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Return of killer diseases blamed on ‘WholeFoods mums’ who refuse to vaccinate their children:

“It’s the WholeFoods mums; you’re trying to be organic, you’re trying to do the right thing for your kids and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Well, do I need to inject these things? Is it really a risk?”

Hey, I resent that. I’m all for whole foods. I’m also all for following my kids’ vaccination schedules and twice-yearly visits to the dentist.

Here’s where I could get really preachy

I got to sit down and watch a bit of What the Health while nursing Eliza down for a short nap this afternoon. Here are some thoughts from other people over the claims made in the documentary.

I had a lot more to say about this and our mostly plant-based, real food diet at home, but it’s too preachy, and I hate being preached at (ask my born-again mum). It’s like there’s a Church of Vegan and while I regularly attend, I don’t want to say too much about it because evangelical vegans really annoy me.

Just eat real food, mostly plants. Your gut will thank you.

What shall we eat

A recent conversation with a friend has been centred around food and meals, as she has realised that her daughter has a number of food allergies. Having dealt with this already with Eliza (they do not have the same allergies), and with our push to maximise plant-based whole food at home, I was telling her as much as I could remember about diet and plant-based sources of protein, calcium, etc.

And I then realised, Hey, I actually know a lot about food. Not I-can-answer-questions-on-Mastermind knowledge, but it’s a buttload more than before, when my only interest was how it tasted.

Well, I feel virtuous

Four things we could do to make the biggest impact, as individuals, to combat climate change:

“We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car free, and having smaller families. For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.”

If you can (you know, based on where you live or work), you should give up the car. Just hire one when needed. It’s completely doable.

How can anyone fucking vote for these people?

Ministers in abrupt U-turn over fire safety in schools:

Part of the revised draft guidance – which the Observer has learned will now be dropped – removed the requirement that sprinklers be included in the design of new schools and stated, instead, that “school buildings do not need to be sprinkler protected to achieve a reasonable standard of life safety”. It also said it “no longer includes an expectation that most new school buildings will be fitted with them”.

When the draft guidelines were published, teaching unions and fire safety organisations protested again but formed the impression that ministers were not listening and that the consultation was a sham.

Last week, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, the revised draft guidance had been removed from the DfE website. Amid signs of panic, officials tried to insist that there had never been any intention to change policy.

The Conservative Party: no longer watering down fire safety requirements for schools because it’s a definite vote loser after Grenfell. So nice to know the country has them on which to rely.