Edinburgh Becomes First European Capital to Endorse Plant Based Treaty

Edinburgh City Council has endorsed the Plant Based Treaty, which calls for a shift towards plant-based diets in order to reduce consumption-based emissions and help tackle climate change. The treaty’s demands include transitioning to plant-based meal plans in all government institutions and introducing a “meat tax,” among other initiatives. Scottish Green councillor Steve Burgess, who introduced the treaty to the council last March, said: "By declaring our endorsement, we are acknowledging that food systems are a main driver of the climate emergency and that a shift towards plant-based diets can go a huge way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”