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Maharishi University meals transcend mundane cafeteria food

Des Moines Register    Translate This Article
11 March 2008

On 11 March 2008 Des Moines Register reported: Maharishi University of Management, founded in 1974 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and located in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, leads the trend toward providing healthy, organic, and locally grown produce and vegetarian fare for its students, staff, and administration. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.

The Des Moines Register quoted Maharishi University of Management Executive Vice President Craig Pearson as saying, 'The faculty has made it a point to consider every aspect of a student's experience here. What you eat plays an important role in how you feel and even how you learn.'

The university's farm manager Steve McLaskey supplies head chef Don Bowman with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from the campus farm and greenhouse.

The Des Moines Register reported, 'Bowman helped design the new student center kitchen, which includes top-of-the-line commercial ovens, water-saving dishwashers and no-slip flooring materials. His Baxter oven can bake 100 loaves of bread at once, allowing the chef to inject steam to make the crisp crusts found on artisan breads.'

A typical lunchtime meal might include vegetarian pizza with organic crust, fried rice, pasta with red sauce, chickpeas, and sauteed vegetables. Also included are a full salad bar, fresh bread, and beverages.

According to Carol Petersen, Vice President for the National Association of College and University Food Services Midwest region, the trend extends to college dining halls nationwide, which are serving more vegetarian and organic food.

The Des Moines Register quoted Petersen as saying, 'People want to know where their food is coming from.'

She stated that more and larger universities are trying to serve locally grown food.

At Maharishi University of Management, students enjoy their healthy food in the dining hall of the newly built $7.5 million Argiro Student Center, which was constructed with natural materials, and designed with an east-facing entrance in accordance with the principles of Vedic architecture. It has chandeliers, marble floors, and a stained glass window.

Besides the dining hall, the building also includes an auditorium, lounges, meeting rooms, student government offices, and the World Peace Cafe, which also serves vegetarian fare.

The school cafeteria is open to the public and charges $6 per person for breakfast, $8 per person for lunch, and $8 per person for dinner.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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