Carolina Dining Services recently reported reaching its goal of 20 percent sustainable food eight years sooner than expected — but some criticize the achievement’s legitimacy.
CDS partnered with the student organization Fair, Local, Organic (FLO) to participate in the Real Food Challenge, which encourages universities to have 20 percent of their dining hall food to be sustainable year-round.
The University did not sign an official commitment to the Real Food Challenge. However, CDS still strove for this goal unofficially, using the Real Food Calculator to track progress.
Sophomore Blair Crumpler, a FLO member and CDS intern, said FLO members agree that the Real Food Challenge goal of 20 percent has not officially been met, as the purchasing period sampled by CDS that reported 20 percent sustainability was only for a five-week period.
“If we had done that for the entire year, most likely CDS wouldn’t have been at 20 percent,” Crumpler said.