Students at 216 campuses in 46 states and five countries are asking their campuses for healthier and sustainable foods.
The student groups are a part of a national movement called The Real Food Challenge, which hopes to convince universities to start serving more organic, locally grown foods and stop serving from industrial farms.
The Real Food Challenge said it’s after “real food” — foods that are locally-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane. By 2020, the national organization wants $1 billion of university food budgets to be spent on real foods. The campaign has already made a $35 million dent in that goal since the Real Food Challenge started in 2008. According to David Schwartz, campaign coordinator of the Real FoodCampaign initiative, has given students across the nation a united voice, which makes the campaign even more powerful.