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Schools In New Zealand Will Teach Children to Avoid Meat And Dairy

by | May 29, 2020

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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Farmers believe they are being unfairly treated (Dmitry Pichugin/Shutterstock.com)

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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.

Do you think this change to the curriculum is a great step forwards? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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6 Responses to “Schools In New Zealand Will Teach Children to Avoid Meat And Dairy”

  1. Rex Chookolingo
    May 31st, 2020 @ 4:47 am

    Teaching children that animal agriculture has an adverse effect on the environment is a great idea because it most certainly does. As a vegan who thinks that the bigger issue is the deleterious impact caused by the cruelty of raising animals for food has on the psyche of young impressionable minds. They need to know that animals are not unfeeling commodities that are born to serve the needs of mankind.

  2. Rex Chookolingo
    May 31st, 2020 @ 4:51 am

    Please allow me to edit my comment: Teaching children that animal agriculture has an adverse effect on the environment is a great idea because it most certainly does. As a vegan who thinks that the bigger issue is the deleterious impact caused by the cruelty of raising animals for food has on the psyche of young impressionable minds, I would like to add one more suggestion to the curriculum. They need to know that animals are not unfeeling commodities that are born to serve the needs of mankind.

  3. Alix Coe
    May 31st, 2020 @ 5:14 am

    Totally agree with you, Rex!

  4. Joe Armstrong
    June 1st, 2020 @ 1:25 am

    I am totally opposed to this. Teach them the impacts of fossil fuels. The impacts from meat farming are dubious and are being diminished each and every research project. There are greenhouse gases and there are greenhouse gases. Methane from cattle for example breaks down in 8 years while others take much longer. Vegans have introduced misanthropy as main stream conduct as well as discrimination against omnivores. Such hatred should not be tolerated and that is what should be taught in schools. Oppressors should be explained to the kids. Take their shoes from them and make them walk over broken glass because shoes are non vegan. This is what these misanthropes want. A vegan diet also causes leaky gut, digestive and bowel issues (that is why vegan foods have methyl cellulose (laxative) in them, early onset dementia and strokes, high rates of tooth decay, reproductive system issues especially stopped periods for females, water usage e.g. 1 pound of cashews, a vegan staple, uses more water to produce than 1 pound of beef, kidney stones, psychiatric issues, just for a few things. Make sure kids learn about brain shrinkage, human evolution, synthetic chemical dietary supplements (medicine by any other name) that they will have to take. I teach my kids to value food and eat a balanced diet, not a diet set by an unemployed nutter with a keyboard that hasn’t grown a bean in their life.

  5. Alix Coe
    June 1st, 2020 @ 5:22 am

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. It’d be great to know where you heard these claims about vegan diets causing those health issues as would have to disagree based on the current science available to us.

    Also there’s a wide range of vegan shoes available these days 🙂

    Have a great day,
    Alix

  6. Chris Phillips
    June 9th, 2020 @ 4:35 am

    Joe Armstrong, You are right about the Methane breaking down in 8 years, but it still affects the world. But the most important aspect is the amount land needed to feed animals for food. In organic & pasture farming it os about 5 times the land area needed. BUT the worst cases (I hope nor happening in New Zealand) is factory farming, that can used upto 25 times the land space. Factory farming is also inhumanely cruel as well. In geneneral causes two dreadful things, one depletion of wild life, and starvation (of poor Humans) in the poor countries, due to those countries selling their veg food to factory farms. (I hope this is not applicable in NZ. But it is DREADFUL in some countries (Like the USA)

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