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IVU Department of Policy Initiatives

The IVU Department of Policy is dedicated to fostering global collaboration and sharing best practices for advancing plant-based political initiatives. Our focus spans a broad spectrum, including climate, agriculture, business policies, official dietary guidelines, and municipal school meal programs.

Director: Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl
Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl, a Danish anthropologist and expert on the interplay between sustainability, climate change, agriculture, and food, has been a lifelong vegetarian. Since 2016, he has served as the Secretary-General of the Vegetarian Society of Denmark and represents Europe within the IVU.

Projects Highlight

1. International Online Platform for Vegetarian Policy Best Practices
This platform serves as a forum for organizations worldwide that are committed to or interested in influencing vegetarian-related political activities. Overseen by the IVU’s Director of Policy Initiatives, this initiative is supported by a grant from Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) to the Vegetarian Society of Denmark.

Contact for Participation:

Sidsel Pousen
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2. TVA-IVU C40 Project
Aiming to support C40 cities in reducing animal food consumption, this project aligns with the global effort to implement sustainable initiatives like 'Meatless Mondays' in public settings such as schools. C40, a network of some of the world's largest cities committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, emphasizes the role of sustainable diets in mitigating climate change.

Join the C40 Global Veg Network
This network fosters collaboration among organizations in C40 cities committed to reducing animal consumption and promoting plant-based diets. Initiated by the Toronto Vegetarian Association and the IVU, it is an open-source and inclusive group, welcoming new members that share our vision.


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Nital Jethalal, President, Toronto Vegetarian Association
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Dilip Barman, North America IVU Representative

These initiatives reflect the ongoing commitment of the TVA and the IVU to promote healthier, greener, and more compassionate lifestyles. Together, we can leverage our collective knowledge and strategies to support our governments in achieving significant environmental milestones by 2030. For more information or to join our efforts, please contact the representatives listed above.

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