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Our Recipe for Sustainability

The subject of sustainability is playing an increasingly important role at the cafeterias and refectories of the Student Services. The goal to preserve nature and environment for the coming generations determines our thoughts and actions more and more. In the future, we intend to weigh our offers and planning constantly against the background of economical, ecological and social sustainability.  This project cannot be implemented overnight, but the first steps have already been taken – especially in regard to university gastronomy.

At the location Lüneburg, the Student Services has obtained fruit and vegetables from regional suppliers for some time now. Furthermore, all locations get their bakery products from local bakeries. A central quality management emphasizes the sustainability of purchased goods more than before. That means amongst other things, that we buy fish exclusively from suppliers who guarantee that their products come from sustainable fishery without exception.

In addition to that, we offer meat from species-appropriate animal husbandry at our refectories as often as possible. This meat is labelled accordingly at our menus. The supplier is ‘Neuland’, a company located at Bad Bevensen. In 1988, Neuland has been founded as an association for species-appropriate and environment-protecting livestock farming based in Bonn. Especially interesting is the fact that Neuland was not founded by the butchers’ industry, but by five social associations. Until today, three of them still function as support associations: the “Deutsche Tierschutzbund” (DTschB), the “Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz” (BUND) and the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft” (AbL).

The farmers who cooperate with Neuland have obliged themselves to keep their animals according to particular standards. Thus, pigs, cattle and poultry are exclusively fed with species-appropriate and locally produced food, which has neither been genetically modified nor been blended with efficiency-enhancing additives. Furthermore, the farmers abandon intensive livestock farming and rely on lots of fresh air and sufficient roaming instead.

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The Student Services does not only pay attention to the purchase of meat from species-appropriate animal husbandry. Also in regard to eggs and egg products we put emphasis on sustainability and only buy from those suppliers, who abandon cage keeping. At the 8th of October, 2010, the Student Services has been awarded with the international Animal Welfare Price “Das Goldene Ei”. “We are very happy about this price and feel reassured to be on the right way”, the director of the university gastronomy, Michael Gruner, stated on the occasion of the award ceremony in Berlin.

“The conversion will take place gradually at all locations of the Student Services and will be completed by the end of the year at the latest – affecting a total of 12 refectories as well as 10 cafeterias and shops. Every year around 43,000 eggs, 2,500 liters of whole egg, 250 kg of egg cube and about 18,000 boiled eggs are processed there.”For us, these improvements are only the first steps on a long journey,” Michael Gruner is convinced. “Our plans are already going even further. So, from January 1st, 2011, we will only serve coffee with the “FAIRTRADE” seal in all our refectories.”