Traditional Slovenian breakfast focuses on role of soil for healthy food

Slovenian Food Day is observed on the third Friday in November, this year focusing on the role soil plays in quality and safe food. School children around the country will be served a traditional Slovenian breakfast.

The nation-wide campaign goes twelve years back when the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association launched a project to encourage schools to serve local honey for breakfast. Over the years, the "honey breakfast" project has evolved into Slovenian Food Day promoting locally produced food and the benefits of eating breakfast. This means that more than 250,000 children at schools and kindergartens get Slovenian honey, bread, butter and milk, and locally grown apples for breakfast on this day.

"We're all aware that healthy soil is a precondition for healthy and safe food," Aleksandra Pivec, the minister of agriculture, forestry and food, said as this year's campaign was presented to the press on Tuesday. This is also important to preserve jobs in rural areas and protect the countryside. "And the climate aspect too is important, as short supply chains mean less greenhouse gas emissions". She believes the Slovenian traditional breakfast campaign and Food Day are especially important in raising awareness about local food because they involve the young. The minister also pointed to the fact that the share of locally produced food used for school meals in Slovenia was around 40%.

Given this year's focus on soil, the main partner in the campaign is the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. Minister Jure Leben stressed that Slovenia had diverse but quality soil, adding that "together, we have to do all in our power to protect it." He said the ministry was active in this respect, pointing to several polluted ex-industrial sites which are being cleaned up or where this process should continue.

Text: STA