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Organic food in schools and kindergartens in Trondheim. A case study report.

Bårdsen, Mari Greta and Løes, Anne-Kristin (2010) Organic food in schools and kindergartens in Trondheim. A case study report. Bioforsk, Tingvoll, Norway.

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In October 2007, the municipality of Trondheim, Norway decided to increase the public
consumption of organic food. The share of public schools and kindergartens offering organic food
should be increased by 20 % within 2011, as compared to 2007. Trondheim has for several years had
an ambitious aim to increase the consciousness among children and youth about environmental
issues, and the project “Children‟s Green City” had been an important tool in this work. The
decision made it relevant for the research project “innovative Public Organic food Procurement for
Youth” (iPOPY) to use Trondheim as a research case. This report describes the background for the
municipal decision about organic food, and what has been done to implement it. Several employees
in the municipality and other stakeholders have been interviewed. Even if the decision puts up a
quite modest goal, there are several challenges to achieve it. The point of departure (how much
organic food was served by kindergartens and schools in 2007) is unknown, and hence the progress
is difficult to measure. In the public purchasing agreement, the municipality has obliged its
appointed wholesaler to offer organic products. The intention was that the units (e.g. schools)
would get easier access to organic food, and that the demand would increase, making it possible for
more local farmers to convert to organic. Purchasing agreements are an important tool, but they
have to be carefully designed and developed with time. The largest challenge to achieve the
organic goal in Trondheim is to motivate actors who may influence the purchase of food, and to
anchor the intentions in the decision in such a large organisation as the municipality is. A
committed and continuous effort is required. Education and training of staff in charge of food
serving in schools and kindergartens is a fruitful

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:iPOPY, school food, Norway, organic consumption
Subjects: Food systems
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
DOI:Vol. 5 No. 18, iPOPY discussion paper 1/2010
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:16681
Deposited On:28 Jan 2010 10:45
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:42
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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