The vegetarian breakfast at the Kirchentag in Nuremberg enrages the farmers' association and the butchers' guild. One perceives the decision as exclusion, even as unchristian.
Nuremberg – The organizers of the Kirchentag in Nuremberg have decided that for the first time there will be an exclusively vegetarian breakfast in the community quarters. In a recent press release, the farmers' association "regrets" that the catering offers are to be almost exclusively vegetarian and organic and criticises this one-sided orientation.
"Blow to all conventional farms": Farmers' association dissatisfied with breakfast at the Kirchentag
For farmers' president Günther Felßner, balance and short food distances are part of a sustainable and environmentally conscious diet. "Therefore, meat and animal products must also be on the menu so that regional agriculture and local crafts, such as butchers and bakers, are supported," says Felßner. He hopes that the guests at the Kirchentag will have their own choice when it comes to eating and "will not be patronized".
There was no white sausage breakfast at the Kirchentag (symbolic picture). © bernjuer/Imago Images
The farmers' association also takes a clear position on the decision to offer an exclusively vegetarian breakfast. According to the association, it is a "blow to all conventional companies if the organizers of the Kirchentag want to leave their products completely out of the picture".
No alternatives: Farmers' association is against meat substitutes
For the farmers' association, meat substitutes are not an alternative to meat at the Kirchentag. The association justifies it with the fact that the products are highly processed and partly enriched with additives. He raises the question of "whether a piece of natural meat would not be healthier and more environmentally friendly here".
The motto of the Kirchentag is "Now is the time" and Christine Singer, state farmer and chairwoman of the state committee for animal production, refers to it. "Now is the time to also acknowledge the role and importance of domestic agriculture as a producer of high-quality food," said Singer.
Butchers' guild against vegetarian breakfast: No meat is exclusion
The butchers' guild Mittelfranken-Mitte is also dissatisfied with the decision on breakfast and criticizes. It was a "paternalism of the mature Kirchentag visitor" for Konrad Ammon, head master of the butchers' guild. Even though he emphasizes that he has nothing against vegans and vegetarians, he feels that it is an exclusion that is "not worthy" of a church community if there are products for breakfast that were not produced in artisanal workshops.
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Ammon thinks that "an ideologically driven church community has nothing to do with Christianity," reported Bild. The organizers emphasize that the vegan and vegetarian diet is becoming more and more important, but they do not prohibit anyone from doing anything. They see the Kirchentage as a sustainable major event and therefore attach great importance to organic products. "The Kirchentag does not dictate to anyone what he or she should, may, can eat," Milena Vanini, press spokeswoman for the Kirchentag, told Bayerischer Rundfunk. On the part of the church, there are no objections if visitors to the Kirchentag also want to eat "three Im Weckla".
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