William Taylor, FFA UK NI co-ordinator, says the Steering Committee of FFA in Northern Ireland have grave concerns about school children and young people becoming vegans early in life.
He said there is a concern about not knowing the full facts and consequences of veganism on their growing bodies, should they fall short of natural necessary nutrients during their growing years. In an effort to help these youngsters make the right decision, the FFA say they must be told the whole story from the outset, and say that the Vegan Society must be held to account for their propaganda material.
The FFA NI have subsequently sent a letter to the Vegan Society, voicing their concern over the message being portrayed to the younger generation.
“Farmers For Action UK NI are most concerned about the high profile veganism message being put out across the UK. Particularly in relation to its effect on growing school children and young people who very much need their full intake of calcium, iron and other essential natural nutrients for them to grow and develop.”, it reads.
“These youngsters must be told all of the facts and not the selected few, thus the question Farmers For Action would like your organisation to answer.”, it continued.
The letter followed on by calling for the group to explain their promotion methods.
“Whilst Farmers For Action fully support all sectors of farmers across the UK we feel that your organisation must explain how your promotion does not highlight to these same growing school children and young people, just how many worms and soil microbes lose their lives during soil preparation to grow the vegetables your veganism requires – this is the real world!”, it stated.
The letter concluded with a question for the vegan society.
‘Will your advertising in future and definition of veganism clearly state in equal size print that worms and soil microbes will die in the process of growing the vegetables required for veganism?’, it stated.