“Stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” French minister says after major city removes meat from school lunches
French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has argued against injecting “ideology” into school lunches after the city of Lyon removed the meat from the menus.
Local officials said it would help them follow Covid-19 protocols.
“Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” Denormandie tweeted on Sunday.
“Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it,” he wrote, adding that he had asked the region’s perfect, a state-appointed official, to overrule the move.
Officials in Lyon, France’s third-largest city, said schools would have a meat-free menu starting on Monday.
They argued that the change would help to “streamline” the work of cafeterias while they followed the requirements on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stephanie Leger, the city’s top education official, told AFP the new menu “will allow us to speed up the service and, thus, allow us to cater to all children.”
“To match the tastes of the largest number [of students], we have decided to remove meat,” Leger said. She added that the menu could not be considered vegan because the cafeterias would continue to serve fish and eggs, and that meat would return once the “sanitary situation allows it.”
Nevertheless, the idea to exclude meat from school lunches immediately caused a backlash from right-wing politicians. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin labeled it an “unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers.” (!!!)
“We can see that the moralizing and elitist policy of the Greens excludes the popular classes. Many children often only get to eat meat at the school canteen,” he tweeted, calling it a “scandalous ideology.” (!!!)
Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet, a member of the Green Party, responded that the meat-free menu was a “one-time” measure introduced for sanitary reasons. He tweeted on Sunday that the city authorities were “guaranteeing a balanced meal for all school students.”
Doucet also pointed out that the government had not complained when his predecessor, from President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party, “introduced exactly the same measure during the first wave” of the pandemic.
And I mean...For God’s sake, Monsieur Denormandie! those are adventurous arguments that you bring!
Animal fats are the leading cause of diabetes, obesity, and heart attacks. More and more children are suffering from it!
And do you recommend that?
Is it really an “extreme ideology” for you to refuse to actively participate in an ecological catastrophe?
When one refuses to ignore the barely comprehensible suffering of pigs, chickens, and cattle, etc.?
You should know that veganism is a very promising way to soon be able to feed 10 billion people adequately without completely destroying the earth.
If you are interested in saving our planet, of course.
To dismiss that as “scandalous ideology” is cheap, belittling, and simply idiotic!
And by the way: Meat eaters are really militant, there are a lot more of them than militant vegans, and they are also much more aggressive: because they have no argument against non-meat eaters, except that they want to support their “French farmers and butchers”!
My best regards to all, Venus
Update from German: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLovdoYiU-1/?igshid=1uez95eiy3m84-(Video)
On Monday, a number of farmers in #Lyon demonstrated against the abolition of #meat dishes in the city’s school canteens. #Farmers drove their tractors through the streets of Lyon, dumping old tires and manure in front of the # government building to express their anger.
In protest, they set up a mini-farm with cows and goats on the square in front of the town hall.
“We are now in front of the town hall because they cannot enforce their ideas by force, especially the ban on meat in schools, allegedly because of the #corona virus,” said one farmer.
YES!! That’s how the farmers are, they always complain.
The farmers are also protesting against the anesthesia during piglet castration, they are jointly responsible for the groundwater contamination, the death of insects, and the resistance to antibiotics.
They keep thousands of animals in stables, crowded together, that have to live on their shit, without movement, employment, or daylight.
The farmers think it is completely okay to put pigs in cages for 4 months in which they cannot turn around, mothers take their children away, kill surplus piglets and when they have exploited cows enough, they let them kill the last money close.
The farmers claim that they do not torture their animals, but if I am not an animal torturer, then I do not use them for my economic interests either.
Well, the “farmers” are not forced into their profession and they could just as easily work as accountants, postmen, hairdressers, bakers, waiters, etc.
So yes! obviously they enjoy it. Or at least they don’t find it cruel enough to relax and maybe change jobs.