North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun recently took to Twitter to announce the University’s com­mit­ment to pur­chasing at least 20 per­cent of their food from local, fair and sus­tain­able sources by 2020. With that pledge pub­licly made, North­eastern became Boston’s first higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion to join the Real Food Chal­lenge.

Spun from Boston-​​based non­profit The Food Project, the Real Food Chal­lenge has grown into a national cam­paign tar­geted at turning col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties into a par­tic­i­pating part of the healthy, fair and green food economy.

The pilot pro­gram will kick off this fall at Northeastern’s Inter­na­tional Vil­lage dining hall. Stu­dents will be working along­side Dining Ser­vices with a “Real Food Cal­cu­lator” in hand to ana­lyze food pur­chase invoices over a one-​​month span.

During the 2011–2012 aca­d­emic year, Dining Ser­vices offered more than 165,000 pounds of locally grown pro­duce, according to news@Northeastern.

 

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