Bio für Kinder
“Bio für Kinder” proves: organic food is an option
Organic food is manageable: Since 2006, the project “Bio für Kinder” has demonstrated that organic nutrition in day care centres and schools is wanted and manageable. In total, 32 institutions participated in the project’s pilot phase from 2006 to 2012 and served over 660,000 organic meals.
The result: A healthy main dish – 100 per cent organic – is at average only 13 per cent more expensive than a comparable conventional meal. The changeover took place smoothly and with hardly any problems. Providing organic meals is easy if you know how to do it. To change your way of thinking is the most important part.
Organic food for ALL kids: A change in thinking is also needed in politics. Hence, “Bio für Kinder” is politically involved in the public discussion about “Catering for schools and day care centres”. The involvement started to bear fruits. In November 2011, the Munich City Council decided to raise the share of organic foods used in municipal day care centres up to 50 per cent and the share of fresh food products up to a minimum of 30 per cent.
In 2013 they even raised the share of organic meat used in public day care centres up to 90 per cent. The fish used stem from sustainable fishing. This is unique in Germany. However, the goal is not reached yet.
If it’s possible here, it’s possible anywhere. “Bio für Kinder” shares experiences with other cities and regions all over Germany and offers advice and support concerning the changeover process to decision makers, multipliers and practitioners.