Schools in France will provide at least one meat-free meal a week


From 1st November, French schools will be required by law to serve up at least one completely meatless lunch per week.


The news comes after an agricultural and food law that was originally passed in 2018 – after a long wait, the agricultural law, known as the loi Egalim, is finally coming into effect this term. It states that all schools must offer each week that contains no meat or fish.


Greenpeace spokesman Laure Ducos said to The Local: “There has been very little information circulated from the Ministry and there has been no decree.


“There are therefore some cities that believe that it is not mandatory because there has not been a decree, but that is not true: the law has passed and it is therefore important to recall these obligations.”


Support from Greenpeace


Greenpeace has joined the French Vegetarian Association and the parents’ association Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Elèves (FCPE).


Rodrigo Arenas, president of FCPE, continued: “It is also the school’s role to teach students to eat less meat for their health.”


On top of this, by 2022, French school meals must also include at least 50 per cent of products from sustainable sources, and 20 per cent of products to be certified organic.


Greenpeace have offered ongoing support and information to any local authorities and institutions that might need it.


The environmental charity are also one of a multitude of organisations who are requesting that schools take the law further, and provide meat-free meals more than the once-a-week minimum.


As the world moves into an environmental crisis, switching to solely vegan meals will not only be important for children’s health and for the safety and liberation of animals, but it will be imperative for the future of our planet.



‘What the planet needs’


Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has recently been promoting a shift towards more meat-free eating – with the release of his new book, Meat-Free Meals, along with his upcoming vegetarian cooking show.


Previously this year, in an interview with The Herald Scotland, he said that it would ‘brilliant’ if schools went vegetarian.


He added: “Generally, what a child and what a family needs is the same as what the planet needs – more veg, more nuts, more seeds, more legumes.


If I had a magic wand, I’d love to go to David Attenborough and say, ‘Can we do a show called ‘My Health, My Planet?’ Because I think that’s the conversation now.”


We hope that from this move, more children and adults will be introduced to veganism.


We need more people to make the connection between the food they eat and animals, and take more of an interest and responsibility in looking after the planet.




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