20 Daycares in Helsinki Could Go Vegan for a Year-Long Trial!
According to YLE, this past Monday Helsinki’s City Board approved a year-long vegan food trial in 20 of the city’s daycare centers.
While daycares currently provide vegetarian meals, the decision to try completely plant-based options comes after a study found that there were 27 vegan families who had children enrolled in the daycares, who supplied the food themselves. The study also noted that daycare service providers estimated that around 125 families would choose vegan meals over other options if they were made available.
The year-long trial is meant to determine the costs of vegan meals in daycare centers, to see if it is a long-term possibility. Current estimates by officials believe that the daily cost of vegan meals (breakfast, lunch, and a snack) would be 4.40 euros more than the cost of the current meals provided.
Although the pilot was approved with a slight majority led by the Greens and Left Alliance, the decision must still be approved by the larger City Council. While Laura Räty, Deputy Mayor of the National Coalition Party, expressed skepticism of the trial and estimated that the potential change could cost taxpayers 123,000 euros more annually, hopefully the trial itself will prove otherwise.
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