The NFU has contacted Tesco to raise its objections with a new advert shown on TV yesterday (10 October 2019) promoting a move towards a vegetarian diet which sees a child state, “daddy I don’t want to eat animals anymore”. The advert is entitled The Carl’s ‘All Change’ Casserole advert, which is part of Tesco love stories.
NFU President Minette Batters has this morning written to Tesco to outline our members significant concerns with the language used within the advert and how it has caused significant distress for British Farmers.
The NFU believes that messaging such as this is demonising meat as a food group, which not only has negative connotations for farmers but also for the avocation of customers eating a healthy balanced diet.
The NFU is clear that food and nutrition must be looked at as a whole, rather than food groups in isolation. Meat as a food group provides naturally rich in protein and are a good source of iron, zinc and essential vitamins. There are certain parts of the population, especially teenage girls, who are currently not eating sufficient quantities of these micro-nutrients to fulfil their dietary requirement.
We believe it is vital that children do not establish misleading views of food groups, which may later affect their health and diets.
As well as continuing to follow up with Tesco on this issue, the NFU will be pushing strongly for the message of a balance diet approach within the National Food Strategy.