Virgin Atlantic Removes Beef and Palm Oil From Flight Menus

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richard branson Sir Richard Branson’s international airline Virgin Atlantic, with flights from the UK, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, has been removing ingredients deemed unsustainable such as beef , unsustainable palm oil, and soy from in-flight menus. The initiative is part of the company’s ongoing partnership with the non-profit organization the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). According to the Virgin Atlantic 2017 Sustainability Report , the partnership with SRA aims to ensure that all 5.5 million meals served by Virgin Atlantic annually meet the company’s standards regarding fair pay and working conditions for suppliers and workers and “humanely farmed” meat and dairy. The most recent update to the company’s sustainability program includes a focus on “removing food which contributes to deforestation .” Under the initiative, all meals catering to Virgin Atlantic’s Caribbean flights now use rapeseed oil instead of palm, saving a total of 100 tonnes of palm oil per year. The company has not revealed specific details on how it is working to reduce its usage of beef and soy. While Virgin acknowledges that aircraft is the largest source of carbon emissions for airlines, it remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint in any […]

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