Veganism has grown 350% in the past 10 years and continues to grow exponentially.
The demand is driven by young and socially-conscious individuals, many of whom are students.
Currently, Durham VegSoc has almost 1,000 members (1/17 of the university student population), yet college catering is failing to keep up.
Vegans are left disappointed to find that the vegan food options provided by college catering are tasteless, repetitive and limited.
The problem is that students who live in college accommodation and are interested in meat-free eating are not catered for - the options are typically bad, not nutritionally balanced, and are given no option. This means that students are unable to explore vegan eating, something that many gain awareness of for the first time at university. They are not given the opportunity to try a diet and lifestyle that is healthy, ethical and environmental.
Moreover, catering staff are mostly unfamiliar with vegan cooking, and therefore unprepared for this new rise in demand.
We DEMAND more vegan options to be provided at all 16 university colleges.
We DEMAND better vegan options. Research conducted among vegan and non-vegan college students to provide the type of food that students want, to improve the options available to them at mealtimes.
We DEMAND increased accessibility to vegan options (promoted better to encourage all students to choose the vegan option, so that it doesn't have to be asked for but is always on the menu).
We, as Durham University students, are willing to work closely with the university catering management to IMPROVE, INCREASE AND ADVERTISE vegan options available in college catering.
We want Durham University to acknowledge that the number of vegans is quickly growing, and that their needs NEED to be met in university accommodation catering.
Vegan food can be extremely cost-effective, easy to make, and delicious, so providing more and better vegan options not only benefits Durham University students directly, but also provides many benefits for the catering team as well!
Please sign this petition to show your support to get Durham University to provide more and better vegan options in university accommodation catering!
Many thanks :)