“Sustainability in Food Service is simply defined as ‘a way of producing and consuming food that ultimately promotes the continuous well-being of ourselves and our planet’.” – John Turenne

The 4 Pillars of Sustainable Food:

A driving force behind Sustainable Food Systems is the conviction that we owe it to the well-being of the next generation to foster wise decision making to preserve our land, our local food sources and local farmers.

1.    Nutritional Well-being

      • Problem: The Center for Disease Control reports that for the first time ever, a generation of American children will die at a younger age than their parents.
      • Solution: Sustainable foods provide a “back to basics” delicious and nutritional approach to the way food is produced, cooked and shared.

2.    Environmental Well-being

      • Problem: Agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, large-scale irrigation and harvesting methods, as well as genetic engineering are having a significant negative impact on our environment.
      • Solution: Sustainable agriculture eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms, conserves water and ensures sustained biodiversity.

3.    Sustainability of our Local Economies

      • Problem: Food travels an average of 1500 miles from field to fork. Almost 90% of our food supply is controlled by as few as 10 companies.
      • Solution: Shifting food spending to local sources stimulates local economies by creating new jobs and providing more tax revenue.

4.     Social Justice

      • Problem: Industrialized facilities raise animals we eat in overcrowded conditions by the thousands at a single site. Animals are fed inappropriate foods and massive dosages of antibiotics.
 Farm workers, including children, work and live in substandard conditions and are paid low wages.
      • Solution: Fairly traded products, availability at every price level, ensuring a livable wage, and improved quality of life, and helping farmers invest in improving the quality and diversity of their crops.