Calls for Government to review resource pack that tells children to eat less meat
The Minister for Communications and Climate Action Richard Bruton has said he went through a controversial teacher resource pack on climate change in “broad terms” but didn’t go through every exercise before endorsing it.
It comes as Fianna Fail and farm organisations called for the Government to review the pack.
The guide, developed by An Taisce, includes asking children if they are reducing their carbon footprint by “eating less meat and dairy” has come in for strong criticism from farming bodies the IFA and ICMSA as well as Fianna Fail.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Horticulture and Food Jackie Cahill says farmers across the country are furious with the government’s refusal to review the content of the Green Schools content regarding meat and dairy consumption for children.
“Farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated with this government. Earlier in the year, the Taoiseach stated that he was planning on eating less meat, upsetting beef farmers and undermined Bord Bia’s work, and now the Green Schools programme is promoting Meatless Mondays and a reduction in dairy.”
He called on the Government to immediately have the content of the programme reviewed by the national authority on dietary advice before having schools endorsing it.
IFA President Joe Healy said there was mounting farmer anger that Environment Minister Richard Bruton would support a call for teenagers to consume less meat and dairy products.
“This is not consistent with the dietary advice from the Department of Health. It is clear that many parents already find it challenging to ensure that their children eat a balanced diet.