BY: LAUREN VAN SLOTEN
As a student at California State University Long Beach, it is completely mystifying to me as to why there is nothing healthy to eat on campus. This college offers people the opportunity to purchase “greener” choices like salads and veggie wraps, but these are not healthy options.
Why make such a fuss about eating only organic? The answer to this question is simple- maybe students would prefer to live a longer and healthy life. Non-organic food products carry an immense amount of harmful additives. Non-organic fruits and vegetables contain synthetic pesticides that no amount of scrubbing, with soap, will remove. And non-organic meats and dairy products are injected with antibiotics, steroids, and hormones, which isn’t safe to consume. Consequences of non-organic food can be catastrophic. Adding extra hormones to meat and dairy for human consumption has been linked to cancers and other body complications. By genetically modifying (GMO’s) fruits and vegetables to grow bigger, hardier, and pest resistant is messing with the natural form of nature. This process causes fruits and vegetables to lose virtually all of their natural nutrients.
Organic food can be on the more expensive side for the CSU system and for the general public; however, it is not an unreasonable request to have organic food options available on campus. It would be much appreciated to be given the opportunity to purchase organic foods at the college I attend. It is not a difficult task to incorporate 1 to 2 items on the menu that are completely organic, and while we’re at it, CSULBcould throw a few organic snacks into the snack shops around campus too.
Some people could suggest that I just pack lunches from home, which I already do. But what if I get too busy one day, or fall behind schedule? Am I supposed to be penalized for forgetting my lunch and am now unable to purchase healthy food at my campus, the campus I pay tuition to attend?
It is not an unwarranted request to ask a public school, a state university, to carry some organic food options and who knows, maybe the school could make a little profit from their organic food sales. People who already eat organic food understand it is more expensive to buy, but educated people are still willing to pay for it. Organic food would not be wasted at school. People who are informed about the benefits of organic food are willing to pay the extra price because they know it will keep their bodies healthy. The organic food trend continues to get bigger, which is why organic products in stores are getting less expensive. CSULB has the biggest CSU campus in California, with one of the largest student populations. Understanding this, perhaps they could understand that not everybody has the same dietary wants and needs. With such a large number of students it is an easy assumption to guarantee a good portion of the student population would be interested in purchasing organic food at school.
There is an immense amount of information available about organic food and its benefits, yet CSULBcontinues to sell unhealthy, non-organic options.CSULB is an institution of higher education that instills a desire in each student to reach a higher standard, but it should kick it up a notch and practice what they preach.