The EU voted on the aid scheme for supply of healthy, local food at school
On 8 March 2016, the aid scheme “for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments” was voted and adopted in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
On 7 March 2016, the Aid scheme was debated in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. All MEPs agreed on the great importance on teaching children, aged 6-10, healthy habits at an early stage at schools. As a result of this training, children would be familiar with traditional, local products and they would buy them in the future, which will be a great benefit for local farmers. MEP Edouard Ferrand noticed that we have a high quality document, which will be promoted local and European products in the EU. Furthermore, MEP Maria Noichl reported that thanks to this nutritional programme, “Children will be able to touch and feel that fruits are tasty. If we learn them healthy habits, they will become prosperous customers”.
Additionally, MEP Marijana Petir stated that this problem will enable Croatian children to eat local products, as olives, olive oil and honey and they will get this meal for free. Moreover, MEP Karin Kadenbach stressed that children will learn about eating non-proceed food and will enjoy pure and natural products without any added sugar or artificial. It was also pinpointed out that “children should be able to recognise where they live due to the products with which they grew up”.