The Chairman of Mayo IFA Martin Gilvarry, with the IFA President Joe Healy,is calling on Minister Richard Bruton to immediately withdraw the Green Schools teacher resource pack, produced by An Taisce, which encourages students to eat less meat and dairy.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment is visiting Mayo tomorrow for a number of engagements, including a Climate Action Forum in GMIT IN Castlebar.
The resource pack that has been sent to schools, is promoting veganism and therefore is not acceptable, Mr Gilvarry insists.
He says the appropriateness of An Taisce’s involvement in the Green Schools programme should also be reviewed by the Department of Education and Science.
The IFA accepts that the Green Schools initiative has been a very positive educational programme, but accuses An Taisce of crossing the line by including dietary advice in their resource pack, arguing that it is beyond the remit of An Taisce and it not consistent with dietary advice given by the Department of Health, the competent authority, on balanced diets.
Mr Gilvarry told Midwest News today what he and members of Mayo IFA will say to the Minister tomorrow.