Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success

Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success
Posted on 09/28/2018
Scaling Up Healthy, Climate-Friendly School Food: Strategies for Success

Recently our Food and Nutrition Department participated in a case study with Friends of the Earth, international network of environmental organizations in 74 countries.

Source: Friends of the Earth

As public schools across the nation grapple with how to feed kids healthy, delicious and environmentally friendly food on tight budgets, this report spotlights a growing movement of school districts using their massive purchasing power to provide food that is healthier for students and the planet. Climate-friendly school food emphasizes low-carbon, plant-based and plant-forward options — and builds on a decade of progress implementing healthy food policies, farm-toschool and garden education programs.

What is climate-friendly foodservice?

Healthy, climate-friendly foodservice is a multi-benefit strategy that can be achieved in incremental steps. Principally, it achieves a lower carbon and water footprint than traditional foodservice by offering a wider array of healthy, plant-forward and plant-based foods and reducing food waste. It also cuts emission by sourcing food from regenerative farms that use carbon-enhancing, healthy soil practices and implementing energy and water-saving measures within cafeterias. The shift to climate-friendly food is inclusive of farm to school initiatives that prioritize fresh, organic and responsibly sourced ingredients from local farms and educate students about the power of food to cultivate healthy people and healthy minds.

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