Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers

Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers

Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change

1st Edition - August 28, 2018

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  • Editors: Sapna Thottathil, Annelies Goger
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128136188
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128136171

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Institutions like schools, hospitals, and universities are not well known for having quality, healthy food. In fact, institutional food often embodies many of the worst traits of our industrialized food system, with long supply chains that are rife with environmental and social problems and growing market concentration in many stages of food production and distribution. Recently, however, non-profit organizations, government agencies, university research institutes, and activists have partnered with institutions to experiment with a wide range of more ethical and sustainable models for food purchasing, also known as values-based procurement. Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers brings together in-depth case studies from several of promising models of institutional food purchasing that aim to be more sustainable, healthy, equitable, and local. With chapters written by a diverse set of authors, including leaders in the food movement and policy researchers, this book: Documents growing interest among non-profit organizations and activists in institutional food interventions through case studies and first-hand experiences; Highlights emerging evidence about how these new procurement models affect agro-food supply chains; and Examines the role of policy and regional or geographic identity in promoting food systems change. Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers makes the case that institutions can use their budgets to change the food system for the better, although significant challenges remain. It is a must read for food systems practitioners, food chain researchers, and foodservice professionals interested in values-based procurement.


Supply Chain Specialists, Food Service Directors, Food Sales Managers, Food Brokers, Dietitians, and Procurement Specialists. Upper level undergraduate students in food science and public health

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Anim Steel

    Part I
    The Role of Institutions in Food Systems Change
    1. Introduction: Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers
    Sapna E. Thottathil
    2. Trends in the Global Food System and Implications for Institutional Foodservice
    Kristal Jones, Kimberly Pfeifer, Gina Castillo
    3. Situating Institutional Foodservice in Agro-Food Value Chains: Overcoming Market Power and Structure With Values-Based Procurement
    Annelies M. Goger

    Part II
    Setting Purchasing Standards Through Policy
    4. From Foodservice Management Contracts to U.S. Federal Legislation: Progress and Barriers in Values-Based Food Procurement Policies
    Raychel E. Santo, Claire M. Fitch
    5. The Good Food Purchasing Program: A Policy Tool for Promoting Supply Chain Transparency and Food System Change
    Lindsey Day Farnsworth, Alexa Delwiche, Colleen McKinney
    6. From Navigating the Regulatory Environment to Designing a Good Food Supply for Institutions: Cases From Philadelphia
    Jonathan Deutsch, Alexandra Zeitz, Benjamin Fulton, Brandy-Joe Milliron, Catherine Bartoli

    Part III
    Creating Shared Identity Using Place-Based Connections
    7. Making Local Sourcing Standard Practice: Lessons From Michigan
    Kathryn Colasanti, Colleen Matts, Kaitlin K. Wojciak
    8. Farm to Institution New England: Mobilizing the Power of a Region’s Institutions to Transform a Region’s Food System
    Nessa J. Richman, Peter H. Allison, Hannah R. Leighton
    9. Montana’s Beef-to-School Project: Making Connections to Enhance Local Agriculture
    Carmen Byker Shanks, Thomas M. Bass, Joel B. Schumacher
    10. Institutional Markets Supporting Midsized Farms: A Case Study of Iowa
    Kranti Mulik

    Part IV
    New Directions for Institutional Foodservice
    11. Sustainable Food Purchasing in the Health Care Sector: From Ideals to Institutionalization
    Kendra Klein, Jenna Newbrey, Emma Sirois
    12. Bringing School Foodservice Staff Back in: Accounting for Changes in Workloads and Mindsets in K-12 Values-Based Procurement
    Amy Rosenthal, Christine C. Caruso
    13. Food Banks as Local Food Champions: How Hunger Relief Agencies Invest in Local and Regional Food Systems
    Megan Bucknum, Deborah Bentzel
    14. Plant Proteins Move to Center-Plate at Colleges and Universities
    Kristie Middleton, Elise Littler

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 28, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128136188
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128136171

About the Editors

Sapna Thottathil

Sapna E. Thottathil is the co-editor of Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers. She has worked on institutional food purchasing and supply chains with hospitals and K-12 public schools while employed at the organizations Health Care Without Harm and School Food Focus, and now with higher education with the University of California as an Associate Director of Sustainability for the University of California's Office of the President. She is continuing her food advocacy work as a Board Member for Pesticide Action Network (North America), as a Council Member for the Oakland Food Policy Council, and as an advisor to the Plant Based Foods Association. She is also a faculty member in the University of the Pacific's Food Studies Program and is the author of India's Organic Farming Revolution: What it Means for Our Global Food System. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MSc from Oxford University, and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Office of the President, Oakland, California, USA

Annelies Goger

Annelies M. Goger is the co-editor of Institutions as Conscious Consumers. She investigated global value chains and global production networks in wheat and tobacco while employed at the Duke University Global Value Chains Center (formerly the Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness). She also brings previous experience studying globalization, governance, and ethical trade initiatives in the global clothing industry through her dissertation research in Sri Lanka, Europe, and the United States. She is currently a researcher at Social Policy Research Associates in Oakland, California specializing in food assistance, job training, and economic development programs in the U.S. She holds a PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MCP from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in sociology from Brandeis University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Associate, Social Policy Research Associates, Oakland, California, USA

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