Food and Reggio… educating through mealtimes

“From proprietary seeds to the recycling of organic wastes, the debate around food covers the entire gamut: production, distribution, sales, and consumption.  Many questions – cultural, economic, and political – remain unanswered.”[1]

“the Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools of Reggio Emilia decided a number of years ago to introduce nutritional principles into the school diet that would foster health and well-being. Now as then, the intent is to support the construction of a bond between the children and food, in the awareness that it is no longer possible to sit at the table without paying attention to food quality, wholesomeness, and safety, the provenance of food products, the quantity of fats and sugars, and the variety of meals.

The dietary behaviors most frequently found in our society show attitudes that are certainly not virtuous (quick meals, the absence of fruit and vegetables, excessive consumption of snack foods, phobia of new foods), confirming the urgency of an educational intervention that is able to develop the culture of a healthy and proper diet, right from the early years of life.”[2]

“We believe that the winning card can be played at the level of food goodness, sensory gratification, and gustatory satisfaction.”[3]

[1] P10 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia  [2] P10 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia   [3] P11 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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