Good idea for school milk

Michael Gove has taken a lot of flak since he took over the brief of Education Secretary in 2010, however his announcement that, from January, schools must be able to provide semi-skimmed milk to all school children is certainly worthy of praise.

Regardless of what the vegan advocates over at VivaHealth have said, milk is an important dietary requirement for schoolchildren who are not intolerant to lactose. The benefits of milk go far beyond simply its high calcium content. A typical 200ml glass of semi-skimmed milk will provide 14% of a child’s requirement of Vitamin C.

While I respect the need for vegan-friendly alternatives such as soya or almond milk, the fact VivaHealth have spoken in favour of unhealthy, sugar rich fruit juices suggest this pressure group is beyond the pale and does not have a child’s nutritional well-being in mind.

Paul Nuttall,

UKIP North West MEP