Norway’s Greens Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne, MDG), which won government power in Oslo last year and scored major gains nationwide, is continuing to make its presence felt. Its request for at least one meat-free day a week in the city’s employee canteen was met and began on Monday, to good reviews from government colleagues.
“Every Monday will be meat-free,” exclaimed Raymond Johansen of the Labour Party, which leads the Oslo city government coalition he formed with the Greens and the Socialist Left party (SV). “Emissions from the meat industry are large while vegetarian food is healthy. So it’s good for the climate and good for health.”
Johansen admitted that he doesn’t normally eat vegetarian fare but claimed the vegetable lasagne on offer was tasty. Asked whether his government would have launched meat-free days without the pressure from the Greens, he said merely that “all three parties agreed on this.”
The Greens have been moving forward lately with many other environmental measures, especially in the transport sector, that have sparked complaints from car owners in Oslo. Few complaints were heard over the new vegetarian menu at City Hall, with Johansen also praising the combination of red beets and beans in various forms.