AIA members were delighted to attend the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism (APPGVV) on 6th December 2016 at the Houses of Parliament.
The new group is funded by the Vegetarian Society, the Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life and the secretariat is provided by NCVO.
At the inaugural meeting Christina Rees MP was elected as chair and the other committee members include Henry Smith MP and Kerry McCarthy MP.
The first meeting was on the subject ‘What does Brexit mean for vegetarians and vegans?‘ and talks were given by Stephen Pugh on the future of guidance for vegetarian and vegan labelling; Dr Kinesh Patel on the labelling of medicines with ‘lifestyle choices’ and Jeanette Bowley on veganism as a protected belief.
The APPGVV has been set up to look at the issues affecting vegetarianism and veganism. The group will meet four times a year to hear representations from academics, the food industry, charities, campaigners and interested individuals. Further information can be found at their website at http://vegappg.org.uk/