Safe food in the name of healthy future

The school year is coming to an end, during which the EU-funded ‘Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains area’ (COVCHEG) project has organized a Slow Food Education course and paid great attention to informing and educating young and old consumers so that they can choose quality, clean and fair food products by preparing didactical kits as Tasty Lessons, tools for sensory education and responsible consumption for the students, and “Ark of Taste goes to school” on biodiversity.

We offer the idea to all people who are implementing educational projects this year or who are not just indifferent to the theme of a healthy future to provide a final lesson for the benefit of themselves, the project participants, and the planet.

We invite you to take part in the International UN Day to draw the attention of participants and the public to the issues of proper nutrition and responsible consumption and to strengthen the acquired knowledge, skills, and habits. There are many international food days that we can celebrate in connection with the completion of the training course:

  • May 20 – World Bee Day
  • May 22 – International Biodiversity Day
  • June 5 – World Environment Day
  • June 7 – World Food Safety Day

For example, on World Food Safety Day, young people can rethink the relationship between food and health, learn about food safety and how to prevent several foodborne illnesses by changing their simple daily activities. The safety of the food we consume is ensured through the selfless work of all those who grow, process, transport, store, sell, prepare, and present the food. Safe food is essential for a healthy life, prosperity of the economy and planet, including a healthy future.

In regard with these days, the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (FSA) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Office in Azerbaijan has launched a series of awareness-raising events. As part of the event, printed materials on “Ensuring food safety is everyone’s responsibility” were prepared and presented to various businesses and restaurants operating in the food chain. These publications highlight the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in ensuring food safety.

Schools, preschools, children’s and youth creative centres and summer camps can host these events in the canteen, classroom and yard. Parents can organize such events independently and hold them at home.

IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING THE WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY

Arrange a meeting with food producers, processors and preparers to talk about food safety and how to follow the rules in this regard. you can use the materials of the “Meet the Producers” lesson material of “Tasty Lessons” tool to get ready for the meeting.

Hold tasting or culinary master classes with local producers and chefs to introduce children to local products that are good for their health.

Watch together the World Health Organization’s animation – Five keys to Safer Food and then discuss it.

Organize a flash mob using local seasonal fruits or vegetables. For example, the “We eat apples for health and safety” challenge. If it is impossible to use an apple variety grown in June and there is no traditional apple variety since the fall, choose other fruits or vegetables grown in your region during this period (for example, for Italy these fruits and vegetables are: cherries, peaches, apricots, green peas, sweet pepper). Offer your friends, photographers, and journalists to eat pre-washed fruits or vegetables with clean hands at the same time, so that people understand the importance of seasonality and food safety.

Hold sports and entertainment activities: organize jogging, marching, dancing or fitness classes to promote food safety, such as insurance of longevity and health.

Arrange a food safety competition and invite participants to submit their views on the problem to disseminate information through thematic posters or pictures. By placing the best work in public places, food safety can be highlighted.

Invite participants to make a video, interview, or report on food safety principles. Share the video with your friends, classmates and group mates and post the video on your school’s website.

Take a group photo of your event (face-to-face or online) use materials related to World Food Safety Day, tools on celebration of the 2021 World Food Safety Day,  “Tasty Lessons” on sensory education and responsible consumption, materials on biodiversity, “Taste of Ark goes to School” and write to us about your plans at [email protected], and share photos on social media with the hashtag #SlowFood, #WorldFoodSafetyDay.