The Alliance has had a strong interest in food issues since its formation in 2004, and food is a major concern in our initiatives on campus sustainability and the strong connections of food and health; a number of interns have completed projects on the sustainability and health impacts of food and campus dining services. If you want to see sustainable food on your campus, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Campus Dining Resources
by Julia Ward High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is something that I keep coming back to, time and time again. What is so fascinating yet horrifying to me is the fact that many consumers, if not the majority, know how bad high fructose corn syrup is for their body's and their health but continue to consume it. But why? Because it makes that soda taste that much better? In the … [Read more...] about A Sweet Problem: High Fructose Corn Syrup
For tools to help you get better food on your campus, see our Sustainable Campus Dining Resources page. Campus dining services, like other institutional food-service operations, prepare large volumes of food every day, most of it the product of the industrialized food system. It is not grown sustainably, it undermines your health, destroys the natural ecosystems, and is … [Read more...] about Campus Food – Is it sustainable & Healthy?
by Maya Rodale The idea that our health is connected to the food we eat isn’t really a shocking concept. It just makes sense: you are what you eat. What matters to our health just as much—if not more—is how our food is grown. When it comes to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet, organic is the best and most sustainable way to go. The way we … [Read more...] about Organic Is the Answer for Healthy Food, Healthy People, and a Healthy Planet
Let's look at sustainability in terms of how our practices affect human health, both immediately and over the long term. Whether we call them health problems or environmental problems, though, the prescription for corrective actions is almost identical. The health lens is particularly appropriate because it states the impacts in terms of human health, rather than more … [Read more...] about Sustainability & Public Health
Sustainability in Businesses That Serve Food How can food-serving businesses operate more sustainably? That's the question explored by a Lehigh University MBA candidate this summer, and here's what he found. Introduction What is sustainability? Considered from an economic perspective, sustainable businesses seek to maximize stakeholder value (owners, employees, customers, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Restaurants
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, industrial agriculture ‘views the farm as a factory with “inputs” (such as pesticides, feed, fertilizer, and fuel) and “outputs” (corn, chickens, and so forth)…’1 Many of the ‘inputs’ used to maximize production are harmful to human health, and much of the food produced in our industrialized food system is deficient in nutrients … [Read more...] about The Problem with Industrialized Agriculture
With institutional service, what is not eaten is an important part of sustainable practices that contribute to public health. Commercial kitchens create a large amount of waste in preparation, leftovers, and food left on plates; this waste pollutes groundwater, generates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and increases disposal costs. It is not enough to change the food we … [Read more...] about Food Service Operations
The campus sustainability initiative grew out of a project with Lehigh University student Victorija Danta, who was working to support climate protection efforts here in Bethlehem. As part of her internship, we created a Climate Protection Agreement for schools (which was adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District in December 2006). As we started looking at what higher … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability Initiative
by Elyse Jurgen The campus sustainability initiative encourages and facilitates efforts by Lehigh Valley colleges and universities to become more sustainable in their operations and provide their students with an educational environment that will develop leaders—teachers, political leaders, researchers, land-use planners, architects, business men and women, journalists, … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability – What is it?