Free fruit for schoolchildren: School fruit program of the EU starts in Stuttgart
The European Union (EU) has started the so-called "school fruit program". The aim is to encourage young people to eat fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables. In Baden-Württemberg, up to 400,000 children could be reached with the program.
The European Union (EU) has started the so-called "school fruit program". In Baden-Württemberg up to 400,000 children could be reached with the program. Baden-Württemberg has so far been the first and only federal state in Germany to take part in the school fruit program. In the eyes of other federal states, problems are probably too high an administrative burden and low financial resources.
The program costs a total of 5 million euros. The EU is providing 2.5 million euros for the program. The state of Baden-Württemberg did not want to co-finance the other half, which is why school authorities, parents' associations and sponsors have to help out here. The first pupils from the Wilhelmsschule in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim will be able to enjoy free fruit. Critics complain that the effort for the program is not related to the benefit. However, it is not possible to find out how and who calculates the benefit.
It is generally assumed that obesity, diabetes, dental diseases, etc. can be traced back to an increased consumption of sugar-containing ready-made foods. Here, especially with younger generations, a fresh rethink is to be carried out preventively by offering fresh food. People who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables are less likely to be affected by cancer and diseases of the cardiovascular system. One reason for this is said to be the secondary plant substances, which have multiple effects in our body.
The Federal Minister of Consumer Affairs Ilse Aigner (CSU) recently asked to place fruit instead of sweets at supermarket checkouts. Their demand was backed up by figures that the proportion of children living in Germany with obesity and overweight was very high at around 15 to 18 percent (between the ages of 7-17). (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, February 23, 2010)
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