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These are high times for the student restaurant on the VUB campus in Etterbeek. A few weeks ago they welcomed king Filip for lunch and only days later they were awarded a GOOD FOOD label. This sustainability mark is presented by the government of the Brussels Region, in doing so praising the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for its continued efforts on sustainable food. The label was presented to the university by Brussels minister for the environment Frémault.


VUB’s student restaurant contended with 21 other Brussels’ institutional kitchens to obtain a GOOD FOOD label. Only eight candidates ended up with the coveted title. VUB was one of two kitchens with the highest score and received two of a possible three forks. To get one fork competitors had to comply with all the obligatory criteria put forward in the award dossier. Obtaining two or three forks required a certain score on a number of optional criteria.



The judges praised the ordering and follow-up system of VUB to reduce food waste. The minister was furthermore impressed with the daily vegan offering, unique in institutional kitchens in Brussels. Rob Renaerts, auditor of the certification process, added that offering vegan meals is one of the most effective environmental measures an institutional kitchens can take.

Met de uitreiking van het GOOD FOOD-label wil de Brusselse overheid keukens belonen die veel aandacht besteden aan een lekkere, gevarieerde en gezonde voeding die lokaal geproduceerd wordt met aandacht voor milieu, dierenwelzijn en goede arbeidsomstandigheden van op het veld tot in het bord. Het is de bedoeling goede voorbeelden in een bredere Brusselse Good Food-strategie bekend te maken. Geen overbodige luxe, want voeding maakt 25% uit van de Brusselse koolstofvoetafdruk. Kantines zoals het VUB-restaurant kunnen dat flink reduceren: jaarlijks worden immers niet minder dan 73 miljoen maaltijden geserveerd in de 2500 Brusselse kantines!