Campus Dining works with suppliers of cage-free eggs. This practice allows hens to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, improving the animal’s welfare, food safety and long-term sustainability.
Campus Dining purchases milk that comes from cows that have been certified to be free of the artificial growth hormone rBGH (also known as RBST). Buying milk and yogurt from manufacturers that ban artificial growth hormones supports both animal welfare and human health.
In alignment with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, Campus Dining strives to follow the standards for purchasing sustainably sourced seafood. That is, choosing seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations.
Campus Dining partners with suppliers who provide certified sustainable coffees. This practice ensures that fair trade and other eco-certified coffee is readily available on campus.
Imperfectly Delicious Produce (IDP) is perfectly fresh and nutritious. However, its appearance may not meet the stringent standards of most supermarkets. An example of IDP is broken mushrooms, oversized fingerling potatoes and off-standard size spinach leaves. Campus Dining incorporates IDP into dishes where the look of the produce is not as important as its flavor. This practice benefits farmers and the environment, keeping perfectly delicious produce from going to waste.
With the growing public health concern in using non-therapeutic use of antibiotics, Campus Dining sources poultry from farmers who do not add antibiotics developed for humans to the food and water they give their chickens and turkeys. This practice directly aligns with the recommendations of the American Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.