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French football club AS Monaco provides football players with organic seasonal vegetables – EURACTIV.com

AS Monaco Football Club opened its first vegetable garden on Tuesday (September 21) to provide players with organic, local and seasonal produce. EURACTIV French report.

Environmentally friendly lawns, low-energy light bulbs, recycling waste water… More and more football clubs are going green.

On Tuesday, it was AS Monaco’s turn. As part of the European Sustainability Week, the club launched the first ever-agricultural organic vegetable garden in cooperation with the urban agriculture company Terrae.

This vegetable garden is composed of 60% herbs, 30% vegetables and 10% fruits, designed to adapt to the players’ diet and ensure their physical and mental health. The club’s dietitian Juan José Morillas oversees the plan. This club is also the first club in Ligue 1 Uber Eats to have a full-time nutritionist.

From now on, Morillas will be able to purchase food for the players directly from the club’s 200-square-meter vegetable garden. “The important thing is to be able to grow our own products and have traceable provenance. Seasonal products are very useful for our players’ diets,” he said in a press release.

Regarding the player’s diet, the nutritionist asked Terry about the specific vegetables. “For this winter’s crop, Mr. Morillas wants a lot of red vegetables: beetroot, red cabbage, beets, radishes, and vegetables with antioxidant properties,” Terrae founder Jessica Spaglia Tell EURACTIV France.

“There are Roman cabbage, broccoli, onions, leeks, and summer vegetables such as pumpkin and tomatoes,” she added.

Real challenge

However, for Sbarraglia and her team, creating a vegetable to partially feed the professionals is a real challenge.

“This garden is really designed for the players. We and Juan considered the products we planted together. The goal is to find harmony so that the garden is efficient in permaculture and also useful to the players,” Sbarraglia explained.

Although the output of the vegetable garden is not enough to feed all players, “it makes players aware of local production,” she said.

Morillas agrees: “The vegetable garden is in everyone’s field of vision and has educational value because players who are increasingly interested in nutrition often ask me questions.”

In the future, AS Monaco plans to hold seminars around the vegetable garden to increase the environmental awareness of the youngest players and expand it by several square meters.

As part of the 2021 European Sustainability Week (September 18 to October 8), AS Monaco’s initiative is one of a series of ecological commitments. According to the website of the French Ministry of Education, it aims to raise “awareness of the 2030 Agenda across Europe”.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recently adopted by the United Nations “identifies the key challenges that require urgent action at all levels and all actors in society”, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

[Edited by Alice Taylor]

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