2009 Press Releases
OTA’s Organic Institute publishes organic campus guide for students
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For Immediate Release Sue McGovern
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First Guide for Making College Dining Organic is
Inspired by “Organic on the Green” Student Blog
Published by the Organic Institute, the Guide is Free & Downloadable
Greenfield, MA (Feb 17, 2009) The nation’s first guide for students who want to bring organic dining to campus is available at “Organic on the Green” (www.organiconthegreen.wordpress.com), the ground-breaking student blog dedicated to feeding the organic revolution on campus.
Called “Taste the Change: How to Go Organic on Campus,” the manual is published by the Organic Agriculture and Products Education Institute,, a non-profit organization founded by and affiliated with the Organic Trade Association, the business association for the organic community in North America.
“This is an activist’s guide for students who want to join the growing national movement to bring organic food into college dining halls,” said guide author Nina Merrill, a senior at Colgate University, who also founded the “Organic on the Green” blog.
“There are thousands of students nationwide who are working to increase the organic offerings in our schools and build an understanding of the true definition and importance of organic,” said Merrill. “As students, we have a tremendous capacity to influence the way our society thinks about organic. We are the motivators and influencers of what we will see harvested, sold and purchased in our lifetime.”
The guide begins with an introduction to organic, including its definition, history, benefits, standards and labeling. It then presents an overview of the organizational tools needed for getting started on campus. Tips for working with food service, approaching issues like purchasing policy, working within budgetary constraints, and building relations with organic vendors are covered in detail. The guide also offers tips on how to raise awareness and support for organic on campus, as well as ways to showcase organic through special events and interactions with the media. In addition, the guide’s innovative “spotlight” sections provide concrete examples from students at Yale, NYU, U.C. Berkeley and other universities who have successfully implemented these strategies to promote organic on campus.
Christine Bushway, President of the Organic Institute and Executive Director of OTA, said, “We are proud of Nina’s efforts to bring organic into the college setting and are thrilled to see that so many other students around the country are actively supporting organic on campus.”
About “Organic on the Green”
The first blog for college students interested in bringing organic food and products to their campus, “Organic on the Green” provides a space for students to discuss the successes and pitfalls of organic campus initiatives, and network with others nationwide with similar concerns. Featuring essays from students, administrators and food service professionals on the front lines of making college dining more sustainable, the blog encourages all students to share their efforts to bring more sustainable food choices to their campuses. “Organic on the Green” is hosted by OTA.
About the Organic Agriculture and Products Education Institute (Organic Institute)
Founded in 2007, the Organic Institute’s mission is to educate about the attributes, benefits, and practices of organic agriculture and products today for better environmental and personal health tomorrow. It informs, educates and trains agriculturalists, processors, academics, other professionals, students, consumers and the general public in order to increase the amount of farmland under organic production and the number of people choosing organic products. The Organic Institute is a non-profit organization founded by and affiliated with the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
About the Organic Trade Association (OTA)
Founded nearly 25 years ago, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its 1,700 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
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