Give BYU students the option of making their self-funded dinners plant-based

Give BYU students the option of making their self-funded dinners plant-based

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Eric Lenhart started this petition to Foreign Language Student Residence

The Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR) on Brigham Young University (BYU) campus accommodates students from all over the world who want to practice or help others practice a number of languages other than English. As part of the program, four nights each week, all students who live in the housing eat dinner together with others who speak their particular language. This dinner is communally payed for and prepared by the students; the funds are overseen by BYU's College of Humanities.

Overall, this program is wonderful and successful at helping students learn a second language at a conversational level. The housing complex has been accurately described as "the melting pot of BYU" (Phillips, 2015). All that we're requesting now is that the FLSR take one more small step toward inclusivity: give the students the option to prepare their own plant-based dinners, using the fund they contributed to. 

The FLSR should make this change because [1] there is demand at the FLSR for plant-based dinners, [2] this demand isn't going to disappear (Oberst, 2018), [3] many students see this as a moral or ethical issue, and [4] this change would be simple: for the FLSR administration, it wouldn't be a matter of accommodating students so much as allowing the students to accommodate themselves. So whether students are vegan, vegetarian, vegan-leaning, or simply conscientious of their own health or their impact on the world, let the plant-eaters eat their plants.

References:

Oberst, L. (2018). Why the Global Rise in Vegan and Plant-Based Eating Isn’t A Fad (600% Increase in U.S. Vegans + Other Astounding Stats) [Online]. Food Revolution Network. Available at: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/vegan-statistics-global/ (Accessed: 5 September 2018).

Phillips, C. (2015) ‘FLSR Housing offers international BYU experience with improvements Fall 2015’, The Daily Universe, Provo, 20 February.

 

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