Students for real food – organizing for real food on campus!
Do you eat food on campus? Are you concerned about animal welfare? Do you care about the people who raised the food? Would you like to see less natural resources utilized to produce and transport your food? If any of this resonates with you, then join this group in an effort to organize for REAL FOOD on campus.
You Have the Power to Create Change!
On October 25th, 2013, President Engstrom, the director of UM Dining and the ASUM President signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, pledging that the University of Montana will purchase 20% Real Food by 2020.
Now they need your help to make this commitment a reality!
The newest student group on campus, Students for Real Food will be holding their first meeting at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 12th at the UM FLAT. There will be snacks, warm beverages and most certainly some fun! For more information, visit the Real Food Challenge website.
About the Real Food Challenge:
The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.
Their primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources – what we know as “real food” by 2020.
As described on the website, Real Food is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system – from seed to plates – that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability. Some people call it “local, ” “green” “slow” or fair” They use Real Food as a holistic term to bring together many of these diverse ideas people have about a values- based food economy.
This is about more than supermarket labels. The Real Food Challenge has developed an innovative Real Food Calculator, which provides in-depth definitions of “real food” and a tracking system for institutional purchasing. With this tool, “real food” is broken down into four core categories: local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane.
The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists – providing opportunities for networking, earning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.