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UK primary school only providing veggie lunches to stop climate change

A UK primary school has said it will only be providing “meat free” lunches to combat climate change, urging parents to give their children veggie packed lunches going forward.

The announcement was made in Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire last Thursday, though the policy has reportedly been in place for over a year.

In a letter to parents last week, headteacher Rachel Tomlinson said that she had made the decision to only offer vegetarian lunches in an effort to “stop climate change.” She added that the carbon footprint of meat and dairy production came at a “huge environmental cost.”

“If you still want to send packed lunches, could you please consider meat-free options to further support us in doing our bit to reduce carbon emissions as a school community?”

When asked for comment from The Sun, Tomlinson reportedly said: “We made our school lunches meat free over a year ago, and while we have not received any complaints from parents, I’m happy to discuss it with anyone who has any queries.

“Our children learn about the principles of sustainable development as part of the national curriculum, and are really interested in how they can contribute to better looking after our environment.

“We made our school lunches meat free to demonstrate how each of us making a small change to our daily habits can have a much wider positive impact, and that reducing meat consumption is just one way to do this.

“We have been careful to approach this in a balanced way, and teach that it is fine to eat meat, but that reducing our consumption can help our planet.”

 

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