On the World Meat Free Day 2018 Greenpeace offices around the world were calling on cities to reduce global meat and dairy consumption by introducing two plant-based meals a week in public institutions by 2020.
Greenpeace’s flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, happened to be on a Phuket stopover on this day, where Swedish-Thai Miss Universe Thailand titleholder, model and singer Maria Lynn Ehren (also known as Maria Poonlertlarp) joined forces with the Phuket-based renowned chef Daniel Isberg.
The event with Greenpeace intended to promote that people consume less meat and to first and foremost give priority to eating more vegetables and fruit, said Daniel Isberg.
“I cooked a vegan/vegetarian menu with sustainably grown fruit and vegetables (grown without pesticides and non-GMO), without milk products which turned out to immensely popular among our invited guests.”
“Maria Ehren as host held a speech about the feel-good-factor from eating vegetarian food and how healthy it is for the body and formed a splendid duo together with me based on our Swedish roots and our love for healthy and well-tasting food and by showing all guests how tasty it can be with vegetables and fruit!”
Daniel’s menu consisted in Pulled jackfruit sliders with Asian slaw/barbeque sauce; Sweet corn tapenade on herb/garlic crostini, Home-made fresh corn nachos with guacamole, fire-roasted tomato salsa & pickled jalapeños, Wild mushroom risotto, and Chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Other than the Swedes, chef Pom, Hettie Greenen, the Captain of the Rainbow Warrior, and Willie Ferrer, the chef of the Rainbow Warrior were judges of a cooking contest that was held at the Phuket deep sea port. Other highlights during the event included the forum “VEG Talk: Less Meat, More Veggies.” The talk featured experts in food who discussed how the world’s current food systems need to be improved.
Greenpeace is encouraging the public to tackle unhealthy food systems and to fight for a better future through our food choices, one bite at a time.
According to a recent report from Greenpeace International, global meat and dairy production and consumption must be halved by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The livestock industry releases as much greenhouse gases as all cars, trucks, planes and ships put together, globally. If left unchecked, climate harming emissions from the livestock industry could undermine the success of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Changing our meat-intensive diets to more plant-based alternatives also provides many benefits to our health. Excessive consumption of red meat has been linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Plant-based diets, on the other hand, can reduce the risk of those diseases.
“Eating less meat and more vegetables has a positive impact both on our health and on the future of our planet,” said Watcharapol Daengsubha, Food and Ecological Agriculture Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “One of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions is from industrial meat production. In Thailand, Greenpeace is calling for the institution of a robust national sustainable food policy that promotes nutrition and is beneficial to the environment as well.”
The World Meat Free Day event was part of the “100% Renewable Energy for All” tour of the Rainbow Warrior in Thailand. Greenpeace is working in solidarity with communities and with concerned citizens to celebrate people power and to call on policymakers to phase out coal and to champion solutions through an inclusive and sustainable economic development model based on just, affordable, and sustainable renewable energy systems.