Revista de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0034-8910
ELL, Erica; OLIVEIRA E SILVA, Denise; NAZARENO, Eleusis Ronconi de e BRANDENBURG, Alfio. Conceptions of healthy eating among ecological farmers in Paraná, Southern Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp. 218-225. Epub 24-Fev-2012. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102012005000020.
OBJECTIVE: To describe ecological farmers' conceptions of healthy eating. METHODS: Study with a qualitative approach. In January and February 2007, supported by a guide, in-depth interviews were conducted with 11 women and one man who were living in an agricultural community in Rio Branco do Sul, Southern Brazil. The interviewees were selected randomly from among the 20 ecological farming families in this municipality. RESULTS: Three analysis categories were identified: "awareness of healthy eating"; "purchasing power" and "healthy land". The significance of healthy eating for the female farmers involved the idea that foods should be natural, without agricultural pesticides or manufactured chemical products. The daily routine should include abundant consumption of fruits, greens and other vegetables, in addition to the basic rice, beans and meat, and the composition of dishes should aim towards prevention of obesity and chronic-degenerative diseases. Care regarding natural resources in order to ensure production of healthy foods, food safety, environmental sustainability and the future of life on the planet form part of the concept of healthy eating. CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge, self-criticism and discernment accompanied the conceptions of healthy eating.
Palavras-chave : Women; Organic Agriculture; Feeding; Food and Nutrition Education; Health Knowledge [Attitudes]; Health Knowledge [Practice]; Qualitative Research.