Entrevista ao responsável da Despensa d’Aromas – Loja de produtos biológicos
Pretendemos com esta atividade sensibilizar a comunidade para gravidade da insustentabilidade ambiental particularmente quando abordamos temáticas como a brutalidade do impacto global do desperdício alimentar. É impressionante como uns vivem com tanto enquanto outros sobrevivem(?) com tão pouco.
Os alunos do Agrupamento de Escolas de Caneças (AEC) estão a “escrever um livro eco”. A convite das coordenadoras do Eco-Escolas da Escola Secundária de Caneças e da Escola Básica de Castanheiros, alunos e professores das seis escolas que constituem o agrupamento registam os seus testemunhos sobre a necessidade de todos protegerem o planeta Terra, para além de realizarem uma reflexão sobre o papel do Programa Eco-Escolas no Agrupamento. O entusiasmo e a qualidade das páginas já produzidas determinam uma secreta esperança: candidatura a eco-agrupamento no próximo ano.
Olive trees can live for thousands of years. They are a good example of sustainability. Turkey and Portugal are producers of olives and olive oil. “What are the environmental characteristics favorable to olive growth? Which natural factors affect their production? Is the increase in olive oil production incompatible with environmental sustainability?”. The United Nations define sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. According to UNESCO, education is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development and an essential tool for informed decision-making and democracy. Approaching one of the objectives for sustainable development – ensuring that society has relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature by 2030 – we have surveyed the situation of olive growth in Portugal and Turkey.
Rising rates of obesity worldwide have been linked to the growing consumption of energy-dense foods, many of which are increasingly nutrient poor as refined grains, added sugars, and added fats have become the staple foods of today’s most families’ diet in western countries (WHO, 2016; DGS, 2017). At the same path the prevalence of nutrition related diseases have become higher and higher. Recent studies, however, point out a secret weapon to make up for our food excesses: The Mediterranean diet, the UNESCO’s intangible heritage.
Almost 6 out of 10 Portuguese (5.9 million people) are obese or already exhibit pre-obesity characteristics, and the prevalence of nutrition related diseases is very high among the Portuguese population. Hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes as well as some cancers have been linked to excess sugars, saturated fats and salt. Bad food choices can have an impact on health. Some pathologies can be prevented with a more informed population. Understanding what is written on the label of your yogurt or your favorite cookies, can it help you make a better and more rational food choice? Experts believe so.