ITALIAN SCHOOL MEALS GO ORGANIC TO HELP TACKLE GMOs etc
Italian schools must introduce organic food: minister
FromAgence France Presse - 8 November 2000
Italian schools are to only serve organic food once a project dear to Italian Agriculture Minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio and municipal authorities has been adopted.
"Throughout Italy we need school restaurants serving organic food, " the minister said Wednesday in a reaction to the latest consumer panic over "madcow" disease but also concern about genetically-modified foodstuffs. He said he was also working to impose a reduction of pesticides over a three-year period, but added: "I don't know if we will succeed."
Italy is growing organic foodstuffs on one million hectares (2.5 million
acres), the largest area in any European country, according to Pecoraro
Scanio. He said the decision to favor organic food was designed to keep
tainted food off store shelves and genetically-modified foodstuffs from