Your Voice was heard, Humane Niman Ranch Pork Won!
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!
Here is a little more information about what that means:
Niman Ranch Pork: What does that mean for you, the earth, and the animals?
o 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.
What YOU Can Do
By Voting Real, you are helping 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!
Eat Real: Utilize this menu to select ‘real’ foods when you dine on campus and eat ‘real’ when you are off campus
Vote Real: During Vote Real campaigns, choose which of 3 products you would like to permanently see in its ‘real’ form.
Get Involved: Visit www.realfoodchallenge.org or come by the Environmental Center to learn more!
Moving 7% to 20%: Each Vote Real has increased our campus’ Real Food Percentage by 2%. Voting for, and then choosing to eat, these options shows the earth, farmers, our community, and YOUR BODY you’ve got lots of love for them!
For more information contact Aolani Peiper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to know how to create a vote real on your campus? Here you can find a link to our vote Real Toolbox