IFA President Joe Healy insists that there is mounting farmer anger that the Environment Minister Richard Bruton would support a call for teenagers to consume less meat and dairy product and he has again called for the withdrawal of a new on line Green Schools pack produced by An Taisce - promoting climate change advice .The school pack talks about reducing the consumption of meat and dairy in our diets. Farmers claim it promotes veganism.
However, speaking to Midwest News yesterday Minister Bruton was clear that he is not for turning on the provision of the Green Schools packs for school
He was adamant that censorship is not the answer, saying young people would not appreciate not being able to discuss what they eat and its impact on the environment.
Minister Bruton stated that when he was young there was always one day in the week that meat was off the menu and that was replaced by fish.
Speaking about the new Green School pack today Joe Healy says its content 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.
He concludes that the pack must be withdrawn or amended.