Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ban the Burger, Save the World

David Gorn
Hamburgers and pizza disap-peared from scores of univer-sity and corporate cafeterias across the country today — all in the name of saving the planet, one bite at a time.

In honor of Earth Day, there was no beef or cheese on the menu at places such as the University of San Francisco dining hall.
Executive chef Jon Hall, who supervises the kitchen crew, says the one-day ban is designed to raise awareness about the effect food has on the environment.

"We don't do it every day," Hall notes. "It's not like we never have hamburgers — there'd be a revolt."

But students will be eating a lot fewer burgers if Helene York has her way. She's the manager of a nationwide low-carbon campaign for Bon Appetit, a food-service company based in Palo Alto, Calif. Her program reaches more than 400 cafeterias and cafes across the country. All of them trimmed out beef and cheese for the day. More>>

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