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Revista de Nutrição

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SILVA, Ana Paula Ferreira da  and  SOUSA, Anete Araújo de. Organic foods from family farms in the National School Food Program in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.6, pp.701-714. ISSN 1415-5273.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732013000600009.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the supply and demand of organic foods for the schools of Santa Catarina according to the National School Food Program regulation. METHODS: This is a descriptive and exploratory study. In 2010 an electronic questionnaire was used to investigate the percentage of organic and conventional foods purchased from family farms by 293 municipalities of Santa Catarina. Later, the school food buyers from 52 municipalities who bought organic foods from family farms were interviewed on-site. The data were expressed as absolute and relative numbers by municipality. RESULTS: Most foods were consumed locally, and 17.7% of the municipalities bought organic foods from family farms in 2010. Dieticians, farmers, and cooperatives experienced difficulties. Most farmers' and cooperatives' products were not certified, and the farmers experienced production problems, requiring technical support. Dieticians complained about the lack of product certification and low supply of organic foods. According to farmers and cooperatives, the limitations of selling to schools were the low demand, transportation difficulties, and product seasonality. Despite the difficulties, the municipalities in Santa Catarina are purchasing some fruits, vegetables, and other foods from family farms. CONCLUSION: Organic locally-produced family farm products are included in school meals. However, dieticians and family farmers need to dialogue.

Keywords : Organic agriculture; School feedings; Foods organic; Menu planning.

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