An encouraging article in the Philadelphia Inquirer says that Bon Appétit Management Co., a company that manages more than 4,000 corporate, college and university dining services, has reported a dramatic increase in the number of vegan and vegetarian students in recent years. In a 2005-2006 survey, 8 percent of college students said they were vegetarian and less than 1 percent identified as vegan. But the company's follow up 2009-2010 survey indicates that 12 percent of college students are vegetarian and 2 percent follow a vegan lifestyle. That's a 50% increase in the number of vegetarians and twice as many vegan college students compared to just 4 years ago!
As students become aware of the devastating impact that modern animal agriculture has on animals, the environment and human health, many are choosing to put their ethics on the table by choosing healthy and humane plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs. And many student dining centers are responding to this growing demand by offering more vegan meal options.
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? Don't get left behind. Check out ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and helpful tips on how to transition to a healthy and humane vegan lifestyle.
Veg*nism a Growing Trend among College Students
by - October 15, 2010