Doctor urges council to only serve plant-based food at future events

Read Time:   |  24th August 2022

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The Lancaster City Council leader seemed to be on board with the idea, stating “we must put climate considerations at the heart of governance”


A doctor has urged a UK council to serve exclusively plant-based food at future events

Last week, Dr Charlotte Houltram told Lancaster City council to remove animal products in a bid to challenge climate change and the cost of living crisis.

The medic called for ‘seasonal supply chains to be developed with arable crop, fruit and vegetable growers and suppliers’.

‘Normalise plant-based eating’

According to the BBC, Dr Houltram said: “Lancaster prides itself on being one of the more forward-thinking districts in the UK, putting climate considerations at the heart of governance.

“However, this awareness needs to include every aspect of council activities, including food provision…

“This would help to normalise plant-based eating which, according to an Oxford University study, is the single, most-effective thing a person can do to reduce their environmental impact.”

The expert added that – amid the cost of living crisis – meat and dairy products are “always the most expensive part of a meal”, while whole food plant-based foods are “considerably cheaper”.

Council responds

Responding to the request, Leader of Lancaster City Council Caroline Jackson said: “The simple answer is yes because this is not a council that closes its mind. We are not unwilling to discuss and think about big issues.

“We will take this forward with residents, businesses and stakeholders because we have regular community conversations. This is an ideal community conversation.”

She concluded: “We must put climate considerations at the heart of governance.”

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