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Politicians in France are being accused of ‘eco fascism’ over implementing meat-free school meals

Last month, it was revealed schools in Lyon were serving meat-free menus to fight against COVID-19. 

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

‘An ideologically driven measure’

However, columnist Rachel Marsden says the move is the ‘latest example of growing eco-fascism in France’.

She penned an Op-Ed for RT, arguing politicians have ‘developed a taste for crazy restrictions’.

Marsden wrote: “For some kids, school is the only place they’re able to get a decent meal (especially now when parents are prohibited by the government from grocery shopping during the week after work).

“The claimed justification for what appears to be an ideologically driven measure is that it apparently allows a smoother lunchtime service while social distancing is in place.”

Meat-free school meals

A nationwide campaign is calling on UK councils to create plant-based schools.

Animal Rebellion campaigners say such an incentive will ‘reduce the impacts of climate change. As well as provide healthier food for children’.

“More plant-based meals in schools would help improve schoolchildren’s access to nutritious foods as well as promoting planetary health.”

Rohini Bajekal, Nutritionist

Rohini Bajekal is a Nutritionist and Head of Communications at Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “Schools play a crucial role in setting healthy eating habits for children at an early age. 

“Only 18 percent of children are currently meeting the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day in the UK. 

“More plant-based meals in schools would help improve schoolchildren’s access to nutritious foods as well as promoting planetary health. A healthy plant-based diet is suitable at every age and life-stage and can also reduce one’s risk of chronic diseases.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.