Galway East TD and Minister of State Séan Canney has got involved in the row over the Green Schools teaching resource pack, which encourages schoolchildren to reduce their meat and dairy intake, and introduce Meatless Mondays.
The issue was raised during the week by the IFA, who claimed An Taisce had overstepped their remit, and said the information contradicted advice from the Department of Health which says meat and dairy are essential for a balanced, healthy diet.
Speaking on Midwest News on Friday, the Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton said he would not withdraw the teacher resource pack, as this would amount to censorship.
However, Minister Séan Canney says An Taisce has gone over the top in encouraging children to reduce their meat and dairy intake.
He says the proposed lesson plan by An Taisce contradicts nutritional advice from the Department of Health and is also at odds with the EU School Milk Scheme.
Minister Canney also says farmers are being unfairly scape-goated, at a time when they're leading the way on climate action.