The citizens of Ghent, Belgium, are pledging to go veg every Thursday. And it began with a chef. Philippe van den Bulck, a gourmet vegetarian chef, served a veg meal to the City Council, thus adding the last bit of persuasion needed to encourage the council to vote in favor of Veggie Day.
To kick off the effort, which statistics show can have the same effect as taking half a million cars off the road, the city and EVA (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative) hosted a party. Food, recipes, lists of veg restaurants (of which Ghent has many) were handed out. Demonstrations were held.
Of course, the nay-sayers jumped in, commenting on this article with the usual inaccurate reasons this is such a bad idea. I, for one, plan to send information on this change to my own city council and to urge a similar action here. But first I’ll contact fellow veggies here to see if we might be able to make a coordinated effect. My city is small but is in the heart of farm country, so fresh produce is readily available. It is also a fairly forward-thinking city – the first in the U.S. to outlaw smoking not only in restaurants but in bars. Worth a shot, I say!
Photo from Council of European Municipalities and Regions