Helsinki eliminates meat and cow's milk from its official events

    Helsinki eliminates meat and cow's milk from its official events

    The Finnish capital chooses to eliminate meat and derivatives from the menus of public events starting next January

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    The Finnish capital chooses to eliminate meat and derivatives from the menus of public events starting next January. But there was no lack of criticism of this decision





    Starting next January, the Helsinki City Administration says goodbye to meat and dairy products on official event menus: in their place, fish from local and responsible fishing, seasonal fruit and vegetables with a short supply chain - in the name of sustainability and combating climate change; as regards food from distant countries, such as coffee or chocolate, fair trade products will be preferred. But not only that, disposable tableware will also be completely abolished on public occasions, as well as plastic bottles (drinks will be poured from jugs). In addition, diets and special dietary needs of participants in public events will be taken into greater consideration, e all will be obliged to make a binding reservation to minimize food waste.

    The city's industries and businesses host a wide variety of meetings, seminars, workshops and public events that include catering - it reads on the municipality's website. - The Helsinki objective is to ensure that environmental issues are taken into greater consideration in catering.

    This measure is part of the roadmap for the circular and distribution economy that the city council is following to reduce the climatic impact of food and pollution. Already a few years ago, in February 2019, the Helsinki City Council had ordered the halving of the use of dairy products and meat in the catering services provided by the city by 2025, to support the goal of reducing polluting emissions. of the city; the abolition of disposable tableware, which produces large quantities of waste, is also moving in this direction. In addition to protecting the environment, the city is also committed from an economic and social point of view: starting from 2013, in fact, it entered the fair trade circuit for the supply of sustainable and ethical food products from the point of view of human capital.



    A "green" turn, that of the Finnish capital, which nevertheless made someone turn up their noses: Juha Marttila, president of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), accuses the city government of green-washing in the light of the energy policy of the Finnish capital. 

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    Source: City of Helsinki

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