Healthy eating and environmental conscientiousness are cultural staples of society today and the UCLA Student Food Co-Op is taking tangible action to make them a cornerstone in university living.
Some universities have their own charming farmer's markets days where local producers set up camp, giving students a chance to buy fresh groceries and homemade treats. The UCLA Food Co-op decided to grow its own crops on site. Since some campuses are not short on green space, they are potentially perfect grounds for providing healthier choices that commercial vendors lack. The student organization aims to open the fully student-run and cultivated market on the Westwood campus by 2013.
If every university were self-sustaining, students could cut down the environmental costs that come with sourcing food from large corporations and ward off the notorious undergraduate weight gain.
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