Friday, August 31, 2012

Dining Services Opportunity - The Sustainable Food Working Group

The Sustainable Food Working Group, formed last spring by Dining Services, is comprised of administration from Dining Services and a really great group of professors involved all around the University, from Food Safety to Economics, and Nutrition to Livestock Management.  The American food system as a whole has a lot of room for improvement, and we are trying to provide more sustainable food options for students on campus.  Since last year all the coffee is now certified organic and fair trade, and in the dining halls at the salad bars produce will be labeled by what farm it came from.  We're making great headway, and there is now the opportunity for students to join sub-committees that will be chaired by the faculty members of the Working Group.  Changing the food offered at Maryland is equally about purchasing and money as it is about educating students on why this is important and has to be done.  It is a really great opportunity for students to get involved with the inner workings of Maryland, and see a change - there is an application that is posted on the Dining Services website

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