Lyon: the ecologist town hall sets up a unique menu without meat in schools for health reasons

There will be no more ham or ground beef in the canteen. From Monday, schoolchildren in Lyon will benefit from a unique menu without meat, due to a decision taken by the new ecological municipality, reports Progress, Sunday February 21. This choice was made for “health reasons”, explained Mayor Grégory Doucet (EELV).

“The new health protocol imposes a separation of two meters in school catering. The single menu will allow us to speed up the service and thus allow us to welcome all the children”, said the assistant in charge of education, Stéphanie Léger. The elected representative also clarified that eggs and fish will continue to be served and that this decision is provisional and may change depending on the health situation.

On Twitter, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin however denounced a “unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers”. “We can see that the moralist and elitist policy of the ‘Greens’ excludes the working classes. Many children often only have the canteen to eat meat … Scandalous ideology”, he asserted.

According to a 2017 ANSES study, cited by Le Monde (article reserved for subscribers) people with higher education consume more fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, people who stopped at elementary or college prefer meat (excluding poultry) and potatoes.

The Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie also declared to have seized the prefect of the Rhône and declared: “Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates! Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it.”

“We did not hear you say these words to Gérard Collomb, a member of your political family who had taken exactly the same measure during the first wave” of Covid-19, replied Grégory Doucet on Twitter.

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