Arizona State. Bunker Hill Community College. Ole Miss. UPenn. Gonzaga.
No, this is not an odd new athletic conference. But, following a recent 200+ student summit in Baltimore, teams on each of these campuses are competing–for the most ambitious campus food policy in the nation.
As part of the national Real Food Challenge, student campaigners are urging their college presidents to sign on to the Real Food Campus Commitment, a pledge that would ensure complete transparency in university food supply chains and shift at least 20% of a college’s food purchasing budget to real food for their campus dining halls. Since the 2011 launch of the Commitment, nine colleges and university presidents have signed on, opening new markets and incentives to local, fair, ecologically sound and humane food producers.