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Organic school meals in three Danish municipalities

He, Chen (2008) Organic school meals in three Danish municipalities. Poster at: IFOAM, Modena, Modena, Italy, 19 June 2008. [In Press]

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In order to prevent children and young people from becoming overweight or obese, it is imperative to promote healthier eating patterns. So it is necessary to develop and implement effective strategies that can influence the eating and lifestyle habits of young people. Healthy school meal programme is considered to be an effective strategy to promote such changes and increasingly such strategies become embedded organic supply polices and strategies that pursue environmental goals. The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look into the current status of the organic school meal programme in Denmark. Three municipalities which are involved in the organic school meal programme are chosen as the study subjects.

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The evidence proves that providing organic school meals in Denmark is a complicate process. Firstly, the traditional lunchbox has shaped the eating style of children at schools for long time. This is based on the food culture in a country. Meanwhile, the school meals are not free of charge, and the organic ingredients involved make it more expensive. So there are a low amount of pupils choosing school meals. Secondly, so far the government has not given any extra budget to the school meal service, and no national guideline for the percentage of organic food in the school food has been set. So in the respect the public organic procurement policy can be extended by aspiration of the society. Last but not least, providing only organic food to school children is far from enough. Encouraging our children to establish healthy eating habits will need long-term effort to complete and be successful.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic food, school meals, healthy eating, POP, FNP, iPOPY
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
Denmark > DTU, DFVF - Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research
Deposited By: He, Mrs Chen
ID Code:14060
Deposited On:28 Aug 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Status:In Press
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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