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Organic school food policies are supportive for healthier eating behaviours – results from an observational study in Danish schools

Chen, He; Løes, Anne-Kristin and Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg (2010) Organic school food policies are supportive for healthier eating behaviours – results from an observational study in Danish schools. British Food Journal. [Submitted]

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Purpose – The purpose of this study was to examine whether organic food intervention strategies in Danish school meal systems can support the development of healthier eating patterns among pupils.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper investigates the interrelation between the two trends: healthy eating and organic consumption. The study was undertaken among school food coordinators through a web-based questionnaire in selected Danish public primary schools. Food strategies of “organic” schools were compared to those of “non organic” schools. The questionnaire explored the attitudes, policies/intentions and actions in relation to organic and healthy foods served in the schools.
Findings – Results indicate that organic food intervention strategies can be supportive for strategies to increase the healthiness of school eating patterns.
Social implications – The municipalities and other public bodies increasingly recognize their responsibility to support sustainable food production methods, such as organic agriculture, by choosing this kind of foods in public institutions.
Originality/value – This paper provides the organic food strategies in schools that may increase the availability of healthier food options and promote healthy eating habits for pupils.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:iPOPY, organic food, eating habits, children, school food service, health, school food and nutrition policy
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
Related Links:http://www.agrsci.dk/ipopy
Deposited By: He, Mrs Chen
ID Code:17422
Deposited On:27 Aug 2010 10:53
Last Modified:27 Aug 2010 10:53
Document Language:English
Status:Submitted
Refereed:Submitted for peer-review but not yet accepted

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