Berkeley commits to providing only vegan meals to slash animal product consumption

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  30th July 2021

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Berkeley City Council is preparing to cut animal product consumption in the city by 50% by providing only vegan meals for the public


Berkeley has become the first US city to commit to becoming more vegan.

Berkeley City Council passed its resolution to slash animal product consumption by 50% by 2024 by providing its public sector with vegan meals.

The city hopes its latest plans will help phase out animal products completely and replace them with plant-based meals.

Moreover, the resolution plans put forward by the council is aimed at combatting climate change.

Berkeley council’s vegan meals

Berkeley’s inspiring resolution to protect animals and fight against climate change was authored by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín and Councilmember Sophie Hahn.

The city will now provide only vegan meals at summer camps, retirement homes, jails, and the city’s council buildings.

The resolution highlighted that Berkeley had led the way in addressing climate change and implementing numerous measures to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, the resolution said: “It is clear that the world cannot meet global GHG reduction targets without significantly curbing consumption of animal products.

“High-meat-eating nations like the United States, which consumes 2.6 times more meat than the global per capita average, must help shoulder this responsibility.”

Furthermore, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín shared: “This is a very important step for the city to take as part of our broader climate efforts,

“As well as building on our long tradition promoting the humane treatment of animals here in the city of Berkeley.”


Berkeley’s vegan revolution

Berkeley has played a significant role in the animal welfare and climate change movement.

The city has introduced popular schemes such as Vegan Monday’s where they encourage its residents to eat plant-based for the day.

In addition, the city has invested in effective recycling programmes, renewable energy sources and much more!

In 2017, Berkeley became the second city to ban fur sales, with its aim to promote community awareness of animal welfare.

This remarkable ban ignited a wave of states and countries to follow suit and implement a fur ban.

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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