Climate alarmism is a pathetic excuse to push food tyranny. The global elites, who likely have a hand in this, need a better script next time.
A report by the German newspaper Bild expounded on the radical proposal. It wrote: "The background to the planned meat reform is something completely different. In the future, environmental factors such as 'sustainability' will also be taken into account in the recommendations."
The paper described the society's recommendation as "sudden and radical," explaining that Germans consume an average of 109 g of meat daily – amounting to about 763 g weekly. "The population will, therefore, have to drastically change its eating behavior if it agrees to comply with the new strategy," it noted. Earlier, the DGE had also recommended reducing meat consumption – albeit at a more tolerable 600 g per week.
The DGE's recommendation incidentally aligned with guidance from the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture. According to the chamber's calculation, Germans reducing their meat consumption by half would bring the country one percent closer to its "climate goals." (Related: Siemens chairman urges people to stop eating meat during speech at World Economic Forum.)
"No one wants to ban people from their occasional currywurst," the DGE told Bild. "But overall meat consumption in the population is too high for health and sustainability reasons. It's a scientific fact."
But Dr. Heike Harstick of the German Meat Industry Association (VdF) begged to differ. She pointed out to the newspaper that reducing meat consumption would increase the deficiency of particular nutrients among the German population.
"Even in Germany, many people are already under-supplied with certain nutrients such as iron or vitamin B12," she said. "If the new nutritional recommendations presented by the DGE were to remain and such a drastic reduction in animal-based foods recommended, the deficiency would increase."
A June 4 article on Climate Depot expounded on the Bild report. It mentioned: "From now on, environmental factors are also an integral part of the evaluation criteria of the nutrition agency. This means that it no longer confines itself to stating how much meat is healthy, or what kind of meat to avoid, it also takes into account the [carbon dioxide] balance of food."
While the piece noted that the DGE only publishes recommendations that aren't mandatory, it continued that the society is also a certification body.
"Some activities depend directly on the approval of the DGE, this is particularly the case for school canteens. Indeed, it awards certificates to [them]. Those that do not have [DGE certificates] are almost considered unhealthy," Climate Depot remarked. "Will the nutrition authority continue to issue certifications to canteens that offer meat beyond the recommended quota?"
Moreover, it noted that the DGE's radical directive to eschew meat has been taken into the new nutritional strategy proposed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The strategy put forward by German Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir was adopted by the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz in December 2022. A plan is due to be approved by the end of 2023.
The recommendation to radically reduce meat consumption is not limited to Germany. Its southeastern neighbor France also urged French citizens to limit their meat consumption to 500 g per week.
Citing health authorities in the country, the French Court of Auditors suggested in a detailed report released May 22 that consumers should not eat more than 500 g per week – about 71.4 g daily. The report noted that 28 percent of French adults were exceeding this threshold.
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