Pandolea’s initiative “Bruschetta vs Merendina” returns to Italy on October 28th. The National Olive Oil Women Association launches the project that involves schools to educate children and all people to adopt good and healty food habits and to support the battle againts food adulteration. The group offers children bread and oil as a healthier snack instead of industrially produced ones.

For this year edition, Pandolea will be joined and supported in its efforts by the State Forestry Corps (Corpo Forestale dello Stato) and by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali) and by the local schools and authorities.


Pandolea’s initiatives will follow the Italian peninsula from South to North. The first leg will be held in Sicily, at the end of October, in Marsala. The inaugural date will also be the occasion for the congress “Stop Frauds: Extra Virgin Means Quality,” with the participation of representatives from State Forestry Corps, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Trapani Council and Pandolea.

In November there will be three dates: The first one will be in Calabria at the Torchia mill, in Catanzaro. The second one will be in the Marche region, at the Abbruzzetti mill near Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, and the third will be in Abruzzo at the Montecchia mill, near Teramo. A final event is scheduled in Veneto in collaboration with the Agricultural School of Conegliano.

The meetings will be focused about themes such as a right and healty nutrition, the battle against food adulteration and the right labelling procedures. “Nutrition education is a main committment that Pandolea choose to undertake towards the young generation” Pandolea’s President Loriana Abbruzzetti said. “Our initiatives aim to let us rediscover our ancient and healhy food habits and to preserve the real Italian products  against frauds and adulteration; and we think we should start this form the school desks.”

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