Washington University challenges itself to “support a food system that advances environmental and public health while supporting a strong local economy.”
Today’s prevailing agricultural practices have profound environmental and social impacts on a local and global scale. The global food system accounts for as much as one third of total greenhouse gas emissions and contributes significantly to the disruption of ecological processes and ecosystems, and the inhumane treatment of animals. Those employed in the food system are often underpaid, see the shrinking of rural communities with the industrialization of farming, and often experience dangerous working conditions. Institutions and citizens can leverage their buying power to begin to change the way these systems work. WashU is committed to enhancing direct access to fresh, local food on campus as well as increasing campus awareness of sustainable and healthy food options.