• Norway's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Norway's military goes veggie to save climate

AFP · 19 Nov 2013, 23:05

Published: 19 Nov 2013 23:05 GMT+01:00

The army said its new meatless Mondays are meant to cut its consumption of ecologically unfriendly foods whose production contributes heavily to global warming.
   
"It's a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that's respectful of the environment," spokesman Eystein Kvarving told AFP.
   
The diet has already been introduced at one of Norway's main bases and will soon be rolled out to all units, including those serving overseas, said the army, estimating it would cut its meat consumption by 150 tonnes per year.
 
"It's not about saving money," said Kvarving. "It's about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier."
   
A Norwegian environmental group that campaigns for meatless Mondays nationwide, The Future in Our Hands, welcomed the army announcement.
 
"The defence ministry deserves a lot of praise because it's taking climate and environmental issues seriously," said the group's director, Arild Hermstad.
Story continues below…
   
According to the organisation, the average Norwegian eats more than 1,200 animals over the course of their life, including 1,147 chickens, 22 sheep, six cattle and 2.6 deer.
   
Livestock farming accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Chinese fund offers $1.2b for Norway's Opera web company
Photo: Opera

Chinese fund offers $1.2b for Norway's Opera web company
6 minutes ago

The world's fifth most used web browser may soon be in Chinese hands.

How to vote as an American expat in Norway
Even if you won't be anywhere near this ballot box in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire – or anywhere else in the US – you can still take help decide the next US president. Photo: Mike Segar/Scanpix

How to vote as an American expat in Norway
13 hours ago

As The US presidential voting season is well underway with the first primary elections in New Hampshire, The Local looks at how American citizens can cast their ballots from outside the US.

'Aggressive elk' no match for Norway kids with snowballs
Photo: Paul Kleiven / NTB scanpix

'Aggressive elk' no match for Norway kids with snowballs
15 hours ago

It takes more than an angry elk to scare Norwegian nursery children.

Norway 'lost' 661 asylum seekers in January alone
UDI said many of the 'lost' asylum seekers will likely "show up in some way or another". Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Norway 'lost' 661 asylum seekers in January alone
20 hours ago

The number of asylum seekers who 'disappeared' within Norway in January was higher than any single month last year.

Tourist brought 125 kilos of Norwegian coins to Oslo
The coins totaled 220,970 kroner and weighed 125 kilos. Photo: Toll

Tourist brought 125 kilos of Norwegian coins to Oslo
22 hours ago

A most unusual find for Oslo customs officials.

Norway’s climate quotas have not led to emissions cuts
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s climate quotas have not led to emissions cuts
1 day ago

Five years after fulling joining the EU quota system, there have been no real reductions in Norway's emissions.

'Mystery films’ from 1980 to be shown in Norway
The 1980 delivery went unclaimed. Photo: Kjell-Erik Ruud/Instagram

'Mystery films’ from 1980 to be shown in Norway
1 day ago

An American man sent three films to himself at a Norwegian hotel 36 years ago but never claimed the package. On Tuesday, the mysterious films will be shown, although no one knows what to expect.

Sexual criminals prey on Norway’s asylum centres
Kripos said that known sex offenders are carrying out attacks at Norway's asylum centres. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Sexual criminals prey on Norway’s asylum centres
1 day ago

Known sex offenders are taking advantage of "especially vulnerable" underage asylum seekers.

Norwegian who raped Irish woman in sleep faces appeal
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: Criminal Courts of Justice

Norwegian who raped Irish woman in sleep faces appeal
February 05, 2016

Irish prosecutors are hoping to overturn the suspended jail sentence of a Norwegian man who admitted to raping his Irish girlfriend up to ten times while she slept.

Elderly Norwegians arrested in Thailand for playing bridge
Photo: Colourbox

Elderly Norwegians arrested in Thailand for playing bridge
February 05, 2016

A game of bridge had an unexpected ending for 32 club members in Pattaya, including three Norwegian pensioners.

Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
Norway police to go back to being unarmed
Health
Norway ads use Hitler teddy bear to scare parents... about dust
National
Migrants: Norway 'sending us to death' in Russia
Norway under fire over tough new asylum plans
Health
Norway doctors push plan for 'tobacco-free generation'
National
Norway's call to remove crosses causes backlash
Politics
Norway tightens asylum policy to cut numbers
Society
The end of the expat? European cities fight for innovative 'inpats'
Education
Hiker finds 1,200-yr-old Viking sword in Norway
National
Oslo eyes ban on private cars from city centre in green push
Culture
Family shocked as The Scream appears in a freshly sawn plank
National
AS-IT-HAPPENED: Nobel Peace Prize announcement 2015
National
Norway armed forces to get organic underwear
International
Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicycles
Society
Norwegians reveal the (hilariously inaccurate) origins of the Danish language
National
Norway man built secret child's room in cellar
Education
Norway starts school for Vikings
Sport
Sepp Blatter should win Nobel Peace Prize: Putin
2,210
jobs available