French ban on “meaty” names sabotages efforts to tackle climate change

5 July 2022

The French decree banning “meaty” names for plant-based foods will only serve to further encourage the animal agriculture industry at a time when the consumption of meat needs to be reduced, food awareness organisation ProVeg International said today.

Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from animal agriculture are twice those from plant-based diets, so policies need to be pushed that encourage plant-based nutrition.

“When those responsible for one fifth of all GHGs globally are allowed by governments to increase their share of emissions, pollution, land, water and animal use, by actively making it harder for consumers to make informed and lower-carbon choices, we need to ask our politicians some tough questions. The fossil fuel industry needs to be reformed, and so does the meat, dairy, egg and seafood industries,” Jasmijn de Boo, Vice President of ProVeg International, said.

A shift towards plant-based diets to bring down CO2 and methane emissions is vitally important for meeting the climate targets set out by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

“The French decree banning plant-based foods from using words like “meat” and “sausage” protects and promotes animal-based diets. But the latest IPCC report makes it clear that a shift to plant-based diets will help tackle the climate crisis,” de Boo said.


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About ProVeg International

ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives.
ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.
ProVeg has permanent-observer status with the UNFCCC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award.