Hi BEST members,
Urban School Food Alliance involves six big-city school systems and
their mission is to serve healthier food and keep costs down. The six
public school systems are located in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New
York, Orlando, and Miami. Their first initiative is replacing plastic
foam lunch trays to compostable sugar cane plates. They are hoping to
persuade the suppliers to create and sell healthier and more environment
friendly products at reasonable prices. The next initiative is to offer
students antibiotic-free chicken and possibly future initiatives that
include pesticide-free fruit and goods with less packaging waste. But
these benefits are not the only goals for they want these initiatives
set an example that students will continue this lifestyle.
Sugar cane plates take longer to be produced and need more machinery to
produce in volume. But if all goes as planned, compostable sugar cane
plates will replace plastic foam lunch trays by September 2014
nationwide. This is a great step for schools to become more sustainable
which can exemplify to students.
"Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution." Michael Wines. The
New York Times.
December 1 2013
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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