Primary school does not have to provide vegan school meals

Administrative Court Berlin: School may decide on food itself
( jur).Schools do not have to offer vegan school meals for the children. In a decision announced on Wednesday, 18 May 2016, the Administrative Court of Berlin ruled that "the entire range of different dietary beliefs" of parents and children are legally not obligated. These included, in particular, the Stone Age Nutrition, Low Carb, Low Fat, Raw Food, Separation Food, Fruitarismuns and Veganism.

In a specific case, the father of a daughter born in 2007 would not accept that his child was not given a vegan lunch at a full-day school in Berlin-Köpenick. His daughter feeds for ethical reasons vegan, so purely vegetable.

No right to vegan schooling. Image: luna- fotolia No right to vegan schooling. Picture: luna- fotolia

The district administrator basically rejected the fact that the pupil is provided with a vegan lunch, at least as long as the father does not submit a medical certificate about the necessity of the diet.

In his rejection, the father saw a violation of the freedom of conscience and the principle of equal treatment. Finally, consideration is given to other religious or health-based eating habits. In order to be able to enforce his request, he applied to the Administrative Court for legal aid.

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However, the Administrative Court rejected the application in its decision of 9 May 2016.The school had a wide scope for design, as it fulfilled its obligation to provide lunch. The school lunch for the students is based on the quality standards of the German Society for Nutrition. This does not recommend a vegan diet for children though.

According to the Berlin School Act, there is no obligation to take into account the entire range of different nutritional beliefs in the school, especially since the daily preparation of few vegan meals in large kitchens is "considerable difficulties".

The daughter will not be forced to take the non-vegan school lunch. She could bring her own food and warm up in the school while still taking part in school lunch. It is therefore not excluded.(fb / mwo)

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