Brazilian Kids Say Bye to Coke and Hi to Goat’s Milk

More than 60 thousand children and youngsters in 348 public schools in 26 municipalities located in the semi-arid region of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Paraí­ba will be the beneficiaries of an improved school lunch program.

The Goat’s Milk project, developed by the Food and Nutritional Security Council (Consea), will supply these students with milk produced by small-scale livestock breeders.


According to the president of the Paraí­ba Consea, Marçal Cavalcante, the idea is to improve the quality of the food served to these students and generate employment and income for small-scale rural producers.


Cavalcante says that the substitution of items on the menu will assure a school meal of better quality.


“The milk will be collected from the small-scale producers of the region and delivered to the municipal schools with the addition of chocolate and strawberry flavoring.


“Goat’s milk, which is second in quality only to breast milk, will replace artificial fruit drinks and soda pop, which have no nutritional value whatsoever.”


According to Cavalcante, the desire of the government through this project is to improve the conditions under which goat’s milk is produced and commercialized, thus enabling small-scale livestock breeders to invest in their properties, including the acquisition of equipment.


“This is generating work and income in the area of family farming. It is helping school administrators concern themselves with school lunches.”


There are eight milk processing plants in the semi-arid region of Paraí­ba. Half the amount paid to the small-scale breeders comes from the Zero Hunger program.


The initiative is part of the Family Farming Program and is administered in Paraí­ba by the National Supply Company (Conab). US$ 998 thousand (2.3 million reais) are earmarked for the program.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

London Blasts Shake Brazilian Market

Latin American shares ended mixed, recovering from losses at the onset of trading. A ...

'Out, Bush. The War Lord' say posters plastered in Brasília, capital of Brazil

Bush’s First Trip to Brazil to Be Marked by Countrywide Protests

The President of the United States (US), George W. Bush, will be in Brazil ...

Brazil’s Unemployment Rate Keeps Unchanged: 9.4%

The unemployment rate in Brazil’s six major metropolitan areas in July was 9.4%, stable when ...

Spare Me the Quotas and Other American Oddities

It has been revealed that two very white female candidates increased eightfold their chances ...

Escola de Samba’s Chief Found Shot in Brazil. No Leads, No Motives

The president of Estácio de Sá’s Escola de Samba (Carnaval Group), Flávio José Eleotério, ...

Brazil’s Wild West Has Largest Concentration of Slave Workers

The Brazilian states with the highest incidence of slave labor are Pará, Mato Grosso, ...

Brazil Agribusiness Grows 12% to Record US$ 44 Billion

Brazilian agribusiness exports broke a new record and reached US$ 43.6 billion last year. ...

Brazil Government Says It Has More than Delivered on Land Reform Promises

The official numbers are in: this year, Brazil’s National Agrarian Reform Institute (INCRA) settled ...

World Discusses in Brazil How to Curb Use of Pesticides in Food

Representatives of 158 countries are meeting in Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian northeastern state of ...

Brazil: 20% Jobless in São Paulo

Almost 2 million people or 20 percent of the economically active population are without ...