Carolina Alumni Review 33
One issue that CDS and the student
group have worked out recently is a definition for “local.” At first, CDS looked
at local food as what was bought in close
proximity to campus. For example, it reported that between 2011 and 2012, 33
percent of the food it purchased originated
within 150 miles, up from 21 percent the
Sounds like progress, right?
Not to locavores. To them, eating local
is about much more than just what’s closest. It’s about finding food that is sustainable — i.e., good to the environment, humane, bought from small farmers through
deals where both parties get a fair price.
That’s a much more difficult thing to measure. CDS’s local calculation, for instance,
included food bought from Smithfield
Foods. While technically Smithfield lies
within that range — and provides local
jobs and tax revenue — such a huge industrial operation hardly jibes with the local
food movement’s vision.
To correct this, CDS shifted focus from
looking just at what’s close by to a broader
measurement that takes into account sev-
Junior Marisa Scavo works with the student group Fair, Local, Organic, which works to get local
options to the campus dining halls.