#Savetheveggieburger

On April 1st, the European Parliaments Agriculture Committee (AGRI) voted for a proposition to ban the use of the words ”burger”, ”sausage”, ”steak” and similar ”meaty” words to describe vegan and vegetarian products. A similar ban is already in effect in France regarding meat products and in the entire EU regarding dairy products, but now the Committee wants to take it a step further and ban the meat-related terms in the entire EU. This is a step in the wrong direction for the climate as it will contribute to the view of vegan food as something else than "normal" food, and thus not be as desirable as meat. Therefore, we now urge you/strongly recommend you to reconsider the proposition.

We argue that this is the exact opposite of what the European parliament should be doing. Instead of banning the term vegan burger they should embrace it as a way of making the european food cultures more climate friendly and sustainable. They should advocate and create more climate friendly conditions for European farmers and producers - not hinder them. Somewhere about 20 % of consumer CO2 emissions comes from food and meat is responsible for 70 % of these emissions.

We need to eat different than we do today to save the climate. We think that it would be much harder to make the Italians eat indian food for the sake of the climate than making them eat vegan salsiccia. Don’t you? Therefore, we need to save the terms vegan burger, vegan sausage and steak in order to make more people discover the fact that vegan food actually can be a perfect alternative to meat.

With this statement we’re launching a campaign aimed towards getting the new members of the European Parliament to say no to this proposition. We want them to take firm actions for a more sustainable european agricultural policy that sees plant based food as part of the solution for the climate crisis.

Instead of regulating against the development of more climate friendly versions of dishes that we Europeans love. The members of parliament should help European farmers to grow this food! Aim your efforts towards helping companies to develop better vegan alternatives based on european crops that can give meat farmers a sustainable future option to meat production. And instead of forbidding the words of the future, help us spread the word about the possibility of making the traditional food we love more sustainable!

We are the people, the companies and the organisations that this proposition is aimed towards. We are the restaurants, the product manufacturers, we are the influencers, we are the consumers and we are saying #savetheveggieburger. Save our right to not having to choose between eating good and doing good.

Agree to this campaign if you like this idea and want to read the answer from Eric Andrieu, the MEP from France who is responsible for the proposition and your own future MEP’s answers to the campaign.

Regards,
the European people who want to see more a more climate friendly food policy from the European Parliament

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12 comments

Swag Valance
3 months ago

I actually think this is a little sad and misplaced. It's also symptomatic of activism in an era of social media where likes and hashtags become the battleground instead of habits and actions. Instead of the necessary change in psychology required to go vegan, we're advocating the route of faking it. Vegan cuisine offers a great variety of options to enjoy without resorting to synthetic, chemically overprocessed emulations of the meat-eating culture we are actively supposed to avoid. I know this measure is seen as a linguistic defense by the entrenched meat industry, but it's the wrong battle. Fake meat is to veganism what child sex dolls are to preventing pedophilia. Bad habits are bad habits, and using linguistic fakery to pretend there's no change or sacrifice involved is the stuff of fools.

Karen V
3 months ago

Echoing Lee Spencer’s comment

Alice Strand
5 months ago

Thank you for your campaign and congratulations on reaching the next level. A message has been sent to the recipient.

Georg Osthaus
5 months ago

I found the naming-laws of the EU already quite superflous. No need to make it even worse. A burger patty is a burger patty and i don't care whether it contains beef or soy-roots like that new patty burger King is trialing in the US right now.

Lee Spencer
5 months ago

Lee Spencer
5 months ago

I support this, having read there may be proposals to call veggie burgers ‘discs’ which is ridiculous. This smacks of the meat industry lobbying the EU parliament, we cannot let big industry like oil and food influence policies.

Robert Armblad
5 months ago

Att ge animalieindustrin ensamrätt att använda namn på diverse matformer är ett orimligt förslag tydligt utformat för att gynna enskild part. Det är tydligt att förslaget har sin utgångspunkt i att försvara den storskaliga animalieindustrins makt och vinster genom att försvåra människors övergång till en (mer) vegetabilisk kost. Med hänsyn till såväl djur som till klimat så lovar jag som kandidat för Vänsterpartiet att om jag tar plats i EU-parlamentet att rösta nej till förslaget. Robert Armblad (V) Kandidat till EU-parlamentet

David
5 months ago

There are more important things to worry about.

Ingrid Hesser
5 months ago

Perfekt

Steven Feuerstein
5 months ago

Fantastic

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