Certified organic (USDA standards) milk, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and chickens offer the assurance that environmental harms have been minimized through prohibitions on many pesticides, on genetically-modified food varieties, and chemical fertilizers. Though these foods often travel long distances, the health benefits to farmers, farm workers and farm ecosystems makes this option an important step toward a more sustainable food system.
Georgia Grown food offers fresher, tastier food and helps reduce the use of fossil fuel for transport, thereby lowering Emory's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to the depletion of non-renewable resources. Emory's goals for Georgia and regional food support a vibrant Southern economy, preserve open space, agricultural landscapes, provide easier access for direct relationships with farmers, and help preserve the regional farming culture.
Regionally Grown food provides similar benefits to Georgia grown. Regionally grown recognizes the limits of the Georgia growing season, and was developed as a second priority to Georgia Grown. The regional grown area is an 8-state region of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Hormone and Antibiotic Free: By choosing milk, dairy, eggs, chickens, and other meats produced without antibiotics or artificial hormones, we eliminate a major source for antibiotic resistance within the food supply, and protect human health against potential endocrine disruption. In addition to promoting food safety, the elimination of routine antibiotic treatment within the dairy, poultry, and livestock industries can lead to more humane treatment of these animals.
Fair Trade certified products guarantee improved labor conditions and higher pay in plantation agriculture and among producer cooperatives in developing (and some developed) countries. Fair trade certified producers must support local economic development efforts, democratic processes, and direct relations between buyers and sellers.