On 3rd June 2024, members of the Calderdale Council cabinet, a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, England, unanimously voted to recommend to the Council the adoption of a plant-based catering policy as a first step towards a larger Food Strategy Policy for the borough. It remains to be seen if the Council will adopt this measure, but the recommendation makes it likely. 

This policy was proposed by Councillor Scott Patient, Deputy Leader of the Council, recommending that in future, all catered internal council events should serve only plant-based food, and also promote plant-based diets as part of the planned local Food Strategy.  Cllr. The patient said, “As a cabinet, we really do believe we should be leading by example.

The Plant-Based Councils campaign has been lobbying many local authorities in the UK to adopt plant-based policies for the sake of animals, humans, and the environment, promoting healthy plant-based eating as the logical and necessary next step after having declared a climate emergency. Plant-based Councils is an Animal Rising campaign that calls on UK councils to take climate action by promoting plant-based eating to their residents and to lead by example with 100% plant-based internal catering. 

If approved, Calderdale Council would be the first council in Yorkshire to implement such a policy, with similar motions being passed in Oxfordshire, Cambridge, and others. In December 2022, Exeter City Council unanimously supported a motion asking the local executive government to transition to plant-based catering at all internal Council-catered meetings and events the Council runs. Cllr. Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Climate Change, proposed the motion. On 14th December 2021, the Oxfordshire County Council approved a motion presented by Green Party Councillor Ian Middleton to ensure the food at all future Council meetings is “entirely plant-based”. Mr Middleton also asked to see plant-based menus available for school dinners and help young people make informed decisions on food choices and their impact on the environment, health and animal welfare.

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’.