Vegetarians in France Now Banned From Pretending That Vegetarian Food Is Actually Meat

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Legislation in France will prevent vegetarian foods from using names that imply they contain meat.

This means that certain terms, such as “vegan bacon” and “vegetarian sausage” will not be allowed in the country.

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In the future, foods that do not contain meat will not be able to be labelled using terms like steak, fillet, sausage, or burger.

A man named Mr. Moreau, who is a farmer as well as a member of the President’s “En Marche!” party, used social media to address the matter. He tweeted that it is important to fight against false claims. The terms cheese and steak, he wrote, will only be used for products of animal origin.

Anyone refusing to comply with the legislation could be fined up to 300,000 Euros.

For understandable reasons, reaction to the ban is sort of a mixed bag. Many find it nonsensical, and others find it entirely pointless.

Simon Burgess tweeted about the matter, jokingly commenting that there must have been millions of customers who decided to purchase vegetarian sausages and were surprised that there was no animal content. “Thank goodness,” he tweeted, that they have been saved from “this terror”.

A reply from user Ptby16 talked about ordering a beef wellington and being surprised that it did not keep their feet dry.

Wendy Higgins, an employee of Humane Society International, described the situation as a shame. It is a shame, she said, that the country of France has adopted a position of “defensive paranoia” instead of embracing vegetarian and vegan food.

She added that it will not stop the rise of what she described as “compassionate eating”. She believes that nutritious, delicious, ethical, and Earth-friendly benefits will prevail—no matter what products are called.

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In other news, a Toronto restaurant owner recently made headlines for eating a steak in front of a gathering of vegan demonstrators. Those demonstrators were protesting his eatery.

The owner, Michael Hunter, refers to himself as “The Hunter Chef”. After throwing water on the demonstrators’ pavement chalking, he carved the leg of a deer in a window, and he then ate it. While he ate it, he was looking at the demonstrators.

The protestors were at the restaurant to ask Michael Hunter to add “vegan steak” to his establishment’s menu. They were apparently met with what was described as “taunting”. There was also a sign that said “venison is the new kale”.

The leader of the activists is named Marni Ugar. Marni revealed that the restaurant being protested is busier than ever because the video of the protest went viral.

She said that the owner could have sat down and had a conversation with the group of protestors; instead, he is refusing to answer emails.

Marni claims that she is not really bothered by the boom in business. The bottom line for her, she said, is the number of dying animals.

Vegetarianism refers to abstaining from consuming the flesh of any animal (e.g., red meat, seafood, poultry, etc.). Vegans abstain from using animal products. Some vegans simply refuse to actually consume animal products—such as eggs and milk—while others refuse to use animals for any purpose (e.g., for clothing, etc.)

Veganism does have its benefits. Studies have shown that practicing veganism reduces a person’s risk of heart disease; many health organizations, such as The British Dietetic Association and Dieticians of Canada, think that veganism is appropriate at all stages of one’s life—including during pregnancy and infancy.

Other organizations—such as the German Society for Nutrition—do not think a vegan diet is appropriate for children or adolescents, and also don’t recommend a vegan diet during pregnancy.

Vegan diets, in general, are high in dietary fiber, iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and folic acid. However, a vegan diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies. For that reason, medical professionals often recommend vegans to take supplements. Vitamin B12 supplementation is particularly important, as a deficiency in that vitamin can result in neurological disorders as well as blood disorders.

According to one 2018 survey, roughly seven percent of people in the United Kingdom identify as vegan. Another survey claims that six percent of people in the United States are vegan.

Written by Kevin Barrett

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