Wilmslow Academy goes meat free on Mondays

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Following a meeting with parents, The Wilmslow Academy is leading the way by being the first school in the Wilmslow and Handforth area to go 'meat free' on Mondays in its school lunches.

Andrew Backhouse said "The International Committee on Climate Change has stated that we need to reduce our meat consumption if we are to save the planet for future generations, and Lata Anderson, a local Town Councillor and member of Transition Wilmslow has been promoting the idea of meat-free Mondays as a way of Wilmslow setting an example to Britain."

Charlotte Clowes, Principal of Wilmslow Academy, said "The children in our school are extremely passionate about the environment and sustainability and regularly follow lines of inquiry related to this subject. For example, they recently challenged a number of international companies, via balanced arguments in letters, on their use of palm oil. This is another step in the right direction which the children have led us to."

The Wilmslow Academy


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Jon Williams
Friday 28th February 2020 at 5:49 pm
The Benefits of eating meat:

Benefit 1
Since meat contains a large amount of protein, this could be beneficial to the body as the need for protein is an important one for the body. Since protein is said to improve the overall health and well-being of one’s body, there are other benefits such as the repair and building of body tissues as well as the production of antibodies that will protect the body from infections, thus strengthening the immune system as well. Most importantly, since meat contains all the essential amino acids, it definitely ranks as one of the best sources of protein.

Benefit 2
Of the many nutrients that meat contains, it is rich in iron, zinc and selenium. While iron helps in forming hemoglobin that transports oxygen to different parts of your body, zinc helps in tissue formation and metabolism as well as selenium breaks down the fat and chemicals in the body.

Benefit 3
Vitamins are also a big part of the one’s diet, and Vitamin A, B and D are commonly found in meat as well. Not only do these vitamins promote good vision, stronger teeth and bones but it also support the central nervous system thus promoting mental health as well. Another big benefit of eating meat is the maintenance of your skin’s health.
Pippa Jones
Friday 28th February 2020 at 7:04 pm
Looking forward to some delicious meat free recipes from Wilmslow Academy to try on a Monday!
David Jefferay
Friday 28th February 2020 at 10:41 pm
Jon, I think your concerns are addressed here...https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/vegetarian-and-vegan-diets-q-and-a/
Carol Shawcross
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 10:08 pm
We have evolved as carnivores, surely eating only vegetables will never save this planet. Instead of becoming vegans we should be getting rid of the unnecessary plastic packaging of veg/ fruit/ bread/ one use plastics/ & improving wind farms and other cleaner methods of generating power!