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Will the 'bluegrass state's' small farms rise in coal's wake?

on April 9, 2014
Written By Real Food Challenge Campaign Director David Schwartz
 
 
Kentucky has long been known for its bourbon, horse racing, college basketball, fried chicken, coal and tobacco.  Now, a thriving local food system!? That's the goal, if a team of local college students has its way.
 
This winter at the University of Louisville, students began combing through reams of invoices from U of L's $2.7 million food budget to assess exactly how much money is being devoted to local farms – as well as fairly trade, ecologically sound and humane farms and food businesses –  and how they could be

Over 130 universities join student-designed startup to measure sustainable food

on April 7, 2014

Click here for a pdf of this press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2014

Contact:
David Schwartz, Real Food Challenge
401-601-5545 | David@realfoodchallenge.org


Over 130 universities join student-designed startup to measure sustainable food

As Millennials Make College Decisions, Universities turn to Sustainable Dining Halls


Louisville, KY – As millions of students receive their college acceptance letters this month and prepare to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives, Real Food Challenge is proud to announce that 134 colleges and universities are now participating in a

Real Food for CSU Campaign Heats up at Long Beach Trustee Meeting

on April 2, 2014

This blog post was written by Natalie Tran, UC Santa Cruz, '15.


The California State University system may be the largest state school system in the world with 23 campuses and over 400,000 students.  And right now, we students in California sit at an incredible turning point


This past week, we students from Humboldt State, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach, CSU Pomona, CSU Northridge, and UC Santa Cruz met in Long Beach to attend a Board of Trustees meeting at the Office of the Chancellor. We came to raise our voices in support of a sustainable food section in a pending sustainability policy,

Over 100 universities adopt student-designed tool to measure sustainable food

on March 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          

Contact:
David Schwartz, Real Food Generation: 401-601-5545
Stephanie Yee, CSU Monterey Bay: 415-306-2163

           

Over 100 universities adopt student-designed tool to measure sustainable food

Californita State University Campuses among those leading rigorous investigations into origins of campus food

March 18, 2014 - Monterey, California – On March 26th, the California State University Board of Trustees will gather to discuss a proposed CSU-system-wide sustainability policy guaranteeing 20% 'real food' purchasing.

Fort Lewis in Durango, CO Commits to Real Food!

on February 27, 2014

— the physical impacts of global warming have been unquestionable for many populations in the western half of the United States, including New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Wyoming and parts of Texas. While powerful non-profits negotiate with lawmakers about emissions standards and corporations manipulate branding to reflect the “greener” zeitgeist, sustainable solutions have been put into motion by an unlikely group of agents: young people on campuses across the country fighting for food justice.

Be Mine 4 Real Food? Sweet Valentine's Day Action kicks off!

on February 12, 2014

This week: show some love for food justice.

At Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington students are making their administration a very *SWEET* proposition: sign the Real Food Campus Commitment and support a just food system! 

Armed with tasty treats and thousands photo petitions from students who support the campus movement -- RFCers will be meeting with their Vice President.  Our question for Gonzaga: Will you be mine?

Check out the action guide and get your campus involved!
 

Students at Gonzaga aren't alone:  This week dozens of us will be showing our love for food justice -- by

7 Powerful ways students are Fighting for Food Justice this Spring

on January 24, 2014

This week, The Daily Meal published their list of the “50 most powerful people in Food for 2014." Who made the list?

Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto
Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi
Doug McMillion, CEO of Walmart
...and it goes on.


Really?!  Here at Real Food Challenge, we know that real power lie in people’s movements for change.  Who are these powerful changemakers?  This is our list:

1) California State University Students Unite
23 campuses. 500,000 students. $100,000,000 spent on food each year.

New Generation - Old Tradition

on December 19, 2013
The following is a message from Real Food Challenge Director, Anim Steel.
 
Dear Friend,
 
When you look at history, it’s striking how often social movements have revolved around food.
  • In 1791, British consumers boycotted slave grown sugar as Haitian slaves fought for their freedom. This led to the end of the transatlantic slave trade.
  • In 1930, Gandhi led millions of Indians to collect salt from the sea in disobedience of British salt laws.
  • In 1965, hundreds of farmworkers in California organized a national boycott of table grapes and secured fair wages and collective bargaining rights

Top 10 Moments from Food Day 2013

on November 15, 2013
 
What happened on Food Day this year on our nation's college campuses? Well, over 100,000 people at over 300 schools gathered to learn, eat, and take action together to celebrate the food system when it's working -- when it's healthy, affordable, sustainable, and just -- and challenge it when it's not. Here's a snapshot of what that looked like:
 
10. The Real Food Wheel made appearances all over tons of campuses:
The University of Alabama
Michigan State University
The University of New Hampshire
 
9. Carleton College's Food Truth in Northfield, MN did a farm bike tour!
 
 
8. 

From Small Town, Midwest -- a new idea to take on Big Ag [VIDEO]

on November 11, 2013

Written by Katie Blanchard, Midwest Regional Coordinator. Click here to watch "Real Food, Our Future" - RFC's crowdfunding campaign video.

Growing up in a small town in northern Michigan, I learned that big, important things happen in other places. Sitcoms and movies did not take place near our cornfields or cherry orchards. The news was always about other places, unless it was about people losing their jobs. Being successful meant leaving town.

Rural population in the US has declined for most of my lifetime, for myriad reasons.

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