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Case Study: Unity College Purchasing Local Meat through Distributors

Author: Riley Neugebauer
Publisher:Farm to Institution New England

Unity College shifted a large portion of their meat purchases to local meat products in order to support local Maine farms and the college’s commitment to sustainability, as well as to promote increased transparency around food safety and origin. When compared to conventional meat products offered by some distributors, it was easier to trace the origin of the local products and understand what ingredients went into the final product. The local meat purchases, as a whole, did cost more for the college when compared to the conventional products that were being purchased, but it was determined that there was room for this in the budget and it was supported by the college as a whole.

Organization: Civil Society Organization
Region: North America
Coverage: United States of America
Areas of focus: Food supply and distribution
Tags: Local economy and employement, Schools, Short chain