Vegetarian Gent

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This is interesting news from Gent:

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week.


Starting this week there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councillors will opt for vegetarian meals.


Ghent means to recognise the impact of livestock on the environment.


The UN says livestock is responsible for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, hence Ghent's declaration of a weekly "veggie day".


Public officials and politicians will be the first to give up meat for a day.


Schoolchildren will follow suit with their own veggiedag in September.


It is hoped the move will cut Ghent's environmental footprint and help tackle obesity.


Around 90,000 so-called "veggie street maps" are now being printed to help people find the city's vegetarian eateries.

Adrian_Liston says:
I hadn't heard that.

That actually seems like a sensible promotion of vegetarians. Surely the vegie places in Leuven will have to get a boost out of that :)
Posted on: May 13, 2009
lamadude says:
And this hot on the heels of the election of a Leuven student as "Europe's sexiest vegetarian" ;)

I don't get it, she lives near Kortrijk and studies in Leuven and I have never seen her! How sad, maybe I just don't know where the cool spots are for vegetarians to hang out in Leuven ;)
Posted on: May 13, 2009
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