Having a variety of tasty vegetarian options is good for your health, the environment, and animals! Other students will probably thank you for increasing their food choices too. By signing and promoting this petition, you aren’t committing to eating only vegetarian foods all the time (although that would be awesome); you’re just supporting healthy, humane choices for all!
- Food Service Director at NCSU Dining Hall
There is a matter of great importance that I would like to bring to your attention. As a vegetarian, having
adequate menu options is important to me. The availability of vegetarian menu items appeals not only to
vegetarian students like me but also to those looking for healthy, dairy-free, and kosher options. Like me, many
students avoid eating foods derived from animals for ethical reasons. The thought of eating a chicken, pig, fish,
or cow is as unappealing to me as the idea of chomping down on a dog or cat! Many other students are skipping
meat-based meals for environmental reasons, because in addition to consuming large amounts of water, land
mass, and energy, the livestock industry creates more carbon emissions than all the cars, planes, and trucks in
the world combined.
Furthermore, obesity is a growing problem among America’s teens, with as many as 33 percent considered
obese. You have the opportunity to help combat this epidemic by providing nutritious menu
items. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has provided scientific evidence showing that vegan
foods promote good health and help young people maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, up to 50 million
Americans suffer from lactose intolerance, with 90 percent of Asian-Americans and 75 percent of Native
Americans and African-Americans suffering from this condition. Dairy-free foods meet the needs of students
who are lactose-intolerant or have certain food allergies.
The vegetarian population is rising at a rapid pace, and meatless meals are more popular than ever! Please visit
VegAdvantage.com and HealthySchoolLunches.org for more information, or let me know if I can help in any way.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sponsored by S.A.V.E. (Students Advocating Vegetarian Eating) at NCSU. http://www.facebook.com/savencsu
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