A fully-vegan kindergarten will open in Germany this Summer - the first school of its kind in the country.
The Mokita Kindergarten, which will take in children aged three and upwards, will be run by a parent-founded association called 'Veggie-Kids'.
It has been granted the go-ahead by Frankfurt city authorities, despite fierce opposition from some local politicians, including Stefan von Wangenheim of the Free Democrats, who said a specialist told him that 'one could see this as a form of physical abuse'.
He added: "If parents were to send their kids to a Kindergarten which only provided fast food that would be just as dangerous for them as a vegan diet."
A spokesperson for the German Nutritional Society [DGE] told The Local that the organization is 'skeptical' about the plans.
She added: "While we don’t fundamentally recommend parents not to raise young children vegan, it needs to be done with a high level of knowledge and the additional use of supplements.
Local authorities have said they will monitor the 40 students closely to ensure they are receiving all necessary nutrients.
But the school has big plans, aiming to 'provide a sustainable, full-fledged, vegetarian nutritional concept that empowers children to eat healthily and responsibly with regard to animals, fellow human beings, and the environment'.
It wants to teach children 'to take account of conflicting goals when considering strategies for action [and] reflect their own mission statements and those of others'.
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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