What Makes Food Sustainable?
A sustainable food system is one that takes into account the environmental, economic, and social processes that bring our food from farm to fork. Food is truly sustainable when it is grown and distributed while maintaining the health of natural ecological systems (without excessive pesticide and fertilizer use) and sold at a price that is fair to both consumers and food chain workers. Food that is obtained through means that promote the endurance of a steady source of food supply are considered sustainable. Agricultural practices that are environmentally-friendly, refraining from the use of harmful chemicals and disruptive techniques, produce such food. With our growing world population and its ever-increasing consumption rate, sustainable food has become more important now than ever.
Why Sustainable Food?
Because so many of us have lost touch with the people and places that produce our food. Because everyone eats, and eating is an agricultural act - and a political act. Because the earth gives us so much, and we want to give back. Our mission is to educate and inspire the campus community to produce and consume food that respects people, animals, plants, soil, water, and air.
The Sustainable Food Initiative is a proud member group of emPOWER, which binds together Brown's environmental movements.