Eating less meat will greatly reduce your negative impact on the environment. Beef needs a tremendous amount of water and energy to produce. If you still want to eat meat, make choices to lessen your impact:
Choose poultry. The pollution and water and energy use is much smaller and it is healthier than red meat.
Buy organic meat products. If you still like to eat beef or other meats now and then, organically produced meats use sustainable agriculture practices and involve much more humane treatment of animals.
Tufts Dining Services offers vegetarian options at every meal. Eating foods such as grains and soy products conserves resources— more than half of the global corn crop is used for animal feed! Tufts Dining supports the humane treatment of animals by not serving veal in the dining centers and by purchasing 100% cage-free shelled eggs.
Organic crops are produced without the use of chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetic modification or sewage sludge; and processed without the use of food additives or irradiation. In addition, organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are raised without the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics or growth hormones. Before a product can be labeled organic, a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
At Tufts: Organic whole wheat pasta, legumes, whole grains and tofu can be found at the vegetarian stations in the dining halls. Organic soy milk, yogurt, all granolas, and natural peanut butter are also available in the dining halls. Jumbo Express sells a variety of organic foods.
If you are hosting an event, consider purchasing local/organic foods. There are plenty of options around the Somerville/Medford area like Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Cuisine En Locale, Food For the Band, Blue Fuji Organic Restaurant, Flatbread Company, Forklift Catering, Clover, and Basil Tree.
Locally-raised animals are often raised more humanely and sustainably. They also reduce food transportation miles and therefore, carbon emissions.
Shop at Farmers’ Markets. They are generally open from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving. Get an iPhone app from www.massfarmersmarkets.org to find nearby Farmers Markets or download our PDF which also includes a list of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food shares available near the Boston and Medford campuses.
Sign up for a farm share. In the summer and fall, the Office of Sustainability in Medford and the Jaharis Buildling in Boston are drop-off locations for vegetables grown by local farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Find out when the seasons open for sign up online by checking our CSA page.
Pick local grocers committed to supporting local farmers and sustainable ingredients like Whole Foods (Medford, Cambridge & Boston), Harvest Co-op (Cambridge), and Boston Organics (home delivery).
Tufts Dining holds a Farmers Market on Wednesdays 11:30am-1:30pm from September 3, 2014 to October 8, 2014 on the Lower Patio of the Campus Center in Medford.
Buy Fair Trade
Fair Trade Certified products guarantee that farmers and workers received a fair price for their product. Every step has been monitored and certified by Transfair USA, a neutral 3rd party certification agency.
In Medford, Fair Trade coffee is served exclusively at the Res, Hotung and Tower Café. Fair Trade options are also available in Brown & Brew, Carmichael, Dewick, Mugar, and Hodgdon Good-to-Go. Check Tufts Dining’s website for the latest information.
Get Involved On Campus
Check out our guide to sustainable food initiatives on the Tufts Medford Campus.