Sustainable Food

Cal Dining is committed to serving food at the intersection of delicious, nutritious and sustainable. In addition to focusing on plant-forward cooking, Cal Dining prioritizes using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely-treated and environmentally and socially responsible. We adhere to the principles of Menus of Change including:

  • Be transparent. We want our customers to know how their food was produced including information on labor, animal welfare, and environmental practices.
  • Fresh & seasonal, both local and global. We strive to source fresh, peak-of- season from farms practicing sustainable operations both locally and globally.
  • Less meat, better meat. We strive to increase the ratio of plant-based foods on every plate and source animal products from farms and ranches that practice good animal husbandry and environmental stewardship.
  • Focus on whole, minimally processed foods. We focus on serving whole ingredients and work to reduce processed foods in our kitchens and operations.

We define sustainable food according to the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices. brown's - a california cafe showcases most of the sustainable options served in Cal Dining.


Explore our sustainable food options! 

  • Locally raised in Sanger and certified by the Global Animal Partnership, Mary’s is a pioneer in free-range poultry. They prioritize humane farming practices that set an example for the poultry industry. Mary’s Chicken is served in all four dining commons, catering, and campus restaurants.

  • Tofu used in Cal Dining is organic and made with soybeans grown on small family farms in the mid-west. Hodo Soy Tofu is hand-crafted in Oakland, just 5 miles from the UC Berkeley campus!

  • Cal Dining prioritizes using rice grown locally on Rue and Forsman Ranch, located just outside of Marysville. This bird-friendly ranch has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups to provide habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife.

  • All seafood served in Cal Dining is listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide’s best choice or good alternative list! The Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats.

  • All eggs served in Cal Dining are from Deb El Foods, located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Deb El is Certified Humane.

  • Cal Dining is dedicated to supporting farmers here in California and abroad. Fair Trade Coffee is served daily in all four dining commons and as a drip option at all of our Peet’s Coffee locations. Fair Trade certified chocolate is also sold at our convenience stores.

  • Coke Farm represents a diverse group of local, organic fruit and vegetable growers around the central coast of California. Coke Farm produce is offered when possible in all four dining commons, catering, and brown’s!