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The GIUZ Sustainability Task Force is committed to making our professional and personal life more sustainable.
In our January 2021 survey to all GIUZ staff and students we wanted to know their opinion about alternative, short supply chains for agri-food commodity products, an issue that has come up in different discussions in the anniversary blog and in 2020 editions of GeoAgenda - and has become even more important under Covid-19. In a nutshell, short supply chains try to generate alternative food systems, which bring producers and consumers together in more sustainable ways. They include community supported agriculture, food cooperatives and other types of associations (also here in Zürich).
As the results of our survey (PDF, 325 KB) shows, 208 out of 211 participants are interested in shortening food supply chains. And 173 people at GIUZ could see themselves as future customers of a food hub at Irchel (pick up point of fresh, organic produce from local agriculture). This was motivation enough and shows that there is ground for a food hub to blossom and grow at our department.
Since then we were committed to facilitate such a food hub at Irchel. Together with the UZH Betriebsdienst Irchel we could find a suitable location where interested people can pick up their organic box once/twice a week.
And now the Organic Food Hub is launched!