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Green Tigers Go Vegetarian!
At our Climate Conference last term students from across the Dulwich network came together and agreed 8 commitments to reduce our impact on the environment and improve sustainability. Two of these commitments related to our food:
Commitment 3: Reduce our food waste.
Commitment 4: Eat more sustainably by eating more vegetarian dishes, less red meat, organic food and growing our own.
Since then we have had two red meat free days in our school restaurants with another planned for later this month. We are also monitoring our food waste everyday so we can put plans in place to reduce it. However, our students still wanted to do more.
Last term our Junior School students found out some interesting facts about the impact on the environment of eating meat, red meat in particular. Land used to raise animals rather than crops means precious water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to clear the land and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers. It has a devastating effect on all aspects of our environment and is listed as the second biggest environmental hazard facing the Earth by the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Number one is fossil-fuelled vehicles.) It is reported that 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. Did you know?
- It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.
- Producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles
- A typical pig factory generates the same amount of raw waste as a town of 12,000 people.
- The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people – more than the total population on Earth.
The Junior School Eco Council were very enthusiastic about helping to encourage the whole school community to eat less meat but they felt that meant there had to be some delicious vegetarian alternatives.
Our Green Tigers came up with 5 healthy vegetarian recipes, which they thought we would all enjoy, but they needed testing. The dishes they chose were Spanish Omelette, Korean Glass Noodles, Cheesy Vegetarian Burgers, Skinny Carrot Fries and Stuffed Jacket Potatoes. Chartwells, our caterers, put together a cooking class for our Eco Councillors with their regional Chef and Nutritionist, so they could make the recipes for themselves and of course get to try them at the end.
The food was delicious and the result is that we will see these healthy vegetarian options, tried and tested by our students, available in our restaurants very soon.
Celeste, one of the students who was involved said, “It was a really fun day and something which we could do all together. We had loads of time to cook and eat and I can’t wait to eat them for lunch! I hope it will be on the menu because what we did was actually really tasty and good for the environment. Don’t eat too much meat!”
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