Swedish farmers giving kids free burgers on meat-free Wednesdays

Jan. 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

NYKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A Swedish farmers association said it is counteracting a school's meat-free Wednesdays by handing out free hamburgers to the children.

Karin Andersson, chairwoman of the Lantbrukarnas riksforbund farmers association, said members will hand out free burgers to students outside the Nykoping school on Wednesdays, which is the day chosen by officials for the school to serve vegetarian meals, TheLocal.se reported Wednesday.

The school's lunch plan was inspired by the Meatfree Monday movement, which encourages Swedes to give up meat for one day each week for health and economic reasons.

"We think the municipality is doing this for the wrong reason," Andersson told the Sodermanlands Nyheter newspaper.

"It sends out the wrong signals," Andersson said of the school's meatless Wednesdays. "That it's not good to eat meat and we feel accused."

Andersson said her group is hoping the hamburger giveaway will inspire debate about the country's meat industry and the jobs that depend on it.

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