Lastly, 25 percent or more of its meat, poultry and egg purchases will be sourced from producers that meet at least one of the four highest animal-welfare certifications as listed by the United States Department of Agriculture: Animal Welfare Approved, Food Alliance, Humane Farm Animal Care or Global Animal Partnership.
York continued, “It’s about starting to dismantle a system that has enormous costs for our society, including the loss of medically important antibiotics, the pollution of our air and water from animal waste, and horrible working conditions for humans in factory farms.”
Similarly, on Feb. 14, 2011, Valentine’s Day, the effectual company announced their Fair Trade Chocolate program; a partnership with Cordillera Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate made them the first food service company to support the use of Fair Trade baking chocolate company-wide.
Most of the food currently served at Lawrence already comes from local food providers. Lawrence buys beef from Venneford Farm, pork from Riese Farm, yogurt from Sugar River Dairy farm and milk from Red Barn Family Farms. Furthermore, freshly grown fruit and vegetables from the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden regularly make appearances at Andrew Commons.