Regionality of our products
Why is food from our region particularly important?
In 2019, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was able to demonstrate that using local suppliers could reduce worldwide food transport emissions by a factor of ten. The decrease in the CO2 footprint would help protect the climate (see: From avocados to apples: Producing food locally could help reduce climate emissions. In: pik-potsdam.de. August 29, 2019, accessed October 2, 2019).
One of the major sectors for regional economic development is regional food production and processing. Regional economic development planners must address competitiveness in a global market. The planners aim is to strengthen the region by defining a basis for sustainable development, whilst not placing an unreasonable burden on other regions. See www.ernaehrung-bw.info/pb/,Lde/Startseite/Nachhaltigkeit/Regionale+Lebensmittel+liegen+im+Trend (memento from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive)
The definition of “regional” can refer to the geographical distance from the producer to the consumer as well as the number of nodes in the supply chain.
The Studierendenwerk Paderborn and regional food
The Studierendenwerk Paderborn procures from regional producers and continues to expand the network of regionally sourced produce.
The effects of a product on the CO2 footprint are particularly high when it comes to the origin of meat. Here is some information about the origin of the meat we use:
38 of the 41 frozen meats that we procure are regionally sourced. We are now no longer sourcing the 3 remaining meat products from outside the region and are instead seeking to acquire them locally.
We purchase 64 fresh meat products from the local butcher Handwerksfleischerei Sander in Augustdorf.
Mr. Sander selects his suppliers himself. He has maintained a long-term relationship with each of them and bases his selection on the following criteria:
- Location within 150 km of Augustdorf
- High standard of hygiene
- Medium-sized companies are preferred
- Full transparency within the supply chain
- Continuous impromptu sampling of products to ensure hygiene standards are maintained