OK, it’s not a vegan pizza but UC Berkeley has a new menu line up for the four remaining tree sitters: the ER Bar, a 2,400-calorie emergency ration food bar that sounds like it tastes like tree bark.
With a 5-year shelf life (does that even outdo the Twinkie?), the bar contains no tropical oils, cholesterol, nuts or coconut and it can withstand temperatures up to 149 degrees. Are you hungry yet?
“Following a UC police report that the protesters are depleting their previously stockpiled supplies, senior campus officials consulted with the campus medical director Dr. Brad Buchman and decided to provide each individual with the equivalent of 1,800 calories a day, an amount Dr. Buchman has determined to be sufficient to meet essential requirements,” according to a university statement.
The university had been sending up water and energy bars (we were told Clif Bars at , but can’t be sure) but sending up three of the 2,400-calorie bars per day will give each of the four tree sitters 1,800 calories a day, which is at the lower end of the recommended daily caloric intake for men. The bars also contain 100 percent of the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended vitamins and minerals, a university official tells me. They will cost the university about $8.50 a day.
About three weeks ago, the university stopped allowing outside groups to give the tree sitters food because there is a court order baring people from living in trees or aiding and abetting tree sitters. This is not sitting well with tree sitters.
The university has cut traverse lines, removed wooden platforms and 22 days ago drove three hard-core sitters into one redwood. A fourth was able to sneak into the tree Tuesday.
“The University remains committed to ending the occupation while doing everything possible to ensure no one is harmed as a result of this misguided effort to protect a 1923 landscaping project”, said campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. “If they don’t like the current conditions, there is an easy solution: they can come down and continue this protest in a manner that is consistent with the law, and respectful of the rights of others.”
And forgo the energy bars?