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Sustainable Food Choices


The UF Office of Sustainability defines “Sustainability” as: “… meeting contemporary needs without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs. More comprehensively, it means looking at the issues and problems facing our world with a new perspective – one that focuses on three interdependent areas of concern: ecological preservation, economic viability, and social justice.  To be sustainable, a practice must preserve rather than destroy its ecological base, ensure rather than undermine long-term economic benefits, and advance rather than retard matters of fairness, equity, and diversity.”

The UF Office of Sustainability defines “Sustainability” as: “… meeting contemporary needs without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs. More comprehensively, it means looking at the issues and problems facing our world with a new perspective – one that focuses on three interdependent areas of concern: ecological preservation, economic viability, and social justice.  To be sustainable, a practice must preserve rather than destroy its ecological base, ensure rather than undermine long-term economic benefits, and advance rather than retard matters of fairness, equity, and diversity.”

“Sustainable Eating” or “Sustainable Food Choices” are choices regarding: types of food you buy, where you buy from, original food sources, practices/energy used in producing foods, packaging used, food disposal/waste, and social equity (ex. how employees are paid).

Educate yourself and others about sustainable eating practices like:

  • Buying local, organic, or fair trade foods 
  • Eating fresh, less processed, in season foods 
  • Buying bulk foods to reduce packaging and waste

Make sustainable eating choices in your daily life and encourage others to do the same.  Talk to your roommates about:

  • Planning and cooking meals together that include fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Bringing your own bags when you go grocery shopping together
  • Taking regular trips to the farmer’s market together
  • Storing food in reusable containers
  • Growing your own vegetables and herbs in pots or a small garden

Get involved through volunteering and working for campus and local organizations that promote sustainable practices.

  • Volunteer with UF’s Office of Sustainability
  • Join a student organization that promotes sustainable practices, like the UF Agronomy and Soils Club.  They manage the Student Agricultural Gardens on Museum Road.  Or check out Gators Going Green, a student organization that works with sustainability initiatives and policies on campus.   For more information on other groups to join, check out Student Activities and Involvement.

Support sustainability policies around campus and in the community. 

  • Attend SG meetings
  • Familiarize yourself with Gator Dining’s Sustainability Polices 
  • Talk to your city commissioner
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