It has been reported that the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris will be the first where more than 60% of food offered has been described as plant-based. This will be to attempt to reduce the Game’s carbon footprint but also to accommodate many of the vegan athletes who will compete, and vegan spectators who will attend. To achieve this, 33% of the food in the Athletes’ Village restaurant will be plant-based, along with 60% of the snacking offer for the general public and 50% of the food for the workforce. Olympic Village eateries will offer vegan options, including quinoa salads and falafels. The organisers are aiming to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the event by 50%.

Vincent Gillot, who devised the food offerings, said, “It’s vegan, so good for everything related to a balanced diet and for health too. It’s lighter for everything related to sport. It can fit into the diet of athletes.”  In total, some 13 million meals will be served during the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet has urged spectators to use public transport instead of taxis to curb emissions, but he should have asked them to consume plant-based food as animal agriculture contributes much more to our current climate crisis than does transport. However, France is not one of the most vegan-friendly countries in Europe, so such a progressive statement would be uncharacteristic for a French public figure. Things in Paris may be different in comparison with France as a whole, though. According to the vegetarian app HappyCow, its overall number of listings for Paris has grown to 1,000, compared with 894 in 2022, and the number of fully vegan restaurants in the city has increased from 88 to 92 (compared with 160 in London, often considered the vegan capital of the continent).

“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’.