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Research Paper | Biotechnology | Brazil | Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023
Evaluation of Population Knowledge regarding the Implementation of Gardens with UFP Plants in a School Environment
Juliana Audi Giannoni | Rafaela Feliciano Da Silva | Rafaela Gasperotto Pessoa | Kely Braga Imamura | Silvana Pedroso de Goes-Favoni | Elke Shigematsu | Flavia Maria Vasques Farinazzi-Machado
Abstract: Brazil has a vast diversity of Unconventional Food Plants (UFP), which are an excellent food source, containing levels of nutrients similar to or even superior to the vegetables we are used to consuming, they are low cost and easy to handle, and can be found on the streets of the cities. However, the population does not have the knowledge of the current agrifood system, making it urgent to disseminate knowledge about the UFP and the implementation of vegetable gardens, as a way to rescue them, which allows relating food and environmental education, developing a sustainable society. In view of this, the school environment is the best promoter to disseminate this knowledge. An online survey was carried out via the Google Forms platform whose objective was to assess the population's knowledge about UFP and vegetable gardens, as well as the opinion about the implementation of the UFP gardens as an educational means to encourage their consumption within the school environment. The questionnaire had 16 investigative questions and was available from August 1 to 15, 2021.There were 601 participations from the public from all regions of Brazil and other countries, of all ages, genders, and education. From the results obtained, it was verified that among the UFP addressed in this study, Hibiscus stood out as the most popular (90.6%), followed by the others, Barbados gooseberry (70.1%), Dandelion (70 %), Elephant ear (69.5%), lamb's ears (40%), green amaranth (32.6%) and vine spinach (28.9%). 51% of the participants are familiar with the term UFP and 98% stated that the implementation of gardens with PANC in schools is an important tool for ecological awareness and dissemination of knowledge.
Keywords: Unconventional Vegetables, Public, Pesticides-free, Nutritional and economic potential, Juvenile child
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023,
Pages: 869 - 875