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College Students Demand “Real Food” on Campus
28 August 2012
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers
The Real Food Challenge, a national network of student activists, is gaining momentum, and university administrators are taking notice and responding to student demands. The success of this grassroots effort to improve food choices in campus cafeterias, its history, impact, and future directions, are captured in “The Real Food Challenge, (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/SUS.2012.9952)” an article in Sustainability: The Journal of Record, a publication of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (www.liebertpub.com). The article is available free online at the Sustainability: The Journal of Record website. www.liebertpub.com/sus
Evidence of the progress the initiative has achieved to date is represented by the launch of the Real Food Campus Commitment in November 2011 and passage of a system-wide real food policy across the 10 institutions of the University of California network, the University of Vermont, as well as other schools around the country. The article in Sustainability discusses these examples and others and includes a step-by-step guide, “How to Start a Get Real! Campaign on Your Campus.”
“The Real Food Challenge is the unified voice of students across the country calling for change,” says Jamie Devereaux, Editor of Sustainability: The Journal of Record (www.liebertpub.com/sus). “These students understand the campus food chain, they understand sustainability, and they are working with their administrations to enact change in ways that will make it easier for others to follow suit. This article is a succinct view of the RFC and sheds light on an increasingly important, and often contentious, issue in higher education today.”
Sustainability: The Journal of Record (www.liebertpub.com/sus) documents the implementation of sustainability programs in higher education and business, and provides the central forum for academic institutions, the business community, foundations, government agencies, and leaders of green-collar endeavors to share and learn about one another’s progress and programs. It fosters collaborations among all stakeholders for attaining mutually supportive objectives. Complete tables of content and a sample issue (http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/sus/4/3) may be viewed online at the Sustainability: The Journal of Record (www.liebertpub.com/sus) website.