The student news site of California State University, Chico

The Orion

Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

Students+eat+in+selvester%27s+Cafe%2C+one+of+A.S.%27+retail+dining+options+on+campus.
Students eat in selvester's Cafe, one of A.S.' retail dining options on campus.

Students eat in selvester's Cafe, one of A.S.' retail dining options on campus.

Students eat in selvester's Cafe, one of A.S.' retail dining options on campus.

Nicholas Feeley

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Chico State has set a goal to have 20 percent of all food on campus be locally grown, humane, fairly traded or ecologically sound by 2020.

Real food is food that falls under at least one of four criteria according to Robert Cayaban, the real food challenge coordinator for Chico State.

According to Cayaban, it must be grown within 100 miles of the school. It must have been produced through humane treatment of animals.

It must come from fair trade which means a fair compensation has been paid to workers and those involved in the production of food. It must be ecologically sound and sustainably made.

“The organization itself is focused on transitioning our food system to a more sustainable model,” Cayaban said.

The new goal was set after a “yes” vote May 6 by the California State Student Association on a real foods system resolution. The resolution sets a goal for all 23 CSU campuses to obtain 20 percent real food by 2020.

Student dining center.jpg

Selvester's Cafe is one of AS dining's retail dining options on campus. Photo credit: Nicholas Feeley

Currently the average amount of real food at the CSUs is 5 percent according to the real food challenge.

Cayaban said that Chico State has more real food on average than most CSUs with recent numbers putting Chico State at 15 percent. Of all the food at Chico State, only about two to three percent is local, according to Cayaban. The majority of our real food falls under the categories of ecologically sound and humane food.

Part of the goal of the program is to push for more transparency within college dining, said Cayaban.

“When you get a piece of chicken you know where the chicken is coming from,” said Cayaban.

When asked if this would lead to an increase in prices for students, Cayaban said that they want the food to be cheaper or about the same price.

“The goal is yes,” said Cayaban when asked if it would be cheaper. “The current system is our dining systems are run sustainable non-profit. We do make profits but its profits that go back to us.”

According to the real food challenge, in order to reach the goal of 20 percent real food for all CSUs, an investment of $25,000,000 will need to be made.

Nicholas Feeley can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Breaking News

    Chico State’s study abroad program ranks second in the nation

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Administration

    Associated Students votes on the sale of water bottles on campus

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Campus

    Universities can now choose to stop covering students’ birth control

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Administration

    Chico State’s business graduate program lands on Princeton’s best

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Campus

    University course encourages students to learn from locals

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Breaking News

    Thefts reports involve donation jars on Chico State campus

  • Campus

    People smoke under umbrellas

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Campus

    19th Annual Women’s Conference is held at Chico State

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Breaking News

    Cellphone robbery reported near Chico State campus

  • Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge

    Administration

    Students advised to be safe over Veterans Day Weekend

X
The student news site of California State University, Chico
Chico State rises above other campuses in real food challenge