Colleges Chew on Local-Food Phenomenon

Dining halls weigh practical benefits against diverse needs and corporate interests

The local-food movement might be popular in California, where people can sip biodynamic wines grown in local vineyards. The word "locavore" might be familiar in Vermont, with its grass-fed dairy cows and boutique cheeses. But in Georgia, where about 1 percent of farms are organic, far fewer than in even its neighboring Southern states, a different kind of thinking prevails for now.

"You have entered the land of conservative, conventional practices," Ciannat Howett, sustainability