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In Strasbourg, organic baskets and "green prescription" for future mothers


The city of Strasbourg is launching a “green prescription” for pregnant women on Wednesday, November 16, an experiment aimed at protecting mothers...

The city of Strasbourg is launching a

“green prescription”

for pregnant women on Wednesday, November 16, an experiment aimed at protecting mothers and their unborn babies by raising awareness of endocrine disruptors and offering them a weekly basket of organic vegetables, produced locally.

"Our role as a community is to prepare for the future and to have a vision to prevent risks, by innovating and trying to prevent future crises"

, highlighted Jeanne Barseghian, EELV mayor of Strasbourg, during the presentation of the device, affirming that the subject of environmental health was "

one of our priorities"


Unique in France, the project, the principle of which was approved unanimously by the city council last March, relies on a network of health professionals (general practitioners, gynecologists, midwives) supporting pregnant women from the Alsatian capital.

Two collective awareness sessions on the presence of endocrine disruptors and alternative products are part of the program, as well as the weekly and free distribution of a basket of vegetables from local organic farming.

Endocrine disruptors are molecules capable of interfering with our hormonal system, which can cause harmful effects on reproduction or the development of children.

Widely present in everyday life, recent studies confirm that several chemicals pose a particular risk during pregnancy.

"They are the sign of a derailed consumer society, where certain products have been developed without taking into account their impact on health

," said Jeanne Barseghian.

“Pregnancy is a window of exposure”

The community is aiming for the bar of 800 women supported during the first year of the system, out of the 3,000 births taking place each year in Strasbourg.

"Pregnancy is a window of exposure"

, underlined Dr. Alexandre Feltz, deputy mayor in charge of public and environmental health,

"during which women are more sensitive to the products which surround them and which they absorb".


The ten collection centers for organic vegetable baskets will be located mainly in outlying and priority neighborhoods.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at nearly 500,000 euros per year, according to Alexandre Feltz, already at the origin of sports health on prescription, a pioneering device which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The “green prescription” had already been tested in a pilot manner between 2019 and 2020 with around a hundred women in the medico-social centers of Maternal and Child Protection.

Source: lefigaro

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