University of Vermont

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Real Food Categories

The Real Food Challenge defines "real food" as food that is local or community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane; and further defines particular criteria that food must meet to qualify as real food under one or more of these categories. For a detailed explanation of each of the Real Food categories and the associated criteria, visit the Real Food Calculator website.

LOCAL

Food from independently/cooperatively owned producers, that gross <1% of the industry leader annually, and are also <250 miles from campus.

ECOLOGICALLY SOUND

Includes organic products and sustainable seafood that aim to minimize environmental impact.

FAIRLY TRADED

Any product where the workers involved are paid and treated well. Common items are coffee, tea, chocolate, and exotic fruits.

HUMANE

There are many qualifying certifications for this category that ensure that the animal was well treated.

Last modified September 18 2013 03:43 PM