The DGE is no longer just about health – But the DGE is no longer just concerned with health reasons! The background to the planned meat reform is something completely different: in the future, environmental factors such as “sustainability” will also be taken into account in the recommendations.
Less meat consumption = better climate? The Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has calculated that even halving meat consumption would bring Germany one percentage point closer to its climate goals. Rather, the big chunk of CO2 emissions is the energy sector (including lignite-fired power plants).
︎ Heike Harstick, general manager of the meat association, is appalled. She tells BILD: “Even in Germany, many people are already undersupplied with certain nutrients, such as iron or vitamin B12. If the new nutritional recommendations presented by the DGE were to remain and such a drastic reduction in animal-based foods recommended, the deficiency would increase.” The planned reference values are “in no way scientifically proven”.
In general, the DGE emphasizes: “Nobody wants to forbid people to eat their currywurst occasionally. But overall meat consumption in the population is too high for health and sustainability reasons, that’s a scientific fact.”
According to a information reported by the German daily Bild, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) now recommends reducing meat consumption to 10 grams per day per person to combat global warming. A real earthquake in the land of currywurst.
On May 22, it was the Court of Auditors which suggested to the French, in a detailed report, to reduce their meat consumption to 500 grams per week.
A sudden and radical renunciation
The average meat consumption of Germans is 109 grams per day, or about 763 grams per week. The population will therefore have to drastically change its eating behavior if it agrees to comply with this new strategy. A previous recommendation from the same organization was less severe (600 grams of meat per week), so why such a reversal?
The German nutrition authority tells the daily Bild that it now takes into account factors other than just “health” to base its decisions on.
Cattle farming sacrificed on the altar of global warming
« No one wants to ban people from their occasional currywurst. But overall meat consumption in the population is too high for health and sustainability reasons, it’s a scientific fact“, indicates the DGE to the German newspaper.
From now on, environmental factors are also an integral part of the evaluation criteria of the nutrition agency. This means that it no longer confines itself to stating how much meat is healthy, or what kind of meat to avoid, it also takes into account the CO₂ balance of food.
Admittedly, the DGE only publishes recommendations. Just don’t follow them. Except that this body is also a certification body.
Not just a recommendation
Some activities depend directly on the approval of the DGE, this is particularly the case for school canteens. Indeed, it awards certificates to canteens. Those that do not have it are almost considered unhealthy. Will the nutrition authority continue to issue certifications to canteens that offer meat beyond the recommended quota?
Note that the directives of the DGE have been taken into account in the new nutritional strategy proposed by the German Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir. “The Pathway to the Federal Government’s Nutrition Strategy” was adopted by his cabinet in December 2022 and a plan is due to be approved by the end of the year.
Germany’s Federal Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir (Green Party) is now moving to force Germans to radically stop meat consumption by limiting meat intake to just 10 grams daily, which is equivalent to about 2 burgers a month. The German government’s latest proposal stems from recommendations made by the Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen (SRU) – German Advisory Council on the Environment, which is set up to directly advise the German government on policy. …
The government is advised to implement these radical nutritional measures as stealthily as possible. In the SRU document: “If it’s communicated in the future that cafeterias are required to follow the quality standards of the German Association of Nutrition, and it not be mentioned that it’s about a reduced amount of meat being offered, then there would possibly be less attack from the media.” …
The 222-page government SRU report has it all down, black on white. This is not conspiracy theory. It’s the blue print for the future of humanity, authored by a small group of elitist Germans who believe they know what’s best for the entire world. According to Reichelt: “What’s coming at us from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is nothing less than the largest, most radical and comprehensive upbringing measure in the history of the Federal republic of Germany.” […] “The language in this document sounds like it comes directly out of the utopia of a vegan surveillance state.” …
Meat should be difficult to access: In the event citizens insist on meat, then it should be made so that is hidden away and made difficult to find, advises the SRU – “like X-rated movies at a video store, hidden from sight in another room,” comments Reichelt. “Whoever reaches for it, should be ashamed.”
Taken off restaurant menus: At restaurants and other public eateries, meat would not appear at all on the menus, and would only be offered on a separate menu that would be handed to the patron only upon request.
What about the government officials themselves? Would they follow there own rules? Of course not. It turns out that Agriculture Minister Özdemir is hearty meat-eater himself. His wife was recently videoed preparing a 2-kg steak