Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has become the first EU capital to endorse the Plant Based Treaty calling for moving away from animal agriculture to address the climate emergency. The treaty is now backed by 25 municipal governments worldwide, including Edinburgh and Los Angeles.

As well as the call for a Plant Based Treaty, a motion tabled by the Party for the Animals, which aims to make Amsterdam a “Plant Based Capital”, was adopted. 

The City of Amsterdam Council said, “The way we produce, distribute, process, and consume food has a significant impact on the health of people and animals and contributes to the climate crisis. With its Food Strategy, the municipality of Amsterdam takes responsibility to drive changes in the food system, ensuring that all residents of Amsterdam have access to healthy, fair, sustainable, and affordable food and drinks. One effort to achieve this is the shift towards more plant-based food. The consumption of more plant-based proteins is better for our health. It can lead to fewer conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and colorectal cancer. It is also better for our climate impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing land use and depletion of oceans. Moreover, less industrial livestock farming is better for animal welfare. The ambition is to shift the protein ratio in the city’s diet from 40 to 60% plant-based by 2030. By signing the Plant Based Treaty, the municipality of Amsterdam supports the global call to cities, organizations, businesses, and residents to contribute to combating the climate crisis by changing dietary patterns. The efforts of its own implementation agenda are pivotal in this regard.”

Elsewhere, following the capital of Scotland’s endorsement of the Plant-Based Treaty last year, in January 2024 Edinburgh Council took another step away from animal agriculture as councillors passed a city-wide Plant-Based Treaty action plan. 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.