Meatless Monday Celebrates Chinese New Year at The Good Food Festival in Beijing

Earlier this month, to celebrate Chinese New year, The Good Food Fund in China — in collaboration with Meatless Monday and Slow Food International — hosted a series of events, known collectively as The Good Food Festival. Local community leaders in Xinzhuang Village, Beijing took a stance to advocate for more sustainable food choices.chinese new year of rat

Through a collection of workshops, seminars, and cooking contests, The Good Food Festival sought to expand the community’s capacity and knowledge for dietary change by teaching attendees the many benefits of a diet rooted in plant-based foods.

By introducing the changes in diets throughout history, Jianyi (founder of the Good Food Fund) discussed the issues surrounding the increasing consumption of animal protein, and the increasingly high environmental costs we all face. He encouraged everyone to make a change starting from the most important meal of the year-New Year’s Eve!

While these decisions can sometimes be culturally and logistically challenging, events such as The Good Food Festival demonstrate how people can come together to advocate for progressive change, while still staying true traditions.

Wishing everyone the best in the new year.