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German environment minister bans meat at official functions citing environmental concerns

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Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s environment minister, has recently announced that her ministry will no longer be serving meat, fish or meat-derived products at official functions citing environmental concerns and a desire to serve as a “role model” on environmental and sustainability issues.

On why this decision was made, Hendricks stated: “We want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish”.

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