Only within the last day or so, all the primary schools within the Scottish capital have welcomed the Meat Free Mondays. Meat Free Mondays was launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, the idea around it was to work with the public and private entities to help constituents cut back on their meat consumption and discover the other vegan options that may be available.
Edinburgh will be the first city in Scotland to take on the campaign. All primary schools will eliminate meat from the menus, offering a more ethical, healthier and eco friendly option, the menu will consist of vegetable curry with steamed rice and Quorn dogs. This menu swap will occur on an ongoing basis.
Children, Education and Families Convener, Councillor Ian Perry, told Edinburgh News, “Encouraging healthy eating is extremely important so it’s fantastic that our primary pupils are being introduced to the benefits of eating less meat at a young age.” Perry continued, “By participating in Meat Free Monday schools are also raising awareness of the environmental impact of livestock production, as well as the poor standards in which some animals are farmed.”