According to INSIDER, an annual survey by PETA has revealed that two-thirds of colleges in the United States now offer vegan meal options three times a day.
The survey determined that more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities had increased vegan dessert items on campuses and suggested that colleges have been integrating vegan meals into their dining plans. In fact, the campus dining hall at University of North Texas is 100 percent vegan, and Northwestern University promotes Meatless Monday all around campus and offers a vegan option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in each of its dining halls.
Vegan food at schools has increased significantly in recent years. In 2014, only 28 percent of colleges offered at least one vegan option. In 2015, a study found that the number of plant-based meal options at universities had doubled since 2013. The same study showed that some colleges were promoting plant-based meals to non-vegan students too.
This all makes sense considering more of Generation Z is now reaching college age. Last year, research by Barclays revealed that Generation Z (people born between 1995 and 2005) are way more into plant-based foods than previous generations, even millennials!
Veganism has seen consistent growth over the past decade as millennials—the world’s largest generation—purchase their own foods. Concerned about the environment, animal welfare, and their own health, this generation holds more self-identified vegetarians than any other, explains The New York Times.
More students are choosing to leave meat, dairy, and eggs off their plates as they learn about not only the environmental and health impacts but the shocking abuse involved in animal-based products.
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