Less meat on the menu at G7 summit in Germany

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Mario Draghi, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz, Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida and Boris Johnson, G7 leaders summit, Germany, June 26, 2022, credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Pool

The catering at the G7 summit in Germany this weekend was vegan and vegetarian, with fish and meat only added when asked for. The German government finds sustainability important, and that means less meat.

“The focus will be on seasonal and creative vegan and vegetarian foods,” the German government said. “Meat and fish are deliberately considered only as ‘add-ons’.”

Leaders of the G7 countries -Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States- met on Sunday in Bavaria. On Saturday, 1500 people demonstrated with signs and banners criticizing the government’s inaction on climate protection.

“The head of states of the G7 countries are the world’s biggest contributors to the climate crisis but don’t do enough to fulfil their responsibility to avert the looming climate catastrophe,” Charlotte Becker, campaign manager at Oxfam, a charity fighting poverty, said.

“We, therefore, demand that G7 will pledge more support for climate protection, to stop the use of coal until 2030 and to support financially weaker countries with climate protection,” she added.

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