In Grenoble school canteens, the default menu is now vegetarian. But the parents of pupils overwhelmingly chose the option of alternating fish and meat. It does not matter for the EELV mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle, who is pleased to distribute three times more vegetarian meals each week than the national average. According to its opponents, this pro-meat plebiscite is nevertheless a real snub.
Parents of Grenoble pupils do not want vegetarian menus in the canteen. In this new school year 2022, the ecologist mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle wanted to highlight vegetarian food by standardizing the menus of school canteens and offering vegetarian menus by default.
“The new standard menus are vegetarian. The logic is reversed: you have to ask to eat meat and / or fish”, announced the elected official on September 1, in the wake of a provision voted on by the municipal council in month of June for ecological reasons.
On the program three menus to choose from: the vegetarian standard, the blue based on fish and the red alternating meat and fish.
“We know where the Khmer Verts want to go”
But the initiative did not gain many followers. 94% of parents chose the option with meat or fish, reveals The Dauphine Libere, which specifies that 80% of Grenoble pupils have lunch in the canteen.
A snub that some opponents of environmentalists have not failed to comment on. “I’m happy to see that even the people who elected Eric Piolle reacted. Let there be a vegetarian initiation, ok. But the school canteen is a place of discovery, where we awaken children to their sense of taste. But we know where the ‘Green Khmers’ want to go”, estimated this Wednesday on the set of “Grandes Gueules”, on RMC and RMC Story, the farmer Didier Giraud, who fears an imposition of ” veganism”.
“We must fight this doctrine from the first implementation, as it was there. I’m happy that people reacted, 94% it’s a good big slap,” he adds.
Eric Piolle had already reacted on Tuesday after such feedback: “In no case was there a desire to impose a menu or even a refusal from the parents of students: there is a choice between three options. And 7% of 100% vegetarian meals, it is more than three times the national average!”, specified the elected official.
Livestock farming, responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions
Since 2021 and the Climate Law passed by the National Assembly, a compulsory vegetarian meal has been served every week in school canteens. The objective is to reduce the carbon footprint of food while livestock farming is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report by the United Nations Organization for the Environment. food and agriculture (FAO).
But the farmer Didier Giraud brings a nuance to this study and to the accusations against breeding: “My meat produced with grass has a better carbon footprint than the tofu steak produced in Brazil by tearing up the Amazonian forest”, holds he to remember in the “Grandes Gueules”.
The debates surrounding meat consumption have been raging lately. In August, it was Sandrine Rousseau, the elected ecologist of Paris, who called for “a change of mentality so that eating a steak cooked on a barbecue is no longer a symbol of virility”, before discussing the impact of meat consumption on the planet, triggering the controversy between vegetarians and carnivores.