After previously recommending a reduction to no more than 600 grams of meat per week per person – the average person in Germany today consumes 763 grams of meat per week – the German Nutrition Society (DGE) now wants each German person to consume no more than 10 grams per day, or 70 grams per week, of meat, which amounts to just one sausage per month, per person.
Why the sudden change, you might be asking? According to the group, it is now having to take into account "climate change" factors in addition to just nutrition standards, hence the massive reduction.
German media headlines state that the DGE "is no longer just concerned with health reasons" for making its recommendations, but is now taking into account "global warming" and other "woke" factors as well.
"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," one sub-headline on the subject reads.
(Related: Global warming ended 12 years ago, according to scientists.)
According to the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture, even just halving the amount of meat Germans consume every day would bring the country one percentage point closer to its climate goals. This is a misnomer, of course, as the energy sector is what is producing the most carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
In a statement, Heike Harstick, general manager of the meat association, expressed disgust over the proposal, warning that many Germans are already malnourished and in need of more food, not less.
"Even in Germany, many people are already undersupplied with certain nutrients such as iron or vitamin B12," she said to BILD.
"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," she added, further noting that the new planned reference values are "in no way scientifically proven."
The good news for Germans is that DGE's recommendations are not legally binding, but are rather just that: recommendations. People can choose for themselves how much meat they want to eat, and the DGE has no power, thankfully, to stop them.
What the DGE could try to do, though, is limit certifications strictly to restaurants that comply with its recommendations. The DGE, after all, is the body responsible for issuing certifications, which serve as a stamp of approval that a food establishment is safe and clean.
"Indeed, it awards certificates to canteens," one report explains about the DGE's duties. "Those that do not have it are almost considered unhealthy. Will the nutrition authority continue to issue certifications to canteens that offer meat beyond the recommended quota?"
Back in December, the new nutritional strategy proposed by the German Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir, entitled "The Pathway to the Federal Government's Nutrition Strategy," was adopted by his cabinet and slated for approval by the end of this year.
Expectedly, many people are upset about the proposal and scoffing at its recommendations. Who does the German government think it is trying to regulate how much meat people consume anyway?
"I do not know whether vegetarians or greens are more evangelical and intolerant," one commenter wrote in ridicule of all this anti-meat madness.
"I would go with climate fanatics," responded another. "They think they're saving the entire world."
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