25% of Stanford Students Sign up for Meatless Mondays!
David Kay, founder and former president of Stanford PAW (People for Animal Welfare), recently penned an article for The Standard Daily, a student news website, on the rise of students opting to participate in Meatless Mondays.
According to the article, 1,700 Stanford students–which equates to 25 percent of the student body, have pledged to go meatless on Mondays last year alone. He also credits Stanford for listening to the requests of its students in terms of offering more plant-based foods, earning it the title of “Most Vegan-Friendly College” by PETA last year. However, Kay states that this increase is not only due to the abundance of options that is appealing to students, but also due to them learning more about meat production itself. He writes:
“At the end of the day, folks are not choosing different foods just because of the health benefits and delicious food products available (although those are certainly good reasons to do so!). They’re doing so because they recognize that meat production is destroying the environment and hurting humans and animals alike.”
Kay continues on to write that while not everyone has the same access to plant-based foods and that it is “absolutely crucial that we fight for institutional changes to address this grave problem”, in Stanford that is not the case. Due to the abundance of vegan and vegetarian food in the dining halls, and options available when buying food or dining out, he concludes:
“These reasons — the moral necessity of decreasing meat consumption and the ease at which most students can do so — may explain why overwhelming numbers of Stanford students are ditching meat.”
If Kay is correct in the formula needed to promote plant-based diets on campuses and beyond, we may just see higher amounts of students trying out the Meatless Monday pledge, as information and options become increasingly more available and accessible!
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