English Football Team Goes Vegan For Health, Animals, And The Environment

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Credit: vegan-magazine.com

Soccer and veggie burgers may sound like an unlikely combo, but the pairing is working perfectly for the Forest Green Rovers.

The English soccer team recently announced that the entire club (players and stadium alike) will be going 100% plant-based to not only benefit the environment and save animals, but to boost the health of the players, fans, and staff.

After the World Health Organization announced processed meats to be cancer-causing and red meat to “likely cause cancer,” the announcement is coming at an opportune time.

CNN reports that the team, which this season is leading the English fifth tier, says the initiative will make it “the world’s first vegan football club.”

The club stopped serving meat in 2011 and is now doing away with fish and milk products to provide a nourishing – but still tasty – vegan menu to fans.

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Credit: ForestGreenRovers

Said the club’s owner, Dale Vince, who is also an avid environmentalist and vegan:

“We’ve been on a mission since then to introduce our fans to this new world. When you drop the ‘meat and two veg’ approach, a whole new world of food options opens up.

The gap between vegetarian and vegan food is actually quite small; it’s a step rather than a leap to take. A lot of our food has been vegan for some time now, and this season we’ve taken the last small step.”

This monumental news is kicking up a mass of conversation.

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