Alison Plaumer, from the global environmental movement, has led a petition for more plant-based meals to be served in schools and other venues. She told one council there is a “racist element” to serving dairy because she believes a large percentage of the BAME communities is lactose-intolerant. More than 240 people have backed the campaign so far, reports Sussex Live.
Speaking at Brighton and Hove City Council meeting in March, Ms Plaumer said: “Arguably, there is a racist element to serving dairy too much because 65 per cent of the world’s population are lactose intolerant, many from the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community.
“Loads of parents around here give lots of support to this. What do children want? They want action. They want it now.”
The petition, seen by the authority, requests two plant-based days are introduced at state-run schools as soon as possible – and for all council-run events to be plant-based once the pandemic is over.
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine called the idea bonkers on his Channel 5 show.
People online have also blasted Ms Plaumer.
One posted: “If people think food is racist then they are not qualified to be near a school.”
Another said: “I am lactose intolerant and not from the group you name so what point were you making? Food cannot be racist.”
One person shared: “I wish these snowflakes would just melt away.”