Food is an integral part of sustainability. Where and how it is produced, how workers are treated and paid, how animals are raised, the chemical inputs and waste outputs, the nutritional value of products and the need to preserve farmland and communities are all factors that need to be taken into consideration. RIT’s Dining Services has begun to make noticeable strides in this area.
Whenever possible, RIT Dining Services purchases local and seasonal produce manufactured in upstate New York. Our dairy supplier, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is a food and beverage cooperative owned by dairy farmers in the Western New York State area and local coffee suppliers, Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters and The Coffee Connection, are served in a number of dining locations.
Using locally produced food significantly cuts transportation costs and reduces associated carbon emissions. Produce from the RIT Community Garden, is incorporated into our menus as it is available.
A majority of dining locations offer Fair Trade coffee. Fair Trade products ensure that the growers and laborers who produced the product are provided fair living wages and labor conditions. In addition to food items, The Market at Global Village features a variety of Fair Trade gift items as well.
Organic foods can be found at the following locations; The Market at Global Village, Bytes, Artesano Bakery and Café, Café & Market at Crossroads, The Corner Store, and Sol’s Underground.
All milk sold by RIT Dining Services is rbST hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
As demand increases for seafood around the globe, many fisheries are stressed and on the verge of collapse. Recognizing this issue, RIT Dining Services purchases sustainably harvested seafood from suppliers with clear sustainability standards.