Reality needed on the value of cheese in diet
Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00
It's been a strange week in farming.
First, we had the vision of a scantily clad Rihanna prancing around a DUP councillor's grain field in Co Down.
Let's face it, this was as unlikely a scenario as a wacky science fiction scriptwriter could have divined.
However, it has almost been topped in the crazy stakes by suggestions from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) that the eyes of impressionable children should be shielded from the sight of cheese.
In a recently launched public consultation document from the BAI, it was proposed that adverts for a range of foods, including cheese, should be restricted where more than 50pc of the audience was under 18.
This issue was originally highlighted in this paper in a comment piece from the Town of Monaghan CEO, Vincent Gilhawley.
Since then, the controversy has really grown legs, with interested parties from all sides of the debate weighing in with their tuppence worth.
Now diets are one thing I feel a bit uneasy preaching on given the state of my own body mass index.