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Nottingham Lib Dems call for “Meat Free Monday” in city schools and council buildings

November 8, 2017 10:59 AM

Nottingham Lib Dems call for "Meat Free Monday" in city schools and council buildings

Nottingham's Liberal Democrats have backed Meat Free Monday to help tackle climate change and promote access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food.

The motion, passed at this week's Nottingham Lib Dem City Conference, calls for all city schools and city council-run canteens to have a meat-free day.

Christina Morgan-Danvers, exec member of the city party said: "It is really important the council leads by example. This isn't about telling people how they should eat as it is about making sure everyone continues to have enough to eat. The world population is growing fast and growing crops is more efficient than producing meat. When you add in the environmental impact meat production has, it seems perfectly reasonable to have one day without meat in city council run premises and city schools

"Doing this will help promote environmental concerns and the importance of thinking about what we eat. I would love to see Nottingham lead the way on this. Having a healthy planet matters."

Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the government, Sir John Beddington, has described the rising population combined with increased demand for food, water and energy as a "perfect storm" and the conference motion seeks to lessen the impact.

Christina Morgan-Danvers