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Amsterdam Pioneers as First EU Capital to Endorse Plant Based Treaty

Amsterdam endorses the Plant Based Treaty, becoming the first EU capital to do so, and takes significant steps towards becoming a vegan capital as part of its Food Strategy 2024-2026.

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Amsterdam Pioneers as First EU Capital to Endorse Plant Based Treaty

Amsterdam Pioneers as First EU Capital to Endorse Plant Based Treaty

In an unprecedented move, Amsterdam has carved itself a distinct place in the annals of environmental stewardship. The city has made history as the first European Union capital to endorse the global Plant Based Treaty. The endorsement is not just symbolic, but a clear commitment from the city to tackle climate change through systemic changes in food systems.

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Amsterdam's Journey to Becoming a Vegan Capital

Amsterdam is not merely endorsing the treaty; it is actively taking steps towards becoming a vegan capital. The city has adopted a visionary Food Strategy 2024-2026, outlining strategies to transform its food systems. Among these strategies are offering entirely plant-based meal options in publicly funded institutions and instituting 'Vegan Friday' in public catering services. Ambitiously, the city aims to shift the city's diet to 60% plant-based by 2030.

The Plant Based Treaty: A Companion to the Paris Agreement

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The Plant Based Treaty, launched in 2021, is designed as a companion to the Paris Agreement. The treaty focuses on addressing the significant environmental degradation caused by animal agriculture and promoting plant-based diets. Amsterdam's endorsement makes it the 25th city to back the treaty, a testament to the growing recognition of the crucial role food systems play in climate change.

Implications of the Treaty: From Climate Change to Health Benefits

Campaign coordinators Lisette Weustenenk and Lea Goodett have shed light on the treaty's implications. They emphasize the need to address food systems in combating climate change and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Citing the American Dietetic Association's stance, they assert that plant-based diets are not only nutritionally adequate but can also play a significant role in preventing certain diseases.

The city council of Amsterdam has voiced a similar sentiment, stating that a shift to plant-based foods is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and ocean depletion. The treaty further calls on businesses and institutions to make plant-based options more accessible, underscoring the need for collective action in this environmental endeavor.

Campaign coordinators are urging other cities to follow Amsterdam's lead and endorse the treaty. Doing so would not only contribute to the global fight against climate change but also improve health and food security. In the broader picture, it's not just about endorsing a treaty; it's about adopting a sustainable lifestyle for a healthier planet and a healthier humanity.

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