Schools In New Zealand Will Teach Children to Avoid Meat And Dairy
Schools in New Zealand will start to teach children about the environmental harm the meat and dairy industries cause.
This change to the curriculum has been widely criticized by farmers in the country, who believe they are being unfairly demonized.
“Don’t Have A Clear Scientific Basis”
“It’s clear that farming has an impact on the climate, so does everything, and we need to be very clear” said Tim van de Molen, a member of New Zealand’s parliament.
“What we are seeing currently (with) proposals that people should be looking to have Meatless Mondays, or that dairy farming is terrible for the climate, (are that) those sorts of things are very opinionated and don’t have a clear scientific basis”.
The new guidance is being implemented as New Zealand strives to become carbon neutral by 2050, and looks to animal agriculture as the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions.
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New Zealand Farming
Farmers have been quick to point out that the agricultural industry accounts for 60 percent of exports from New Zealand.
“If they are going to continue to bite the hand that feeds them, and farming feeds New Zealand, then they are going to lose out in the long term” said Malcolm Lumsden, a dairy farmer in the Waikato region.
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