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Providing organic food for millions of Italian pupils. How do we make it?

Spigarolo, Roberto; Sarti, Valerio and Nölting, Benjamin (2010) Providing organic food for millions of Italian pupils. How do we make it? In: Strassner, Carola; Løes, Anne-Kristin; Nölting, Benjamin and Kristensen, Niels Heine (Eds.) Organic Food for Youth in Public Settings: Potentials and Challenges. Preliminary Recommendations from a European Study. Proceedings of the iPOPY session held at BioFach Congress 2010. CORE Organic Project Series Report. , ICROFS, CORE Organic Project Series Report, Tjele, Denmark, pp. 17-28.

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Italy has successfully improved the quality of school meals over the last decade. Actors from policy and
public administration put emphasis especially on the quality of the used products; they should whenever
possible come from controlled and certified production. In this paper the focus is on organic products.
This paper analyses three crucial aspects of the procurement of high quality school food: a) strengths and
weaknesses of organic supply chains in the perspective of producers and caterers; b) call for tenders being
used as a key instrument by municipalities, being in charge of school food procurement, in order to influence
the quality of school food; and c) best practice cases of municipal school food systems which combine
supply chains on the one hand and municipalities and their activities on the other hand.
The preliminary results suggest that an integrated approach is needed for high quality school meals. Various
stakeholders should be brought together, to discuss their demands and increase the understanding

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Lecture
Keywords:iPOPY, Italy, school meals, tenders, contracts, catering
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:17142
Deposited On:01 Jun 2010 08:56
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 08:56
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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