More than 170,000 children in Brazil will get nutritious, sustainable school lunches that are packed with plant-based foods.
A new agreement between Conscious Eating Brazil, the Humane Society International, and Salvador’s city hall will see more than 10 million sustainable meals delivered to kids each year in the Brazilian municipality of Salvador.
The foods were created with the requirements, preferences, and culinary culture of the kids in mind. Plant-based components such as vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits will be used.
The revised meals will be provided at no additional cost to the participating schools. The participating groups said they’ll make sure the educational institutions engaged have the resources and materials they need. In addition, they will give a staff of dietitians, chefs, and menu creation experts. Plant-based food preparation training will also be provided to participating universities.
The new plant-based meal program will assist to reduce CO2 emissions by 75,000 tons. In addition, 400 million liters of water will be saved, as well as 16,000 hectares of forest.
The new program, though, is about more than simply sustainability; it’s also about providing more pupils with healthier lunch alternatives.
“The idea is to instill and create long-term changes in students’ eating habits… Today in Brazil we know that children, mainly from the poorest strata of the population, which is the target public of the municipal school system, do not consume the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables, and protein sources are concentrated on products of animal origin,” said Marcelo Oliveira, the Salvador Municipal Secretary of Education, in a statement.
“So our proposal is that we can encourage our children to form a healthier palate for the rest of their lives,” they added.
Source: “Brazil To Serve 10 Million Plant-Based Meals To Students Every Year” by Plant Based News
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