German International School in India Goes Vegan

The school now serves children plant-based foods including vegan meat and cheese made on campus.


Chennai, India-based German International School will serve only vegan food starting this school year. The school began rescuing farmed animals this year, and officials decided that serving children animal products no longer aligned with their morals. “We felt it was ethically not right,” Thomas A. Pallushek, advisor for international schools in the Asia Pacific region, told India Times. “We wanted to reduce the human impact on the environment, and eating less meat is the simplest way.” Students will now dine on vegan breakfasts, lunches, and snacks such as cucumber avocado toast, zucchini bread and applesauce, ratatouille, flavored rice with dhal curry, pumpkin spice muffins, and smoothies. The school also creates its own vegan meat alternatives and cashew-based cheese, and includes vegan documentaries in its ethics classes. Stateside, Southern California-based MUSE school—founded by director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron—transitioned to an entirely vegan school in 2015.

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