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The integration of organic food in kindergarten diet

Alenka Stanonik (2018) The integration of organic food in kindergarten diet. Diploma thesis.

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    Organic food is produced by organic farming which is a form of farming that ensures the production of high-quality and secure food. Organically produced food is produced without chemical fertilizers, pesticides and GMO’s. Use of hormones as growth stimulators as well as the prevention use of antibiotics and antidepressants is also forbidden. All those criteria help to ensure the highest quality of organic food. Integration of quality food in kindergarten diet is very important, as it is to introduce organic food to the children. Slovene regulation on the Green public procurement of food establishes a minimum share of organic food in kindergartens which is 15%. Kindergarten children are getting experiences and habits which are transferred into different age stages. This is why it is necessary and useful to introduce organic food to kindergarten children, because healthy diet influences the health of individuals as well as the next generations. In our thesis we used a descriptive method with research on integration of organic food in kindergarten diet by nutrition specialists in kindergarten and on what kind of difficulties they experience by doing that. For research purposes we made a questionnaire, which was sent to nutrition specialists in different kindergartens in Slovenia. We have established that employees in the majority of kindergartens are informed on integration of organic food on daily menu. Kindergartens also participate in different external projects, which are intended to offer food as well as to integrate children in various activities and are thematically connected to organically produced food. While procuring organic food, nutrition specialists often experience insufficient offer and high prices of organic food. They include organic food on the kindergarten menu, because it is healthier for the children and at the same time they support local and Slovene food production. Their opinion is that in the future more organically produced food should be incorporated in kindergarten diet. Considering the results of our research we propose that a minimum share of organic food in kindergartens and that the terms of procuring organic food in kindergartens become better..

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: organic farming, organic food, quality food, kindergarten, kindergarten diet
    Number of Pages: 27
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stojan KostanjevecMentor
    asist. Martina ErjavšekComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12150089
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5382
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 13:59
    Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 13:59
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5382

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