One way to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane gas that affect the climate is to reduce meat consumption. This was also the basis for a proposal submitted by Alexander Pereswetoff-Morath, environmental representative at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German (Slabafinety), to the department board in May. The decision made by the board was that the department, as of this autumn, will serve vegetarian food as the preferred option at meetings and conventions, with the possibility to request non-vegetarian food.

Tora Hedin, head of department, says that the issue has been discussed for a long time.
“We have several vegans among our staff, as well as a number of vegetarians and pescatarians* (myself included), and over the years we have had fully vegan lunches and other options. Discussions of environmental impact and dietary choices are not uncommon at our department. Maybe we have reached a critical mass in terms of the number of people requesting vegetarian food.”

Vegetarian food in several places

The Department of Economic History and International Relations also has such a policy, which has been in effect for 1.5 years. The initiative came from the environmental representative Markus Lundström, who wrote it into the department’s environmental policy, and a decision was made by the department board. All conferences and other events at the department are now vegetarian, but those who want/need meat for special reasons have the right to request it.

The Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) has a recommendation, established in the environmental action plan for 2018, concerning vegetarian food when they organise workshops, internal meetings, retreats, etc. The Stockholm Resilience Centre also recommends vegetarian food as the first choice at events.

*A pescatarian eats fish and shellfish in addition to a vegetarian diet.