By the Real Food Challenge Team Staff
Winner! Winner! Pork for Dinner!
Over the past couple of weeks, we asked you to use your vote and to tell us what you care about in the food system– whether it’s humanely treated animals or organically grown and made products. 484 folks responded and filled out ballots – that is over 10% of our student body!
In the end, Humane Niman Ranch Pork stole the show from Organic Wallaby yogurt by 36 votes. We will be sure to let you know when the pork arrives in March and keep an eye out for its appearance in San Juan dining hall. Thanks for helping us move the Real Food Challenge forward and for bringing higher welfare meat to campus!
” This was an interesting Vote Real for our staff as we experienced more hesitation that usual from our voters. People had a difficult time choosing between pork and yogurt. And even still they were faced with the choice to choose a humane or organic option.
This vote was an exciting experiment because people had the option to choose their vote based on taste preference or the impact of humane versus organic production methods. This was also the first year our vote contained a meat option. We are hoping to continue this conversation on how eating affects the planet and health with thrilling new events and partnerships between the Real Food Challenge and other campus entities. ” says RFC team member Kaidee Akullo
Here is a little more information about what that means:
Niman Ranch Pork: What does that mean for you, the earth, and the animals?
Eating Humane-certified products ensures that the animal it came from had a higher quality life. Niman Ranch Pork had access to food suitable for the age and size of the animal and enough space for them to eat without risk of competition or injury. These happy piggies’ homes guarantee enough space to be able to lie down, have clean and dry bedding, and protection from the elements. Furthermore, humane animals are never treated with growth hormones, and the animals are only treated with antibiotics in situations where the animal is injured or suffering from disease. As both of these things carry over to the consumer, this means that you don’t have to ingest excessive antibiotics or hormones, both of which have real health implications for humans. Humane-certified meats ensure that meat animals are guaranteed these basic rights to live a more comfortable, healthy existence…and you can feel better about the food you are eating.
By Voting Real, you help us decide how we as a college and community will meet our 20% ‘real’ food goals and advance a more socially-just, ethical and environmentally-responsible food system. Whether you all vote organic yogurt or humane pork, we will shift 1% of our current purchasing dollars away from is conventional form and into its healthier, more responsible version. The difference for you is healthier, tastier food on your plate!
For more information visit www.fortlewis.edu/environmentalcenter/OurPrograms/RealFoodChallenge.aspx or contact Aolani at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Vote Real: Vote Real is an initiative launched by the Environmental Center’s Real Food Challenge team to provide FLC students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to move the Real Food Challenge forward in a way that meets their interests and desires. When you Vote Real, you choose between 2-3 different food products they would like to see shifted from current conventional standards to a ‘real’ product (fair, humane, ecologically-sound, and/or local). The product that receives the most votes will be permanently shifted on Sodexo’s purchasing roster…students will help create the change that they wish to see…and we will be that much closer to meeting our Real Food Challenge goal (20% Real by 2020) and creating a fair, healthy, and environmentally-sustainable food system.