Food options in the cafeteria at Langara College are being re-evaluated to include more vegetarian choices, in addition to Meatless Mondays on campus.
Meatless Monday begins March 30
The Langara Earth Stompers environmental club met with Chartwells on March 11 to ask for more vegetarian options in the cafeteria as well as more environmentally friendly and healthy
selections.“We want things like less eggs, less cattle and alternatives for milk,” said Adam Kelliher, the club’s leader.
According to Rizwan Bandali, director of food services for Chartwells at Langara College, the beginning stages for Meatless Monday on campus is set for March 30. Bandali said they will start with the 2.mato and Global Village stations.
“We were approached by the environmental club to partner in creating awareness of the environmental impact of global meat consumption,” Bandali said. “We will also be encouraging students to go meatless at Triple O’s and at Artisan Deli.”
The benefits to eating less meat
Also present at the meeting was Anna Pippus, special projects director with the Vancouver Humane Society, who gave a presentation about the benefits of Meatless Monday.
According to meatlessmonday.com, the movement began in 2003 in the United States and launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.“There’s a surge in healthy contemplations and actions on Monday,” she said. “It’s like having a New Year’s Resolution at the start of the week.”
In her presentation, Pippus said eliminating meat even just once a week has a variety of benefits.
“It reduces the risk of preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity,” she said.
Students are looking forward to more options
Bandali said customers will also be encouraged to go meatless on Tuesdays at Triple O’s with a veggie burger option as part of its $3.69 Triple “O” Tuesdays original burger feature.
Emily McBryan, a vegetarian and first-year fine arts student at Langara, said she isn’t happy with the current food situation in the cafeteria and is hopeful it will change.
“The options right now aren’t very great,” she said. “There needs to be more variety, like having pasta that doesn’t have meat in it.”
Bandali said they will continue working with the marketing department to develop promotional material, and believes Meatless Monday will be successful with students.
“We are constantly working on developing new menu items and alternatives to increase products available to non-meat-eaters,” he said.