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silly!  Controversy over meat dishes at COP26

silly! Controversy over meat dishes at COP26

There was some controversy during the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow due to the food being served there. The menu includes, among others, a beef burger, chicken or fish salad and chips. This was criticized, for example, by Animal Rebellion, which compared the presentation of meat at a climate conference to that of cigarettes at a conference on lung cancer.

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Low Carbon List at COP26 in Glasgow

SEC Food, which deals with catering at the Scottish Event Campus, where the conference is being held, announced before the conference that the menu would be low-carbon, thanks to the fact that most of the ingredients are local. More precisely, 80 percent. COP26 food comes from Scotland, most of it is located 150 km from Glasgow, another 15%. From the rest of the UK.

In addition, the products come from suppliers who raise animals and grow plants in a sustainable way, that is, they do not use synthetic fertilizers, and they use energy from wind turbines to supply cold stores. Innovation is the menu display – beside prices – of the carbon footprint of individual products, i.e. the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide created during the production of a particular dish.

SEC Food also confirms that 40 percent. The menu on display is based on plant products and, in the case of animal products, emissions have been significantly reduced since they come from local suppliers and are prepared in a sustainable way. According to the data presented, 65 percent. Dishes available in the low emission class (0.1-0.5 kg CO2e), 24 percent. In the medium emission category (0.6-1.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent), only 11 percent. These are high emitting foods (more than 1.6 kg of CO2 equivalent).

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Criticism of Animal Rebellion

But the fact that the menu includes items such as a Scottish beef burger, fish and chips, chicken salad or smoked Scottish salmon is not to everyone’s liking. This was criticized, for example, by Animal Rebellion, which compared the presentation of meat, fish and dairy products at a climate conference to that of cigarettes at a conference on lung cancer.

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