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Public schools across three different cities in Brazil have committed themselves to the change, meaning approximately 140,000 vegan meals will be served every week.

Three Brazilian cities—Várzea Grande, Cuiabá, and Sao Gonçalo—have committed to serving one plant-based meal per week at city-run schools under the Alimentação Consciente Brasil (“Conscious Eating Brasil”) food policy program initiated by animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals (MFA).

According to Mercy For Animals, the change will amount to 5 million vegan meals served in the country per year (or 140,000 vegan meals every week).

Gustavo Guadagnini, the Brazilian director of nonprofit organization Good Food Institute, recently reported that plant-based companies in the country are increasing at a rate of 40 percent annually.

Veganism has seen a surge across South America in recent years, with the Argentinian government implementing vegan Monday’s at the country’s capital.

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