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University of Wisconsin Food Service Trying Out Organic

From <> 10/2/03
2 October,

Organic hamburger patties produced by area farmers have replaced traditional
quarter-pounders in University of Wisconsin Housing Food Service cafeterias
this year.

The patties are made of one-quarter pound 100 percent all-organic beef and
replaced traditionally produced burgers at the beginning of the academic
year. The patties are purchased through Organic Valley and produced by
organic farmers in the area.

Though the burgers made their debut in previous school years, University
Housing Food Service decided to put the organic patties center-stage as a
result of student demand for organic products and an overall desire to offer
fresh, quality food to UW students. University Housing Food Service has
received many requests for organic menu items in recent years.

"We're a land-grant university that's supposed to be supporting local
farmers and reducing environmental impact," said John Hendrickson, senior
outreach specialist for the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Though the price of organic hamburgers for UW students is the same as that
of previous years' burgers, the price of the patties for University Housing
Food Service is nearly double that of the non-organic type. The constant
price was made possible by the extra funding available by University
Housing's costs to residents this year.

Plans for this year also included the addition of an all-organic salad to
the menu in Food Service cafeterias, but organic suppliers were unable to
produce the amount of salad needed for the University. Though no immediate
plans are in effect for the inclusion of more organic menu items at Food
Service cafeterias effort is being made to move toward buying organic

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