The “Organic Food in Public Catering – Putting Health and Sustainability on the Plate Conference” will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, on March 5 as an accompanying event to the International Food Fairs SALIMA 2008. The goal of the conference is to support the introduction of organic and local food in public catering. The Organic Food in Public Catering Conference is the first conference in the Czech Republic and Central Europe to focus primarily on the role of public catering, particularly school and hospital meals, in delivering both health and environmental benefits. A range of international experts with practical long-term experiences and will highlight best practice in various European countries in sustainably produced organic food use in public catering. This conference underlines the importance of putting food from sustainable sources, ideally organic, on the school, hospital, or any other public catering dinner plate to deliver benefits of public health, social justice, sustainable development and thriving local economies. The conference speakers are experts with years of experience in the establishment of organic and sustainably produced foods in public catering. One of them is Mrs. Silvana Sari, head of the education department at the Municipal Authority of Rome, who will be sharing her experiences in the introduction of organic food in school canteens in Rome. In the capital of Italy, over 150,000 organic meals are cooked every day for local school children.
What are the experiences of introducing organic foods into schools, hospitals, and retirement homes in Austria? This will be the topic of a lecture by Mrs. Rosemarie Zehetgruber. Joanna Collins will present the Food for Life project, which aims to support the use of local and organic food in schools in Great Britain. Organic food produced by local farmers is also on the menu of the patients hospitalised in the Cornwall Royal Hospital. How this was achieved will be the topic of Roy Heath, the project’s coordinator. In Germany, there are over 1,500 canteens that are certified for serving organic meals. Rainer Roehl will present the advantages and challenges of this big project that is supported by the German government. The conference participants can also look forward to other interesting presentations of experiences from Austria, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Denmark.
The one-day conference is aimed at professionals and civil servants working in the sector of public health, education, production, and distribution of food. The delegates of the conference will have the opportunity to get acquainted with many inspiring people, for whom the production of healthy food and meals is not just a mere job, and they will also have the opportunity to speak with the cooks, teachers, and professionals in catering that are already using organic food in their everyday practice.
The conference Organic food in public catering also offers a good opportunity of meeting with colleagues and experts from the field, taste excellent organic meals produced by renowned chefs, and to visit the International Food Fairs SALIMA – the biggest Central European meeting of food experts and professionals.
Basic information about the conference
March 5, 2008, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Brno Exhibition Centre, Hall E, auditorium of the Press Centre
With: IFOAM – International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
Partners: Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic, South Moravian Region, Statutory City of Brno
Guarantor of the expert programme: Tomáš Václavík – Green Marketing