Is your school’s dining hall unfriendly to vegans? Write them a letter!
Dear [Campus Dining Hall],
I am a student at [college] and am a vegan. This means I do not consume any animal products including, but not limited to, meat, dairy, and eggs. I am writing this letter because I am concerned about the lack of varied, healthful, and nutritious vegan options offered by [dining hall].
Veganism is an increasingly popular movement of people who oppose the use of animals for ethical and health reasons. The use of animals is exploitative of workers, the environment, and, of course, the animals themselves. The UN has repeatedly encouraged a move away from animal-based diets for environmental reasons, as it is meat, dairy, and egg industries that use 50% of all the water used in the United States, 30% of the earth’s land mass, and 70% of the grains and cereals grown in the U.S. The push to go green by many of our peer institutions.
Contrary to popular belief, a vegan or plant-based diet is just as healthy, if not moreso, than a diet containing animal products. The USDA has praised plant-based diets as a completely healthy lifestyle and Harvard School of Public Health recommends reducing or eliminating dairy intake.
I strongly encourage you to begin introducing vegan food into your dining hall plan. Demonstrate that [college’s dining hall] is proud to be one of the thousands of other institutions that supports and encourages ethical and compassionate living.