Changes to this years COP28 conference in Dubai reflect the growing global demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly food choices.
Over 250,000 meals will be served during the 10-day COP28 event, showcasing a diverse range of plant-based and vegan options, a proactive response to previous calls for more 'clean' food offerings at such gatherings.
Source: COP28 - UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mariam Almheiri adressing working group.
This shift not only caters to health-conscious attendees but also partly aligns with the conference's commitment to environmental stewardship.
Here's a list of those operators designated either vegan or plant-based.
Chuck Chick: Revolutionising fast food with its vegan chick'n burgers, Chuck Chick has been a crowd favorite since its inception in London, now gracing Dubai with its eco-friendly yet delicious offerings.
Source: Chuck Chick
Just Vegan - a simply 'attired' cafe/restaurant in down-town Dubai offering all vegan food. But unfortunately its description is quite minimal.
Source: Just Vegan
Wild & The Moon: A testament to the belief that good food can be both healthy for people and the planet, Wild & The Moon offers a variety of organic, plant-based dishes, ranging from salads to smoothies, and more.
Roots & Rolls, Barcelona's pioneer in 100% plant-based sushi, is at the forefront of innovative plant-based gastronomy in the city. The Asian-inspired menu showcases signature delights such as plant-based sushi, karaage, gyozas, kimchi, baos, and much more, offering an adventurous, wholesome, and delicious dining experience.
Source: Roots and Rolls
Switch Foods: Abu Dhabi plant-based FoodTech startup committed to driving consumers towards plant-based food products without compromising on taste, health, or ethics.
Source: Switch Foods Plant-based Kafta
This quality array of plant-based and vegan food options at COP28 is not only about a culinary choice but also a reflection of a growing deeper commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. It marks a significant step towards a more sustainable future, responding to the calls for more eco-friendly practices at these sorts of global events.
While this is a commendable step forward, it also raises the question of how much further we can go in integrating sustainability into every aspect of such large-scale events, furthering our commitment to a healthier Earth.
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