Real Food Challenge
Campus Dining made the Real Food Challenge Commitment in 2008, thereby committing Occidental to attempting to achieve the goal of 20% real food by 2020.
“The Real Food Challenge (RFC) leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system. Colleges and universities spend almost $5 billion each year on food. Because of concentration in the industry, even small changes in institutional food procurement can have powerful effects on farmers and the entire food chain.
Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets (20%) away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020.” – Real Food Challenge
The Real Food Challenge defines 'Real Food' as:
- Local and Community Based- Grown/produced within 250 miles of Oxy and comes from a small business.
- Ecologically Sound- Organic, responsibly managed (fisheries), or certified by a legitimate environmental certification program.
- Humane- Cage free, free range, grass fed, or certified by a legitimate animal welfare/humane certification program.
- Fair Trade- Certified Fair by a legitimate fair certification program (fair wages, working conditions, etc.).
Campus Dining is proud to announce that for academic year 2012-2013, real food purchases accounted for 25% of our spending, surpassing the Real Food Challenge goals of 20% real food. Each year since 2008 we have purchased more food that meets the real food definition. We are thrilled to have exceeded the Real Food Challenge goals 7 years early, but we won't stop here! We are now committed to the following goals:
Sustainable Food Goals (by 2020):
- 40% Real Food by 2020
- 40% humane animal products/ecologically sound fish
- 50% local/ecologically sound produce
- Reduce dependence on plastic water bottles and decrease usage to under 50,000 bottles per year (currently at approximately 85,000/year)
- Purchase all coffee and chocolate from organic and/or fair trade certified sources.
Visit our Suppliers page to learn more about where our food comes from.
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