Our lo(ve)go story
When we talk about Other Food, we really think about a love story. A love story which was made to think about the people around the world that don't have any access, living with high nutritional risks. Other Food was whole designed by ourselves: name and logo. Not because we didn't trust artists to do that, but we wanted to live and express our reality on the highest level we could.
We don't think that Other Food is a temporary project. It's real, it happened because the TFF Challenge, but it's going to go away, because we do believe that we can beat the hungry until 2050. Our logo is a fork with leaves because we don't think that we're going to beat the hungry by using monocultures or destroying just a kind of insect, for example. We not just believe, but we also know that we only can beat the hungry by introducing a whole new culture of diversity and nutritional security, leaving what's ordinary in our daily movements and bringing an extraordinary difference - for kids, young people and adults. The leaves on the fork bring to us the idea that we can be safe feed not at the expense of other insdutries or markets, but by ourselves.
We don't promote a miracle - differences that will come from nothing. We promote the knowledge for all ages, introducing a culture of the new, being able to understand that doesn't matter if you're in Brazil or if you're in German; if you're in the India or Senegal; other food will always be possible, neglected plaints prove it for us.
Have your "leaves-fork" and join us: other food is possible.
[video] Live Testing Other Food
This video shows the visit of our team (Other Food) to the Environmental Practices of Urban Centre Lewa in Novo Hamburgo. This center works with environmental, nutritional and food education, which meets the objectives of our work team. Strengthening our ideas horticulture and the management and cultivation of NUS are an alternative to combat world hunger.
NUS (Neglected and Underutilized Species) at School Feeding
The Other Food’s project has the idea of innovating the feeding through the using of NUS and the development of school gardens or community gardens with NUS. My internship project on Nutrition and Human Development at the University of the Sinos River Valley, Unisinos, São Leopoldo, is developed within the Other Food’s idea. We conducted an intervention study for introduction of PANC (Alimentícias Plants Non-Conventional) in 3 schools of Harmony, RS: Municipal School of Basic Education Jacob Kunzler (38 students), Municipal Elementary School Castro Alves (36 students), Municipal School of Education Elementary Prudente de Moraes (182 students).
The target audience were students of 3rd year, aged 7 to 10 years, the 3 Harmony’s schools: Prudente de Moraes with 19 students; Jacob Kunzler with 13 students, and Castro Alves with 9 students. Total number of study students: 41.
Activities developed in the 3 schools:
1. Activity on diet focused to fruit and vegetables (Knowing fruits and vegetables): were presented to the students several fruits and vegetables and whole after they were blindfolded and tried each one to guess the name;
2. Activities to explain the definition and types of NUS: NUS several were shown to the students and given to them for tasting. A folder with these NUS was given to each student;
3. Visit a local producer (Garden of Daisies): the 3 groups were taken to meet the Garden of Daisies in Harmony, RS. In the Garden, the farmer, the owner of the site, spoke to the students about teas and plants and showed them the place and plants, including NUS. At the end of the visit, the students received a snack: nettle bread with jelly and hibiscus tea;
4. Culinary workshops using NUS: students were taken to the school kitchen, using gowns and caps, to prepare recipes with NUS: ora-pro-nobis pizza and green juice. The carrot cake with physalis was not prepared at school, was brought ready and tasted by students along with pizza and juice, which were cooked to order. Was given to each student revenues of 3 preparations;
5. Developing a school garden of NUS: A garden with NUS was prepared in each school with the help of students and platelets were placed with the name of each plant;
6. Test acceptability of preparations with NUS: the 3 preparations tests (pizza ora-pro-nobis, carrot cake with physalis and green juice) were performed at 1 or 2 weeks in the 3 Schools. After the
Preparation and printed tests were delivered to the teacher from each class take students. Upon completion of the meal, each student marked what you think of the preparation. In Prudente de Moraes school the three preparations were accepted and the other 2 schools, only the pizza was accepted;
7. Activity with the parents to explain the importance of these plants: in 3 schools, talks were given to parents, to talk of NUS, was handed a folder for each family and NUS were exposed for demonstration.
Through this wonderful training experience it was possible to introduce NUS to the schools. The activities in schools were a unique experience, for Food and Nutrition working. It was very rewarding. Students from three schools were receptive, curious, interested and engaged. It was great to teach and learn with them. The teachers, the principals and parents were very welcoming and interested. This experience was very important, since thought the NUS was possible to educate their palates with new nutrients, sensations and a new alternative to complement THE CONVENTIONAL FEEDING.
Sharing our Define! *-*
Finally we can share our idea! What is the action of Other Food? After much learning and knowing about world hunger and its consequences. After learning about the human right to adequate food and its potential. After meeting spaces they value and believe that another feeding is possible, we share! Our idea is simple and yet bold, convincing people to grow gardens in urban areas and their perimeters choosing plants neglected by formal farming. You can know the complete idea here: https://prezi.com/2xra0ktq2bvw/other-food/. The image is the illustration of parts of them. Yes, the content is in Portuguese because it was the material that we use here in Brazil to talk about the idea with students of Agronomy, UFRGS. =)
The idea is not rolling out the garden without the participation of the people engaged in the various possible areas for this (accessing our facebook page that you will see several videos illustrating the idea!). Our project is divided into four phases: 1) Formation; 2) Recognition of the areas of deployment; 3) Implementation and 4) Maintenance
Always popular participation and appreciation of the previous history of knowledge communities.