New report shows plant-based school meals can be cheaper and better for the planet

A new report published today by the  European Vegetarian Union (EVU) analyses some of the best public procurement practices across public canteens in Europe – demonstrating that plant-based meals are more affordable and have significantly lower environmental impacts. The report showcases exemplary sustainable public procurement initiatives on a local, regional and national level, from nurseries […]

SOTEU 2023: A dish served lukewarm and missing key ingredients

In response to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech, the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) has reacted with significant concern. While we welcome the mention of a ”Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture in the EU”, we were left troubled by the lackluster support for the European […]

NGOs call on Von der Leyen to uphold green farming ambition in State of the Union speech

The European Vegetarian Union (EVU), representing 46 organisations across Europe dedicated to environmental sustainability, human health, and animal welfare, has sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ahead of her forthcoming and annual State of the Union speech (SOTEU) on 13 September. The letter calls for urgent action to address climate […]

How Big Meat’s grip shapes EU farm policy and what we eat

The pervasive influence of the meat and dairy lobby on government policies and regulations within the European Union has been brought to light in a recent study conducted by Stanford University. The study shines a spotlight on how lobbying efforts have curbed the growth of plant-based alternatives with lighter climate and environmental footprints. As the […]

Beyond Meat’s sales reflect larger economic woes with our food system

Recent reports of a 30 percent drop in sales for Beyond Meat’s plant-based products have raised concerns and prompted speculation in the media about the future of vegan alternatives to meats. However, a closer analysis reveals that these adverse results are not indicative of a fading ‘’fad’’ but rather closely tied to the prevailing cost […]

Veggie Burger Debate Makes It To European Court Of Justice

Press Release: Veggie Burger Debate Makes It To European Court Of Justice [Brussels, 31 July 2023] – In a landmark development, the French Conseil d’Etat has taken a significant step in addressing the crucial issue of food labelling for plant-based products. The Conseil d’Etat has decided to transfer parts of the court case brought forward […]

EU Parliament Advances Nature Restoration Law But Setbacks Remain

The European Vegetarian Union (EVU) welcomes the recent passing of the Nature Restoration Law in the European Parliament (EP) on 12 July, which sets the stage for enhanced biodiversity and climate action across the European Union. While applauding this significant step towards environmental preservation (even if some of the amendments voted through are disappointing), the […]