Sourcing Policy

The Rad Dish Food Co-Op Sourcing Policy

Above all, The Rad Dish seeks to provide its consumers with fresh, nutritious food and to be transparent about how that food is obtained.

  1. The Rad Dish will use a mixed sourcing approach to ensure that its food products/ ingredients are responsibly obtained.  While the Real Food Challenge’s Real Food Criteria and Real Food Guide may be used as a reference, it is up to the sourcing committee to ultimately decide which combination of criteria a supplier/food source must meet in order to be incorporated into The Rad Dish inventory. The following criteria should be considered when making sourcing decisions:
    • Local– Food available within the mid-Atlantic region, paying mind to seasonal availability.  General rule of thumb is anything sourcing within ~200 miles from Philadelphia. This not only attempts to reduce the number of miles our food travels to increase freshness, but it also supports the regional economy and helps create a sense of place based upon the food available within our bioregion.
    • Ecologically Sound– Food grown organically or without chemical inputs such as herbicides, pesticides, or antibiotics. Suppliers need not be certified USDA Organic, as this label is criticized to have devalued the claim to organic food and sometimes proves to be a financial burden upon smaller farm operations. Note that some items are very difficult or nearly impossible to grow in our bioregion without using synthetic inputs. (Alternatively, we can call this section “Ecologically Sound”-  Farms must practice Integrated Pest Management and operate in a way that does not degrade the land, using methods to combat soil erosion, etc.) Be mindful of ecological limits on the global scale when sourcing items.
    • Fair Trade– Food grown on farms where workers/ laborers are treated fairly and given a living wage and the right to organize.

Please visit this link to download a copy of our Sourcing Policy.