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What does this mean?
It’s your right to have healthy food. This helps you stay alive, be healthy and well.
The Government tries to make sure you eat healthily in different ways. There are ads on TV and radio reminding you to eat healthily.
There is a sugar tax, meaning food with lots of sugar is more expensive.
EXAMPLE: In some schools, there is a breakfast club and healthy hot meals so you can eat healthily at school.
Learn more about this right
Do I have this right in Ireland?
- This right is part of your right to be alive and to be as healthy as possible.
- Article 24 of the UNCRC says “You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.”
- Article 27 of the UNCRC says “You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can’t do many of the things other kids can do.”
- Water from the taps in Ireland is usually clean. It is the Government’s job to fix it if the water is not safe to drink.
- The Government tries to make unhealthy food expensive and there are different websites where parents can go to learn about healthy food to give their children.
- The Government doesn’t give away food for free, but helps some schools provide breakfast and lunch for pupils.
Find out more
- European Food Information Council – Get some tips on staying healthy from the European Food Information Council
- Safefood – Take a look at the food pyramid and find out more about healthy eating from Safe Food.
- Healthy Food for All – Find out about what food poverty is from Healthy Food for All
- Foodcloud – How much food is wasted globally every year? Find out more about food waste from Food Cloud
- FAO – The Food and Agriculture Organisation for the United Nations explains the right to food