Plant-based school meals in Kent

Plant-based school meals in Kent

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Sevenoaks Green Party started this petition to kent county council

Introduction

We call on Kent County Council to set a requirement for all schools in Kent to offer a plant-based lunch option and milk everyday, which should be available without special request . This should help to free parents, carers and children from stigma and discrimination. 

Health benefits

  • Nutrient-rich diet
  • Reduced risk of cancer and other diseases
  • Improved mental health
  • Promotes a healthy body weight
  • Can help prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Improved skin

Cost benefits

Whilst processed, soy based meat replacements can be more expensive than meat itself, raw fruit and vegetables, beans, lentils, pulses, grains, pasta and rice are all examples of low cost vegan foods that form the basis of a healthy plant based diet.

Environmental benefits

Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent. As the UK strives to reach its carbon netrality goal, schools as well as other entities and individuals will have to review their carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it significantly.

Equality and Discrimination

Vegans have a protected characteristic for the application of the Equality Act 2010, as do individuals who live according to qualifying beliefs regarding the current climate emergency. In the provision of services, local authorities are under a statutory duty to consider the needs of all those who are protected under equality law, to eradicate discrimination by removing disadvantages, and foster good relations between those who a protected characteristic and those who do not. To meet the needs of vegans and all those who eat a plant-based diet for environmental reasons, and to avoid potential unlawful discrimination, it is imperative that good quality, nutritious plant-based food is made available to all schools.

Summary

By offering a plant-based meal every day and a dairy-free milk alternative, vegan pupils will be free to enjoy their lunch happily and non-vegan children will be given the opportunity to try healthier options and enhance their respect and tolerance for the differences between us all.

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