"The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) recently released their Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) certification program for restaurants, caterers, and food service operators.
The REAL program is modeled after the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. Like LEED, REAL would be a voluntary program with multiple levels of certification: silver, gold, and platinum.
REAL is working with food and nutrition experts to develop a consensus-based, points-based rating system, much like LEED. The program will award points to restaurants who use nutrition best practices, such as organic and local foods, restricted dietary offerings, fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, and moderate or multiple portion sizes."
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