Proposed Italian law would jail parents of vegan children

August 12, 2016 by  
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A new bill before the Italian parliament could make it illegal for parents to feed their children a vegan diet – including up to a year of jail time even in cases where children are perfectly healthy and meeting their nutritional needs. The draft bill is the creation of Elvira Savino, a member of Italy’s center-right Forza Italia party. In the proposed bill , Savino refers to the vegetarian or vegan diet as “reckless and dangerous” and claims it is “devoid of essential elements for [children’s] healthy and balanced growth.” This is at odds with the stance of many health organizations – the American Dietetic Association , for instance, advises that parents must be careful to ensure children receive the nutrients they need (and vitamin B12 in particular), but says that otherwise the diet is safe and suitable for children. The law appears to be a reaction to several recent high-profile child neglect cases within the country where children were hospitalized for malnourishment after being fed a vegan diet. Doctors believe the parents in these cases were misinformed and didn’t understand how to properly supplement a vegan diet to meet the needs of a growing child. Though these cases are obviously tragic, the solution would be to provide better education to new parents rather than throwing them in jail for their dietary choices. Related: Meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef previews in San Francisco Savino’s heart may be in the right place – the bill would penalize parents whose children become injured or ill through malnourishment with four years in prison, and six years if their actions result in the death of the child. But the bill’s narrow targeting of vegans is unfair, especially considering that there are surely other laws already on the books meant to protect children from neglectful situations. For the moment, the bill is still just a proposal and nowhere near becoming a law. It needs to be discussed by parliamentary committees and then it will be passed to the chamber for debate later in the year. Hopefully Savino’s colleagues will see just how ridiculous the proposal is and it will be scrapped soon. Via Jezebel Images via Jessica Spengler and U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Beautiful lakeside cabin puts a fresh spin on the traditional Finnish log cabin

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Nestled within a high latitude pine forest, Cabin K blends into its surroundings with a timber facade. Following the example of traditional Finnish cabins, the architects built the gabled Cabin K using pine logs and treated the exterior with iron oxide to accelerate the natural graying of the wood. Vertical strips of pine clad the exterior to protect the logs from the elements. A small pine deck is set above a rocky ledge to overlook views of the lake and extend the cabin’s interior into the landscape. Related: Green-roofed cabin is a stunning cantilevered retreat accessible only by boat Despite the cabin’s traditional outward appearance, the interior is surprisingly spacious and light-filled. Large windows on the north and south sides pull natural light into the building to illuminate a double-height living room and a treehouse-like loft. Untreated pine logs are used for the walls, floors, and bare roof rafters. “The design combines old ways with new technologies,” write the architects. “The gable roof form and log walls are common in Finnish cabins, while the details, volume, and quality of light are unexpected.” + Studio Kamppari Via Dezeen Images via Studio Kamppari

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