Ben Gibbons, Head Chef at St. Anne’s College, is encouraging you to join the  #SwitchUpYourLunch campaign today by eating a veggie or vegan lunch, with an online cooking demo on the Good Food Oxford Facebook page at noon. https://www.facebook.com/GoodFoodOxford/events

The #SwitchUpYourLunch veg pledge campaign asks you to “eat to beat climate change” today by eating a veggie or vegan lunch.

The campaign is supported by Good Food Oxford, Oxfordshire Greentech, Oxfordshire County Council, the Women in Sustainability Network and the Low Carbon Hub. 

Thousands of people will be joining the Switch Up Your Lunch campaign, whether key workers in their workplace, remote teams at home, or someone grabbing a takeaway.

Ben Gibbons says: “This is a great time of year for vegetables and we’re so lucky and spoilt for choice, which makes life in the kitchen so much easier. Eating healthily and sourcing sustainably, that’s what counts.”

Ben Gibbons

Good Food Oxford is then providing a different daily cooking demonstration all week.

Nina Osswald, Co-ordinator at Good Food Oxford, says: “If we all commit to eating a lot more veg and less but better meat and dairy we can really make a difference. We have several local producers of sustainable, grass-fed meat and organic dairy here in Oxfordshire and choosing better quality meat, less frequently, can lead to real carbon reductions. Furthermore, it  tastes delicious, can be  healthier and costs less.” 

This campaign helps address the need to reduce meat and dairy consumption for a sustainable future and reached an estimated 15,000 people last year – employees from businesses, community groups, universities, and local authorities, as well as staff, children, and teachers from schools. 

Steve Neal, Head of Audit at Shaw Gibbs, a participating organisation: “Shaw Gibbs have been working on a plan to gradually reduce our carbon footprint, considering how we respond to our environmental responsibilities. Switch Up Your Lunch means it is easy to involve everybody in our team to build awareness and involvement.”

To get involved and for more information go to goodfoodoxford.org/switchupyourlunch

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