care facilities, universities, and hospitals.

The new policy has been in practice for less than a year, so the impacts are still being measured. But initial reaction to the policy has been positive. The proposal gained support because people appreciated the freedom to choose what kind of meal they wanted.

What’s next?

This policy is sure to go a long way in helping people feel more comfortable with plant-based meals. The next step is to implement vegetarian days in public canteens.

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 20 cities commit to serving two vegetarian meals (no meat or dairy options) in all public canteens weekly by the end of 2018. We expect to have at least 100 global cities make this or a greater commitment toward less and better meat and more plant-based meals by 2020.

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Are you ready to pressure cities, schools, universities and other public institutions to get serious about meat reduction? Sign up below to get a toolkit that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to get started in your local community.

If you sign up for the toolkit now, you’ll also get free veggie tips and recipes. And, if your city or institution is already embracing more plant-based meals, we’ll give you access to our nomination form so we can add them to our world map of leading cities.

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