Germany's Environment Ministry Bans Meat at Official Functions
Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s environment minister, has banned meat in all official functions and called for only vegetarian food to be served. The ban became clear through an email “to department heads from a senior civil servant in the environment ministry,” according to The Telegraph. The e-mail noted that the ministry had a responsibility and should set an example to combat the “negative effects of meat consumption,” with a statement by the ministry reading:
“We’re not telling anyone what they should eat. But we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.”
Unsurprisingly, the ban has caused a lot of controversy. Minister of food and agriculture Christian Schmidt, who has previously stated that he will push for a ban on “misleading” vegan labels such as vegan curry sausages, stated that he will not be having this “Veggie Day through the back door,” and that “meat and fish are also part of a balanced diet.”
The ban only applies to official functions, and meat and fish will still be made available in the staff canteen for ministry officials.
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