Event to discuss vegan public sector catering

Caterers have been invited to an online event which will consider vegetarianism and veganism in public sector food.

Public sector caterers have been invited to explore the challenges and opportunities of improving plant-based menus in an online event.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism will host the event on 13th July.

In comes as we all become more aware of the sustainability of our choices and how they impact the planet. Last year, the National Food Strategy, an independent review which looked into English food policy, recommended that people should cut meat consumption by 30% by 2050.

In that, the role of public sector catering as an important policy lever to enable wider change was highlighted, but moves to increase plant-based provision and procurement were not included in the government's strategy, which was published in June. A consultation, though, into public sector catering policy was announced.

At the event on 13th July, the group will ask what legislative changes are needed to underpin more plant-based options, what challenges caterers are faced with when introducing plant-based menus and how those decisions tie in with considerations such as nutrition and sustainability.

​Public sector employees are invited to attend the event and ask questions to our panel of speakers, including Anna Taylor, chief executive of The Food Foundation, Phil Rees-Jones, chair of TUCO, and representatives from Oxfordshire County Council, which passed an ambitious motion to provide plant-based meals during council-catered events and improving plant-based catering in their schools.

The group is a cross-party collection of MPs, sponsored by The Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life, which works to improve the quality of life for older vegetarians and vegans, including those in care.

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