Oatly, Alpro (Danone), DUG (Veg of Lund), Planti, Oddlygood, and Sproud, under the umbrella of Plant-based Sweden (Växtbaserat Sverige), have sent a letter to the Swedish government urging it to advocate for the inclusion of plant-based milk in the upcoming review of the EU School Scheme.
Currently, the EU School Scheme aids over 20 million European children by providing them with milk, fruit, and vegetables. However, it does not encompass milk alternatives, even though numerous children are unable or unwilling to consume dairy due to medical, ethical, taste, or environmental concerns.
Last year, ProVeg and The Vegan Society received tens of thousands of signatures calling the EU to add plant-based milk to the scheme. The Green REV Institute also issued an open letter calling for plant milk in schools, arguing that the system provides €100 million for animal milk, contradicting the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy.
However, sadly but maybe unsurprisingly, Members of the European Parliament failed to support a shift in school meal funding and voted against the inclusion of plant-based drinks in schools last May.
A completely different demand
The letter sent to the Swedish government…