Copenhagen’s municipal kitchens make the switch to organic, hand-cooked meals

The proof, in this case, really is in the pudding

A revolution that tastes as good as it looks (photo: iStock)
May 23rd, 2016 9:16 pm| by Shifa Rahaman
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Hailed by the capital’s mayor Frank Jensen as a “historic lift to the city’s core welfare”, Copenhagen’s 900 municipal kitchens have made a major shift over to organic food, it has been announced today.

From pre-cooked meals to almost totally organic, hand-cooked ones, Copenhagen’s children, youth, elderly, and vulnerable citizens have a lot on their plates – and all of it very delicious indeed.

Green frontrunner
Since 2007, most of Copenhagen’s over 900 municipal kitchens have spearheaded a campaign to try and use a minimum of 90 percent certified organic produce. And they’ve succeeded.

In total, the kitchens buy 11 tonnes of foodstuffs every year, but the switch to organic produce has not proved costly – in fact, by all accounts, it’s generated better ideas, better ingredients, better meals and less waste.

Tabletop revolution
The city is well on its way to becoming one of the greenest on the planet – apart from being one of the world’s best cities for cyclists, it is all set to become the world’s first capital city to be completely carbon-free by 2025.

And tonight, Jensen will host a function attended by its 1,750 kitchen staff at which he will thank them for their contribution.

“The high level of ambition has specifically led to a higher quality of life for every citizen, who is dependent every day on food delivered by the city,” he said in a press release.

“For me, it is absolutely basic core welfare that we are able to serve healthy and tasty food at the city’s schools, nursing homes, shelters, and daycare centres. Those employees, who completed this tabletop revolution, deserve great recognition for it.”