Less meat on the menu at the G7 summit in Germany

By on June 26, 2022 0

Leaders gathered for a G7 summit in southern Germany this weekend would normally have every reason to expect sumptuous Bavarian specialties like Schweinshaxea succulent pork knuckle dripping with grease, and a host of other meat dishes.

But not this time. Sustainability is the watchword this year not only for this summit, but for all the international meetings that Germany hosts. And what’s good for the environment is less so for lovers of traditional German meat cuisine. “There is less meat on the menu at all G7 meetings,” sighed a minister at the start of the year. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists.”

Alliance 90/The Greens, often referred to as the Greens, is the second largest party in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-party coalition, and all party ministers are keen to put an environmental footprint on their policies.

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In the case of the portfolio of Greens Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, this also extends to international summits. Many agronomists argue that eating meat is a luxury that humanity will be less able to afford. Total greenhouse gas emissions from raising and eating beef can be up to 200 times greater than those from tree nuts or root vegetables.

Berlin will only make the leaders’ menus available to the public after eating, but the intent is already clear in catering for the thousands of staff and journalists attending the Alpine rally.

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

Leaders in Germany, the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan will no doubt have more important concerns than cooking. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also in Germany for the summit

As Russian gas supplies dwindle amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Economy Minister Robert Habeck, a Green, has been forced to grant a reprieve to coal-fired power plants German pollutants.

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