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Organic foods in Danish municipal school food systems – a multistakeholder analysis of available evidence on constraints and perspectives

Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg and Olsen, Tenna Doktor (2009) Organic foods in Danish municipal school food systems – a multistakeholder analysis of available evidence on constraints and perspectives. In: Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg; He, Chen; Mikkola, Minna; Nielsen, Thorkild and Nymoen, Lena Lie (Eds.) Novel Strategies for Climate Mitigation, Sustainability and Healthy Eating in Public Foodscapes. Proceedings of the seminar held at Aalborg University, Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Denmark, November 25th-26th, 2009. CORE Organic Project Series Repo, ICROFS, CORE Organic Project Series Report., Tjele, Denmark, pp. 29-34.

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Previous studies have shown that organic supply and healthy eating initiatives in school food services share common features. Both types involves changes in supply, the collaboration of a number of different stakeholders and both include a physical food part as well as a non physical symbolic aspect. Studies have shown that introducing organic food in public food systems seems to affect the nutritional profile of the food service and anecdotal evidence suggest that organic supply forces food services to rethink menus leading to healthier menus and that introduction of organic foods often leads to adoption of a food & nutrition policy. The explanation might be that simply developing “food strategy” leads to a raise of awareness in school food services in such a way that both organic food and healthy eating tends to favor and that the notion of organic food and health eating in the minds of the decision makers is perceived as two sides of the same coin. Thus organic food supply and healthier food service seems to thrive in a symbiotic association and it appears that organic food seems to possess a “health improvement” potential that fits well with the prevailing ambitions that exists in many countries of making school settings for healthier eating initiatives.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:iPOPY, climate friendly, nutrition, school meals, healthy menus
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
Deposited By: He, Mrs Chen
ID Code:16702
Deposited On:10 Feb 2010 14:41
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:42
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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