‘War economy’ – Clinic boss dismantles government plans to reduce meat consumption

The federal government is developing a “nutrition strategy”. The recommendations of the German Society for Nutrition are decisive for this. Now a clinic manager is picking apart their ideas for reducing meat consumption – and refers to the proximity of the supposedly independent experts to politics.

The Acura clinics in Baden-Baden have criticized the federal government’s plans to reduce people’s meat consumption in unusually clear tones. In a Facebook post, the managing director of the clinic, Dirk Schmitz, primarily settled accounts with the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), whose recommendations are to be incorporated into the nutritional strategy to be developed by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

However, according to Schmitz, the DGE does not work independently. Rather, it is a 70 percent “government-financed community of desire to implement woker undemocratic ideas about life”:

“In fact, this political group is concerned with no less than the overall control of German nutrition, most recently in the two world wars. In short: an encroaching paternalistic institution.”

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This “preliminary organization of higher wishes for omnipotence” already has a comprehensive influence on community catering in schools and other institutions through its recommendations and the “certifications” based on them. Now she recommends an upper limit for meat consumption of 3.6 kilograms per year. That equates to about ten grams a day. Schmitz evaluates this recommendation as follows:

“For growing children and old people, that’s structural assault by a detached minority.”

He compares the recommendation to the shortage economy caused by the blockade of the First World War:

“Before 1914 (!) the average meat consumption in Germany was around 1 kilogram per person per week, i.e. 52 kg per year 250 grams, so only 25 percent of it – but still about 13 kg!”

In 2022, per capita consumption in the Federal Republic was 52 kilograms per year. This value is already below the EU average of 66 kilograms. Schmitz also emphasizes the importance of meat-based nutrition for health:

“We at the ACURA Clinic offer a special program of ketogenic nutrition especially for overweight rheumatological patients with considerable natural success in terms of health and weight loss. Due to the lack of carbohydrates, this is largely meat-based.

The ketogenic diet is a therapy used in medicine. Here, the carbohydrate supply is reduced in such a way that the body begins to cover its energy requirements not from glucose, but primarily or exclusively from fat and from the eponymous ketone bodies built up in the body, which serve as substitutes for glucose.

The clinic also offers vegan and vegetarian components, but always relies on the “voluntary nature of our responsible patients”:

“We will reject the recommendations of the German Society for Nutrition e. V. (DGE), which the author believes are idiotic, never implement them and fight them in our association-political hospital committees as unscientific and party-politically motivated.”

At the end of his contribution, Schmitz once again refers to the amalgamation of the supposedly independent DGE with politics. He mentions that the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Cem Özdemir, handed over a “funding certificate in the amount of almost 3.8 million euros” to the DGE. Purpose of the funds according to the DGE: improving the quality of community catering and making canteen food healthier and more sustainable. Schmitz continues:

“The ‘independence’ of this society is proven, for example, by the psychologist Prof. Britta Renner, Vice President of the DGE, and at the same time ‘Member of Board’ of the green ‘think tank’ Agora, known from Mr Habeck’s Graichen affair, and Deputy Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Agricultural policy, nutrition and consumer health protection at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (WBAE).”

The Acura CEO concludes his post with an appeal:

“Share the post, fight back. Especially to parents and relatives of seniors in care facilities: Do you want your children to become mandatory functional vegetarians? Should grandparents’ retirement end like in war? My point of view: Better healthy! But the state does not have the right to dictate the nutrition of its citizens. Everyone has the explicit right to live unhealthily. That is freedom!”

The Acura clinics had already attracted attention during the Corona crisis with posts on their pages that were critical of the measures. In October 2022, Managing Director Schmitz drastically criticized Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) in an open letter and described him as “seriously mentally disturbed”.

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