"Whilst many health advisory organisations are suggesting we cut down on meat and eat more fruit and vegetables Nicolas Sarkozy and the French government are going against the wholegrain and have legislated that meat, fish and saturated fat rich animal products always be served." London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston revealed today
In a recent Press Release from the World Cancer Research Fund they said.
Women in the UK are 17 per cent more likely to develop cancer by the age of 75 than the European average ‘Together with other factors such as being physically active and eating a healthy plant-based diet without too much salt or red and processed meat, these changes could make a real difference to the number of women who develop cancer before the age of 75. “Overall, we estimate about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating healthily, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. And for breast cancer, which is the most common type of cancer, about four in 10 cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) was asked by the UK Department of Health to review dietary advice on meat consumption as a source of iron. Based on that report a government committee, which included a number of doctors, said those consuming more than 100g of red or processed meats per day - the equivalent of as little as two thick cut back bacon rashers in one leading supermarket - may need to be told to cut their intake to reduce risk of colerectal cancer.
The EVU (European Vegetarian Union) report, in a typically defiant, fly in the face of the facts move, the Government in France are moving in totally the opposite direction
Following a law voted last year by the French Parliament(1) The French have legislated meat must be served in schools, similar decrees will be taken shortly regarding almost all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population.
A governmental order issued on October 2, 2011(2) has determined that all meals served in school canteens in France must contain animal products, and that meat and fish will be served at a certain minimum frequency. This implies that by law from now on no vegetarian can eat at any public or private school in France.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is binding on member states including France, holds that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.(4)
The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as in many other countries. Citizens are entitled to choose freely where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, accept to eat animals must not be discriminated against.
A government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions. For years, the official policy of the French government has been openly hostile to vegetarianism.(5) The French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, declared in January 2010 that the government's aim in determining its public nutritional policy was to defend the French agricultural model and specifically to counter initiatives such as those of Paul McCartney calling for a reduced consumption of meat.(6)
Footnotes: 1. "Law for the modernization of agriculture and fisheries", published on July 27, 2010.