Belfast councillor tells us why the council should move to plant-based catering

Belfast City Council made history when it became the first city on the island of Ireland to endorse the international plant based treaty. But now councillors will take the landmark step even further by adopting a plant-based approach to all of its catering.

Councillor Anthony Flynn brought a motion to the Strategic policy and Resources Committee meeting on May 24 urging his peers to sign up to the Plant Based Councils initiative.

The motion, which was passed by the committee, states that council “Agrees to engage with the Plant Based Councils initiative and to commit to fully plant-based procurement where food is served throughout the council estate, prioritising seasonal local produce to support local farmers.

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“And ensure that there are plant-based food options available at all City Council run events, as well as prioritising plant-based menu options in council run facilities.”

Cllr Anthony Flynn believes the move will reduce catering costs as well as ensuring everyone in the city is catered for at council as plant based foods can be eaten by people from all backgrounds and religions.

He says it will help provide people with more healthy options and make a positive impact on the environment, as repeated reports have outlined how meat production harms the environment.

Mr Flynn told us: “The motion was passed as written. A report will be drawn up detailing options for councillors to decide whether to continue going plant based.”

Belfast City Council ’s hospitality is provided through a number of catering contracts, with a report to the committee saying “they may not currently provide for plant-based catering”. Details about any financial impacts will be reported at a subsequent meeting.

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