Changing students’ food habits
and attitudes is focus of summit
Changing the way students eat,
think and talk about food is the focus of “The Real Food Summit” to
be held Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4 at Yale.
Hosted by the Yale Sustainable Food Project (YSFP), the summit will bring together
students from 50 colleges in the Northeast area to develop strategies to change
education and operations related to food and agriculture on campuses across the
region and, ultimately, the nation.
According to organizers of the event, Yale can serve as a model to other colleges.
Since it was founded by students in 2001, YSFP has worked with University staff
and administration to enact lasting changes in how food is purchased and served — and
its importance valued. YSFP has introduced a sustainable dining program with
a seasonal menu in all of Yale’s dining halls, established an organic campus
farm, and initiated a number of programs with guest speakers, film screenings
and educational presentations to raise awareness of the cultural, environmental,
social and health implications of our eating habits.
The summit will include workshops, panel discussions and a collaborative art
project. It will culminate in the ratification of a written declaration of principles
and a call to action. Summit delegates will bring this declaration back to their
college administrations, providing them with a list of specific goals.
The summit is open to all, but is geared to students working on projects centered
on food on their campuses, from running college farms to finding organic, local
food sources; and from safeguarding farm workers’ rights to supporting
the fair trade of products.
The summit will also kick off the Real Food Challenge, a collaborative network
that will serve as a resource to students seeking to change colleges’ food
culture, providing them with educational information and an infrastructure for
“The Real Food Summit” is being organized as a joint effort of students
and staff at The Food Project in Boston, the Brown Sustainable Food Initiative
and YSFP, in conjunction with a planning committee comprised of student leaders
at Princeton University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Boston
University and Mount Holyoke College, and with support from the Small Planet
More information is available at www.yale.edu/sustainablefood/RealFoodSummit.html. Registration is closed for this event.
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