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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.


Making use of regional competencies
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.


Meat by Neuland
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 Neuland GmbH Product Marketing at Bad Bevensen is licensee of the Neuland e. V. and has been offering meat from especially species-appropriate and environment-protecting regional livestock farming since 1991. 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. “We just don’t administer antibiotics to our animals prophylactically”, explains Neuland’s managing director Thomas Strauß. Thanks to the especially species-appropriate keeping, the animals were much more resistant and would not fall ill so quickly. “Later on, you will notice that in regard to quality as well: the meat does not shrivel in the pan and you can enjoy it with a clear conscience”, says Strauß.

(For further information about Neuland, see www.neuland-fleisch.de.


The golden egg
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.

Would you fancy sustainable fish?
In regard to fish, the Student Services relies on sustainability, too: as of now, all refectories will exclusively offer those species of fish, which are demonstrably not stock-endangered or coming from organic aquacultures, respectively. Our purchase of fish assortment follows the according guidebooks by Greenpeace and WWF.

With these measures, the Student Services wants to contribute to the termination of the oceans’ overfishing and the associated consequences for mankind and environment. Our dependable partner in this is Germany’s largest supplier of fish and seafood, the company “Deutsche See”. With its 23 nation-wide branches and its two manufactories in Bremerhaven and Hamburg the Deutsche See guarantees that all fish being provided to the Student Services comes from sustainable fishery. In 2010, the company has been awarded with the  German Sustainability Award.