[Evaluation of the inclusion of organic food from family-based agriculture in school food in municipalities of rural territories of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil]

Cien Saude Colet. 2014 May;19(5):1429-36. doi: 10.1590/1413-81232014195.14982013.
[Article in Portuguese]


Organic food enables the promotion of Food and Nutritional Safety (FNS) and sustainable regional development. In this context, the National School Food Program (NSFD) seeks to comply with the requirements of FNS. This study evaluated the inclusion of organic food in school food in the municipalities of rural territories of the state of Rio Grande do Sul by means of interviews with local managers. Eight territories were visited, albeit of its 153 municipalities only 102 comprised the sample for this study. Of these, 20.58% said they buy organic produce from family farms. The Center South Territory revealed the highest percentage of purchase, in which 40% of the municipalities visited purchased organic produce, followed by the Center Mountain Territory with 33.3%, while the lowest percentage was 7.1% in the Countryside Territory. The study identified the need for intersectoral action to develop organic production, as well as stimulate the consumption of these foods in the school environment, in order to meet the requirements of FNS.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture
  • Brazil
  • Cities
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dietary Services*
  • Family
  • Food, Organic*
  • Humans
  • Rural Population
  • Schools*