School dinner campaign puts environmentally intensive foods in detention

The ‘School Plates’ scheme aims to help schools shift away from meat-based meals to embrace greener alternatives

A new campaign has been launched to make school lunches healthier, cheaper and less environmentally intensive.

The ‘School Plates’ scheme from food awareness organisation ProVeg UK aims to work with schools, local authorities and catering companies to increase intake of plant-based foods, which generally produce lower greenhouse gas emissions than meat.

The organisation behind the initiative is offering schools the services of a nutritionist to ensure meals are balanced and healthy, as well as a scientist who can measure the emissions savings generated.

Director of ProVeg UK, Jimmy Pierson, said: “Plant-based foods are mostly cheaper and that is great news for schools whose budgets are tightening.

“They’re healthy and good for pupils in both the short and long-term as well as helping the environment and therefore protecting the future for everyone. We call this a win-win-win-win.”

Ecotricity has launched what it claims is the world’s first “vegan electricity” tariff in the UK.

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