Preface by Cathy Geibel TLB writer/reporter
Here we go again, big government telling parents how to raise their children. Parents are being bombarded from every angle… from vaccines and now to whether or not their children can be fed a Vegan diet. It’s interesting that when faced with a situation that would only require some additional education “government” goes straight to putting something into a law that will violate an individual’s right to choose. But then again, to “governments” we are not individuals, we are subjects and owned by them.
This article mentions Dr. David Suzuki and references his views on global climate change, that being CO2 and meat consumption. Whereas I do agree humans could stand to derive more of their protein from plant sources, I do NOT agree that cows and their flatus or our expiring CO2 is causing said climate change. This is yet another ploy in the globalist handbook to make us feel guilty about being alive and sets the stage for depopulation.
And while we are on the subject of climate change….. what ARE those lines in the sky? Geoengineering of the weather perhaps? We are supposed to be going into a mini ice age, could all this aerosol spraying be causing one big huge layer over our planet trapping in the heat? Answer me that one Dr. Suzuki. Oh that’s right… you won’t talk to the anti Geoengineering camp. (CG)
By Lorraine Chow
A Italian member of parliament has proposed a controversial new bill that would put parents behind bars if they restrict their children to a vegan diet.
The so-called “Savino law” would “stigmatize the reckless and dangerous eating behavior imposed by parents … to the detriment of minors.”Flickr
The draft bill states (in Italian) that a vegan diet is “devoid of essential elements for [children’s] healthy and balanced growth,”
According to Savino, a diet that eliminates meat or animals products such as eggs or milk can leave children lacking the vitamins necessary for their development such as iron, zinc, B12 and other nutrients.
Under the proposed law, parents would be jailed for a year for raising a child on a vegan diet, up to four years if the child develops a permanent health problem and up to seven years if the child dies as a result of the diet, Reuters reported.
Savino has presented the proposed law in the lower house Chamber of Deputies.
“I have nothing against vegans or veganism as long as it is a free choice by adults,” Savino told Reuters.
“I just find it absurd that some parents are allowed to impose their will on children in an almost fanatical, religious way, often without proper scientific knowledge or medical consultation,” she added. “Do-it-yourself on these matters terrorizes me.”
The measure follows four Italian cases over the last year and a half where malnourished children were hospitalized after being fed a vegan diet. The most recent case happened in June, when a two-year-old girl in serious condition was hospitalized in Genoa. Doctors found she had a lack of the vitamin B12 and low hemoglobin levels. The health problems were possibly linked to the young girl’s vegan diet.
Health professionals speculated that the guardians of the hospitalized children did not know how to supplement a vegan diet for a child’s dietary needs, BBC reported. For vegan or vegetarian children, it important they take supplements or consume fortified foods for important nutrients.
Savino’s bill highlights the spreading belief in Italy of “substantial health benefits” provided by a vegetarian or vegan diet. According to the BBC, there are three rival bills that are trying to implement more vegan and vegetarian options in Italian canteens.
In Italy, the home of cheesy and meaty dishes such as pizza and bolognese, more and more people are demanding organic and high-quality food products which they consider more sustainable and environmentally friendly, Euromonitor found. Not only that, Italians are switching to vegetarianism or reducing their meat consumption at increasing rates, with more than 6 million vegetarians or 10 percent of the country’s population—the highest percentage of vegetarianism in the European Union.
Last month, the new mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, proposed plans to create Italy’s first “vegetarian city.” As The Guardian wrote:
According to the [populist Five Star Movement’s] 62-page manifesto—which also called for better urban planning and the protection of public land—Turin’s new mayor said the endorsement of meat-free and even dairy-free living was fundamental to the protection of the environment, health, and the wellbeing of animals.
It’s true that a vegan or vegetarian diet is better for the planet. As EcoWatch Insights writer Dr. David Suzuki pointed out recently, if more people gave up or cut down on their meat consumption, the environment and climate would benefit substantially and would help prevent runaway climate change.
“Animal agriculture produces huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, consumes massive volumes of water and causes a lot of pollution,” Suzuki wrote.
According to the American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned” vegan or vegetarian diets “are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” A plant-based diet has a number of health benefits including lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates than nonvegetarians.
Savino told Reuters she has a 7-year-old son who eats meat “but not too much.” Her proposed policy will be discussed by parliamentary committees before going to the chamber for debate possibly later this year.
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