The meat-centric country’s presidential cabinet feasts on plant-based foods at least once a week to reduce the environmental impact of animal agriculture.
Last week, Argentina’s Casa Rosada (the equivalent of the White House in the United States) announced its commitment to strictly serving vegan food on Mondays. The 554 employees of the Casa Rosada, including President Mauricio Macri, decided to exclude animal products from their diets one day per week to benefit the environment and for the purpose of starting a conversation about the health issues surrounding the high meat-diets of Argentine citizens. “The only thing that will defend us from an unhealthy diet will be behavioral changes in the way we eat,” Argentina’s Secretary General Fernando de Andreis explained. “The purpose is to trigger a conversation about our food, our health, and begin to change our diet.” Politicians worldwide— including former US President Barack Obama, who linked meat consumption with increased greenhouse gas emissions during his speech at the Seed & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit this May—are recognizing the devastating effects of animal agriculture.