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UAE aims to become regional food hub
But some colleges and universities go above and beyond in their efforts to serve fresh, wholesome meals to the students who are living and studying there. From a college in Vermont that only sources its food from local vendors to one in Massachusetts that hosts a farmers’ market that’s entirely student-run, we tracked down the best colleges for food in America. (Image Credit: Carleton College) Click Here to see the 60 Best Colleges for Food in America Last summer, The Daily Meal conducted an eye-opening study, building on our previous ranking, that examined the most outstanding campus dining at nearly all of the approximately 2,000 four-year colleges across America. We discovered some schools that gave their students top-notch dining experiences, while others failed to pass even the most simple health inspections. However, in the end we found 52 clear winners that refused to accept the stigma that comes with collegiate dining, taking the ordinary campus meal and turning it into an extraordinary dining experience. For this year’s second annual study, we had a few goals in mind when revamping the list: to see if the schools that wowed us last year were still maintaining culinary perfection; to see the improvements some of the average dining programs have made to possibly rise in the ranks; and to see if any colleges that didn’t make the cut last year have begun to see the importance their dining services have to students. We connected with passionate and candid dining services directors, managers, and chefs, and learned that more than ever, students on the whole are already passionate and knowledgeable about food when they arrive at campus, and are interested in trying new foods and want to know where it’s coming from. Click Here to see the 25 Best College Bars in America Here’s the methodology we used to come up with the Best Colleges for Food in America for 2013: Healthy Food/Local and Sustainable: The meals are made in-house from scratch as well as cooked in small batches, and the school is committed to teaching their students the benefits of buying locally and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Accessibility and Service: The number of eateries on campus along with the daily hours, and how well these locations are taken care of. Events/Nutritional Education: Events are centered on food, and the dining halls help bring students together in an engaging way. Additionally, if they educated their students about nutrition through these events or on their website, it was a bonus. The ‘X Factor’: Something unique and creative that differentiated the school’s dining services from the rest of the pack. Student Feedback/ Social Media: While we still valued many of the things we noted from last year — for example, whether students are interested in trying new cuisines and spices as well as very invested in sustainable and local dining — there are still many schools that seemed to fall short when we evaluated their dining performances. Therefore, we made student feedback and social media outlets the last category in our assessment this year. It seemed appropriate this time around to incorporate how well-received student requests or complaints are by the dining services, as well as the frequency that these pages are updated to inform their students about new additions or changes.
In the SNAP challenge, you live on a food and beverage budget of $4.50 a day, the average amount a recipient of food stamps gets in benefits. I was hungry last week — laser-focused on how much food was left in the fridge and how many dollars were left in my wallet. I was scared about eating portions that were too big, and wasn’t sure what to do if my food ran out. I canceled two scheduled dinners, knowing they were way beyond my budget. But I was doing this challenge on my own. Eighty percent of households that have problems putting food on the table include the most vulnerable — children, the elderly and the disabled. Most people in the SNAP program would have considered my challenge as a “household of one” to be a luxury. My approach to grocery shopping was to try to stay full. That meant carbohydrates. In retrospect, it was a poor choice. I ended up with a diet largely based around pasta, lentils, chickpeas and cereal. While it wasn’t a ton of food, I could mix and match for various meals and find myself not quite full — but enough to get by. Breakfast and snacks were Toasted Oats.
As a food hub, the UAE can export more of its national produce. Abu Dhabi: A UN agency said the UAE could soon become a regional food hub, even though the country is not a food producer by nature. This would be achieved through the implementation of ambitious policies, and the drawing up of a federal food safety law. Andrew Gauldie, food safety and consumer protection officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), hailed the UAE food policies. As a food hub, the UAE would import commodities and ingredients, and use local resources to repackage or redistribute them. It would also export more of its own national produce, such as dates and spices, Gauldie said. One of the first steps in achieving the food security goal is to formulate a federal food safety law that harmonises action plans and strategies in different emirates, he added. The Ministry of Environment and Water is working to establish such a law, with inputs from various emirates. The FAO, which works to improve global nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, enhance food security and contribute to economic growth, conducted a two-day workshop that concluded in the capital on Wednesday. The workshop provided advice to about 30 UAE officials on related matters. A draft law already exists.