Farmers handed out sausage rolls and bacon outside council offices in protest against a push towards vegan food on school menus.
Councillors last year backed a move to stop serving meat and dairy at official events as part of efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
The proposals – set to be rubber-stamped by cabinet members next month – would also ensure school lunches have plant-based menus available at least twice a week.
But the move has sparked anger from local farmers, who took their protest outside Oxfordshire Council Council on Monday.
One demonstrator, John Richardson, is reported as saying by the BBC: “British farmers have produced quality, sustainable food. We’re not here to make a stand against vegetarianism or veganism, just trying to promote the good food we produce.”
Richard Binning, a beef farmer from Steventon, reportedy said: “The message they are sending out is really dangerous – they are suggesting it’s ok to eat avocados from Brazil, instead of our wholesome British beef.”
Liz Leffman, the leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said the push towards plant-based meals was “about councillors taking a stand to tackle climate change and saying we want to make our planet more sustainable”.
She added: “We want agriculture to be sustainable and we will source produce locally wherever we can.”