Meatless Monday: Danish lawmakers go vegan for 22 days to raise awareness

Several politicians from Denmark’s Alternativet and Enhedslisten parties gave up meat and animal products for 22 days in a bid to benefit the environment.Five members of Alternativet, including party leader Uffe Elbæk, took up the challenge to draw attention to how Western food production has an enormous climate footprint.

Since May 1, I namely lived without meat, milk and cheese and other animal products, including cream in an Irish coffee. Cause? I have, with much of my colleagues from alternative let me challenge to participate in ‘vegan challenge’.

Elbæk said it was important that politicians ‘walk the talk’ if they expected citizens to take their claims seriously, and he has urged Socialistisk Folkeparti to also take up the challenge.

“I’d like to thank those who gave me the challenge. I survived and survived well,” Elbæk said via a Facebook message once the 22 days were completed.

I was at a party recently. Since there were served Irish coffee after dinner, I had to choose the cream off (which I otherwise love) and pour more whiskey in your coffee instead.

The challenge was to live vegan for 22 days and Elbæk said it was hard because he loves ice cream so much, especially in the spring.

Yes, it’s a challenge. But also an exciting challenge, as it turned out. At the same time it has also been an eye-opener in terms of how many ordinary food products containing different types of animal products. You become more conscious of what you eat. And what it contains. And what a carbon footprint, it comes with.

But Elbæk wrote that he survived and survived well.

Here, after 22 days, the conclusion is clear that it is possible to live a good life as a vegan.

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