The Italian parliament is considering outlawing vegan and vegetarian diets for children, based on obsolete science.
“Vitamin D” is easily obtained from 2 non-meat sources – sunlight, and mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight.
“Omega-3” is easily obtained from several non-meat sources – soy, walnuts, canola oil, flaxseeds & flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, chia seeds & oil.
“Zinc” is easily obtained from beans, nuts, and whole grains.
“Iron” is easily obtained from Legumes: lentils, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, lima beans. Grains: quinoa, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal. Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, squash, pine, pistacio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame
“Vitamin B-12” – While supplements can be helpful, it’s always better if you can get the nutrients you seek from “context” food sources, and indeed research is showing promising results from certain sea vegetables, certain mushrooms, specially treated hydroponic lettuce, and organic (but unwashed) produce, something most people would find unpalatable, but hey.
Obviously good nutrition can be achieved by vegetarians, (even vegans – no eggs or dairy), judging by the clear vibrant skin seen on vegetarians who educate themselves (and others) on where to get their nutrients.
If the Italian parliament takes up their member’s proposal, when she can’t even use Google as your humble correspondent just did to check the state of current research, they are “nuts”. What is her motive in proposing legislating science? As we see in the vaccine industry, when a lobbyist-funded government official feels they must legislate “science”, it’s not science anymore. It’s politics.
But that is a fight for Italian vegetarians.