To help people adopt healthier lifestyles and save the planet, Switzerland will go vegetarian for one day on 1 October. Over 1200 local restaurants and businesses will offer vegetarian-only food for a day.
The airline here will also serve only vegetarian food to business class passengers on October 1. All restaurants in Edelweiss, the McDonald’s chain (173) and 14 restaurants at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) will also serve vegetarian meals for a day.
Major nutrition and eco-research studies conducted over the years have concluded that a vegetarian diet is vital to advancing the sustainability of our planet. It has been proven that vegetarian dishes generate less CO2, therefore, the more companies that participate, the greater the impact.
According to a study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, if everyone in Switzerland ate a vegetarian diet just one day a week, we could reduce car pollution by 3.7 billion kilometers in just one year – which is roughly half of the Earth’s emissions. Around 90,000 times.
In 2020, the Swiss population chose a 52 percent more plant-based diet than the previous year, and that number will continue to grow every year.
This growing global need for more vegetarian menu options provides a great opportunity for foodie experts to revamp their menus, making Switzerland an even more attractive tourist destination for global travelers.
Did You Know That Restaurant Hiltl, Established in Zurich in 1898, is the oldest Vegetarian Restaurant in the World?
Tourists and locals alike are invited to celebrate World Vegetarian Day and enjoy a sumptuous vegetarian feast together in a creative way. On Swisstainable Veggie Day, it is said that vegetables will be the star of the show.
All participating restaurants and hotels in Switzerland will develop an exclusive vegetarian menu to showcase the most versatile and diverse range of locally grown and sourced vegetables.
All you need to remember is that every time you eat a vegetarian diet, you are contributing to a more sustainable world.
Ritu Sharma, Deputy Director, Switzerland Tourism said, “Switzerland has always offered a complete culinary experience for all types of travellers, which is why it is also a popular destination for Indians.
We believe in everything including vegetarianism. And on 1 October everyone living in Switzerland will experience some of the best traditional vegetarian cuisine. In addition, Swiss chefs will also prepare a wide range of high quality vegetarian dishes”.