Belgian city of Ghent becomes world’s first to go vegetarian

It’s great news for non-meat eaters and green campaigners alike – a city in Belgium is to become the first in the world to go vegetarian.

The city of Ghent has announced that it will hold weekly meatless days to recognise the impact of livestock on the environment.

According to the UN, livestock is responsible for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, so civil servants and elected councillors will now opt for vegetarian meals. As well reducing Ghent’s environmental footprint, it’s hoped the move will help tackle obesity.

Some 90,000 maps are being printed identifying the city’s vegetarian restaurants.And it seems all ages will be involved – schoolchildren in Ghent will enjoy their own ‘veggiedag’ in September.

Thanks to Simon Meadows and The Optimist for this story}

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