Poll: most Finns against banning milk and meat from menus

Would you be in favour of banning dairy produce and meat from school lunches - and going vegetarian - in the name of battling climate change?

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File picture of Finnish autumn squashes and pumpkins / Credit: News Now Finland

Most people in Finland are opposed to banning milk and meat from menus at schools, elderly care homes or local government facilities in the name of battling climate change.

There’s been a movement in recent months to try and change the menu’s of public-supported food with mixed success.

Helsinki City Council voted to cut meat and dairy consumption by 50% in the next six years.

A local politician in the capital also suggested banning children from drinking milk during their school lunches, ostensibly to cut down on dairy emissions.

And a Helsinki University cafe has decided to stop serving beef on the menu – while municipalities around the country are offering more local, vegetarian and vegan choices for school lunch.

But the new poll carried out for Rural Future newspaper shows that public sentiment isn’t quite there yet.

A clear majority of people in Finland across all age ranges and locations oppose banning meat and milk from school lunches and kindergarten meals.

There are, however, some variations around the country.

In the capital city region just over half oppose cutting milk and meat, while that number climbs to more than 70% in rural areas – and the idea particularly rejected in eastern and northern Finland.

Young people were more willing than older people to cut milk and meat, while middle-aged people were the most resistant to change.

The survey was conducted this month Kantar TNS Agri . There were 1,100 respondents.

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