Politician Outraged After French School Ditches Meat: 'Stop Putting Ideology On Our Children’s Plates' 'Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it' - Media Credit: Adobe. Do no use without permission.

Politician Outraged After French Schools Ditch Meat: ‘Stop Putting Ideology On Our Children’s Plates’

Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie wrote on Twitter: 'Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it'


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A politician has slammed French schools for ditching meat. 

Schools in Lyon offering a meat-free menu to fight against COVID-19. However, schools are still serving fish, eggs, and dairy.

The decision has been supported by Mayor Gregory Doucet. He says the streamlined menu will help social distancing protocols in cafeterias.

An ‘insult’ to butchers

But, Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie slammed the incentive on Twitter.

“Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” he wrote. “Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it.”

Moreover, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described the move as an ‘unacceptable insult’ to French butchers and farmers – France24 reports.

Meat-free schools

In the UK, the government has received pressure to remove meat from school meals to offer more sustainable and healthy options.

A number of organizations and individuals – including PETA, Greenpeace UK, and Meat Free Monday (founded by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney) – have joined forces to write to the secretary of state for education.

According to PETA, the letter notes that ‘the current animal-derived food mandates limit schools’ capacity to serve children climate-friendly vegan foods and are out of step with the government’s own nutritional advice to the public – the Eatwell Guide – which allows for nutritional needs to be met without meat and dairy’.

Moreover, A 2019 poll by food brand Linda McCartney Foods revealed that 70 percent of British children want more vegan meals on their school menus.

In a statement sent to PBN, Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney said: “No one needs to eat meat. So, it shouldn’t be mandatory to serve it in schools. It’s time to revise the School Food Standards to help the planet, spare animals, and promote healthy eating.”

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Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago

Since ASFs (animal sourced foods) are a normal part of the human diet they should be made available on any menu offered by a public authority. Whether one eats, or doesn’t eat a particular food, is down to individual choice.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Why should they be? There are many reasons why they shouldn’t be – health, environment… And it’s not down to choice in france because those children who don’t eat meat aren’t given any other option. They just have to go without the protein part of their meals, which often means they can only eat the dessert. How is that choice?

1 year ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

If ASFs are a “normal” part of the human diet, then give children who have not been corrupted by ideology the choice of eating a pear or a chicken, and I’ll wager they’d choose to eat the pear and hug the chicken. They haven’t yet been indoctrinated by marketing propaganda.

IF given a choice, would the chicken choose to give up her life or not? Animals don’t voluntarily “give” us their lives, bodies, children–we forcefully TAKE them.

1 year ago

“Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” he wrote. He’s putting HIS ideology on children’s plates.

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