Share article:
Share article:

Flemish city tells vegetarian picnic to serve meat

Organisers are not happy after the city council of Diksmuide (West Flanders) issued an order that an annual Fair Trade picnic in the town serve meat for the first time. The city authorities believe people should have the choice to eat meat, said Mayor Lies Laridon, according to reports. Until now the picnic only served vegetarian produce

The picnic is organised as a part of the Butter and Cheese Festival in Diksmuide. The festival is known for unique traditions, including a blindfolded cheese-tasting contest where contestants can win their weight in butter.

“We chose to set up a vegetarian picnic because there is enough meat available during the Butter and Cheese Festival itself,” said Rik Maekelberg, chairman of Fair Trade Diksmuide. We were already working on our climate and the ecological footprint. That’s why we keep all the products as local as possible, he added in an HLN article. 

According to alderman Marc Deprez, meat from Diksmuide is indeed sustainable. “Our local farmers can benefit from it. It is about quality and traceable meat that is produced here. That is sustainable. Fair Trade stands for sustainable agriculture, not only for farmers in the South but also in the West. This can only be a promotion for our own high-quality agriculture. “

Poster from the diksmuide website promoting fair trade city
“We wonder if we should continue with it,” said Maekelberg. “If we are not allowed to stick to our concept, then why continue?” he added. This would be the fifth iteration of the picnic, if it goes ahead.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Brussels Airport adds 10 flight destinations this winter
Some 130 destinations will be served from Brussels Airport this winter, the company announced on Monday, just a few days before the start of the ...
Brussels pharmacies report rush on rapid tests due to Covid Safe Ticket
Many pharmacists in Brussels have noticed a remarkable increase in the demand for Covid-19 tests this weekend, following the official expansion of ...
Students filmed naked on ULB campus given a warning
A group of students caught on camera mimicking sexual acts on the campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been issued an official ...
EU Digital Covid Certificate becomes an international success story
The European Commission adopted on Monday a report on the EU Digital Covid Certificate and its implementation across the EU. According to the ...
Belgian chocolatier agrees to $15 million settlement over misled consumers allegations
Internationally recognised Belgian chocolate manufacturer Godiva has reached a $15 million (€12.9 million) settlement after US consumers said they ...
‘Buying second home does not mean you are rich’: government disagrees on tax break
The Francophone liberal MR party and the Flemish socialist Vooruit party strongly disagree on the current scheme for tax benefits on people's second ...
EMA starts evaluating Pfizer vaccine for children over 5 years old
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started evaluating an application to extend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to children ...
Energy prices: EU’s demand and supply dilemma in importing natural gas
The European Commission adopted last week a plan on how to tackle the rise in global energy prices in the short-term while relying on the transition ...
Tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels’ outskirts to airport
Works on a tram line connecting Brussels, the NATO headquarters and Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which could attract up to 10,000 passengers a day, ...
SKYFALL: European police complete counter-drone training in Antwerp
In a joint project between Belgium’s federal police and the Brussels Capital Ixelles Policing Area, 15 European police officers visited Antwerp to ...
Offshore wind farms could help reach climate neutrality by 2050
A study carried out by the Bureau fédérale du Plan (BFP) – an independent Belgian organisation that investigates questions of environmental and ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...