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One of Every Five College Students Ditching Meat

CollegeVeg2011.jpgAccording to a recent article in Sustainable Food News, foodservice marketing research firm Technomic has released a report indicating that 21 percent of university and college students limit their meat consumption by sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet, cutting out certain types of meat, or eating meat only occasionally.

This comes as little surprise after another study by Bon Appétit Management Co., a company that manages more than 4,000 corporate, college and university dining services, found that vegetarianism has gone up 50 percent and veganism has doubled on college campuses in the last four years.

As more students choose healthy and humane plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs to combat the destructive impact animal agriculture has on animals, the environment and human health, school cafeterias are getting the message. This fall, a dining hall at University of North Texas is going 100% vegan and Sodexo, one of the world’s largest foodservice providers, is expanding its Meatless Monday campaign to its college and school cafeteria clients.

If you’re a high school or college student and your school is lacking in quality plant-based meal options, consider organizing a campaign to get more vegan options in your school cafeterias. Check out this helpful Guide to Veganizing Your University’s Cafeteria and corresponding video for tips on how to get started. If you’re not in school, consider approaching local restaurants about carrying more vegan options. MFA’s Vegetarian Resource Guide for Restaurants is loaded with information and tips to help restaurant owners and managers capitalize on the growing demand for vegan foods.

Not vegan yet? Check out ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and helpful tips on how to transition to a healthy and humane vegan lifestyle.