Earth Day Theme Meal on April 22nd
April 22nd is Earth Day! Support sustainable food, and celebrate the planet this year by trying our Earth Day Theme Meal.
Earth Day was founded by a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in the wake of a massive oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. Senator Nelson formed a bi-partisan alliance and mobilized 20 million Americans to demonstrate on behalf of the environment on April 22, 1970. That first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
The U.S. food system is responsible for over 20% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and American food travels an average of 1,500-2,500 miles from farm to table. This means prioritizing sustainable food has a huge potential impact. Local food travels fewer miles, so it has a lower carbon footprint. Organic growers eliminate dangerous pesticides that poison the soil and water, and use vastly lower amounts of petrochemicals. Find a list of local/sustainable suppliers on the Campus Dining Sustainability web page.
This Earth Day our theme meal will feature natural beef meatballs, fire roasted organic artichokes, and an organic marinara. The meatballs will be made with local breadcrumbs from Oliver’s Artisan Breads, Organic Parmesan and Milk, and Meyer’s Natural beef, which is certified Humane by the Global Animal Partnership. The artichokes are certified Organic, grown in Castroville, CA. The vegetarian option will be a healthy serving of fire roasted artichokes, and the omnivore option will be 2 meatballs and ½ an artichoke. Both options will be served with the vegan, all-organic marinara sauce, and Sriracha aioli will also be available on the side (vegan version available on request).
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