While the ladle has worked really hard to get to the point of having a service counter…it’s not all that we are about. Change is a long slow and thankless process and it’s time to start walking down that road again!
You want to know what the ladle is all about? …it’s about CHOICE. We started as a small working group of NSPIRG in 2008 called Campus Action on Food or CAF. Below is what CAF wanted to do…wanted students and community to know.
CAMPUS ACTION ON FOOD (CAF)
Why do exclusivity contracts mean that…
- Food is more expensive
- unethically sourced
- not representative of student needs?
Why are these contracts kept secret? …Just whose campus is this?
Campus Action on Food (CAF) is a Dalhousie-based coalition that focuses on creating the space for more food options on campus, options which are representative of student diversity and accessible to people of low-income. We support choices that come from diverse sources and are ethically manufactured, prepared, delivered, and consumed. CAF hopes to provoke awareness and education in the campus community on food security, politics, accessibility, food service providers, as well as the social and ecological perils of the industrial food chain. We aim to accomplish this through research, outreach and action.
Food contracts at Dalhousie serve commercial interests at the expense of students. Students arepresented with expensive, unhealthy, and often unethically sourced food, and are prevented from creating or seeking out alternatives. Even student societies are prevented from serving authentic international cuisine in the SUB.
The DSU should represent student needs and student interests – and what we need, what we demand, is choice.
By fighting exclusivity contracts, we can make room for alternatives on campus, from local businesses to student run cooperatives – to let the students decide free online project management. In fighting corporate food monopolies, we are taking back our campus.
Thanks Stefi for bring our heads and hearts back our core!!