Huge Student Win in the Fight for ‘Real Food’ on Campus
April 18, 2013
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In response to student demand, giant food-service provider signs unprecedented agreement.
Last year we told you about a student-led, nationwide movement on college campuses called the Real Food Challenge, which works to get their schools to shift 20 percent of their food spending toward local and sustainable food systems. Currently, the vast majority of the $5 billion spent annually on campus food goes to large, industrial food companies.
Today Real Food Challenge announced an enormous victory in its efforts. One of the nation’s largest campus food-service providers, Sodexo, has entered into an agreement with the organization to open up its books and adhere to what a spokesman calls a “rigorous and comprehensive set of standards” for its food purchasing. On all 600 Sodexo-contracted college campuses and in 100 high school cafeterias, the $20 billion company will work with student leaders to evaluate the food it is serving using four key criteria: local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane. They will do so using the Real Food Calculator, an assessment tool developed by Real Food Challenge student researchers and associated food experts. More>