Wakes Labour Government blows over £400,000, on bugs for free school meals
Will your kids be eating chapulines?
The Welsh Government have provided financial support of £440,081.96 since 2017 on insects as an alternative food source, with £349,960 Awarded in January 2018 for Healthy Insect-based food for children.
Responding to the news, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Laura Anne Jones MS said:
Labour has wasted more than £400,000 in providing bugs as an alternative food source
“To learn that Labour have wasted more than £400,000 in providing bugs as an alternative food source is very concerning, Labour need to properly fund their free school meals and not waste money on dystopian futuristic meals for our children.
“With councils struggling to achieve the free school meal scheme within budget this will surely anger many staff and parents, who will be concerned about the quality and content of food being offered to their children and students. This hairbrained scheme could in fact have the opposite effect desired, and turn children back to packed lunches.
“Along with cutting the education budget in real terms this year, Labour instead prioritise this bizarre pet project. Children need nutritious affordable meals, preferably locally sourced, to sustain them through the school days and expensive bug farming is not the answer.”
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Samuel Kurtz MS added:
“We have an excellent farming industry in Wales, one that I am proud of. It is here the Welsh Government should be looking for a source of school meals. Using local produce for free school meals would stimulate the local economy, providing much needed support for the agricultural sector, whilst also giving pupils nutritious meals and parents peace of mind around traceability.”
“This shows the repeated undermining of Wales’ agricultural sector by the Cardiff Bay government. Only the Welsh Conservatives will be the friend to farming in Wales.”