Furious farmers rail against plant-based school dinners05/01/2023
‘This is a slap in the face for British agriculture’: Fightback against plant-based school dinners begins as furious farmers vow to resist council moves to go vegan by scrapping all meat and dairy products from menus
- A Tory MP has claimed vegan menus at council events are an ‘assault on farming’
Britain’s furious farmers have today begun the fightback against plant-based school dinners as councils move to scrap all meat and dairy products from menus in a bid to go vegan.
The Countryside Alliance warned that a new ‘plant-based’ international treaty signed by several councils in the UK that promotes taxes on meat and bans the expansion of farms is a threat to British agriculture.
At least nine councils serve only plant-based meals at their events and actively promote vegan lifestyles within their communities.
Exeter City Council has set itself a target to have fully vegan catering by the end of May and Labour-controlled Lewisham council has expanded food options in schools to ensure there is a meat free day every week. Meanwhile, authorities including Norwich City Council and Edinburgh City Council have already voted to back the Plant-Based Treaty.
Blasting the initiative, Sir Robert Goodwill, chairman of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee, called the measure a ‘slap in the face for British farmers’ who ‘face the toughest time producing the best lamb and beef in the world’.
Farmers have blasted trends which have seen multiple local authorities moving towards plant-based food options
The Tory MP told the Times: ‘There’s nothing wrong with vegetarian food but we need a balanced diet which does include meat and dairy.
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‘Meat is high in iron; milk, dairy products are high in vitamins. And we don’t want children, some of them from poorer backgrounds who don’t get a decent meal at home, not getting a decent meal at school either.’
A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said: ‘Rural communities and livestock farmers are increasingly on edge due to attempts by animal rightists to restrict and even eradicate their way of life. We are urging the rural electorate to scrutinise local election candidates and to reserve support for those who will stand up for rural Britain.’
Speaking in support of the move, Cammy Day, the leader of Edinburgh city council, said: ‘By endorsing the Plant-Based Treaty the council is expressing support for a treaty to be negotiated at a global level as a companion to the Paris Agreement on climate. The Plant-Based Treaty is not legally binding.’
The ‘Plant-Based Treaty’ is an international movement that claims to act as a companion to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Agreement.
It includes radical promises like bans on converting land for animal feed production and a meat and fish tax.
Sir Robert Goodwill, chairman of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee has blasted the moves made by councils
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