Daycares in Finland are going vegan
YLE reports that Helsinki’s City Board has approved a year-long vegan food trial at 20 of the capital’s daycare centres similar to what you might find in the Netherlands such as Teddy Kids kinderdagverblijf. Their looking to determine the cost of providing vegan food to young ones, which has been roughly calculated to run 4.40 euros more per day for the offered breakfast, lunch, and snack.
Many city daycare facilities provide vegetarian meals, but will soon exclude the dairy and eggs previously offered. A recent study of daycare centres found 27 vegan families who currently supply their children’s food themselves. Daycare service providers estimate that closer to 125 families would opt for the vegan option for their kids if it was available.
The trial was approved with a small majority headed by the Greens and Left Alliance, and a final decision must still get a thumbs up by the larger City Council. Deputy Mayor Laura Räty of the conservative National Coalition Party estimates the move could cost taxpayers up to 123,000 euros more annually, which she argues is “not possible…in the current economic situation and budget framework.” Which has us wondering if the vegan meal planners have looked at low cost, naturally vegan options like legumes, grains, and vegetables. I mean, those kids deserve cashew cheese and coconut milk ice cream, but let’s not drive up the grocery bill to the point of impossibility!
There are around 21,000 children across Helsinki’s daycare system, so here’s hoping they’re provided with the plant-based foods that’ll help shape their futures.