Should It Be the Law That All Restaurants Serve at Least 10% Plant-Based Dishes?
Christian Mongendre: YES
“Making it the law to have 10 per cent [of the food] on every menu be plant-based will greatly help the adoption of plant-based diets in Hong Kong. It is now widely acknowledged that being more plant-based is the way forward for our planet and for our health. Ordinarily, I would say that it is the responsibility of the dining industry to drive an organic transition. But, if the government mandates that all restaurants have at least 10 per cent of the menu items plant-based, it will promote the idea that choosing a plant-based meal is actually the norm, and it will subconsciously nudge people to make more conscious decisions.
If the government makes this a law, it will be one that will yield long-term benefits and help the plant-based diet break through into the mainstream in Hong Kong. We need to put in extra effort into promoting widespread adoption of a plant-based lifestyle, especially in Hong Kong, where the community is often reluctant to order vegetarian dishes over animal protein.”