College goes meat-free

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First published in News

Meat and dairy have been completely banned from an Oxford University college menu for five nights a week after a motion to serve only vegan food was passed.

Students at Wadham College agreed to serve vegan meals five nights a week to help fight climate change.

This motion, put forward by fourth-year engineer James Kenna, comes after students agreed in March to introduce meat-free Mondays.

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8:07am Tue 17 Jun 14

BigAlBiker says...

That just goes to show how intelligent the students are, a minority of "kids with eating disorders" get their way.

Weird.
That just goes to show how intelligent the students are, a minority of "kids with eating disorders" get their way. Weird. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -7

8:25am Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The owners of the nearest kebab vans must be joyous!

I do hope they've taken into consideration the diets of people who are allergic to Chlorophyll.
The owners of the nearest kebab vans must be joyous! I do hope they've taken into consideration the diets of people who are allergic to Chlorophyll. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 7

8:42am Tue 17 Jun 14

William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames says...

The minority ruling the majority once again.
The minority ruling the majority once again. William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames
  • Score: -2

9:11am Tue 17 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

I see the Democratic People's Republic of Wadham is alive and well, then.
I see the Democratic People's Republic of Wadham is alive and well, then. EMBOX2
  • Score: 5

9:38am Tue 17 Jun 14

thomashenry says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
That just goes to show how intelligent the students are, a minority of "kids with eating disorders" get their way.

Weird.
Eating meat twice a week is hardly an eating disorder. Eating is every day is more of one.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: That just goes to show how intelligent the students are, a minority of "kids with eating disorders" get their way. Weird.[/p][/quote]Eating meat twice a week is hardly an eating disorder. Eating is every day is more of one. thomashenry
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Paul0 says...

Meat and dairy cattle are not the only source of methane (the "other greenhouse gas" blamed for climate change). Growing rice in wet fields also produces methane, so, to be consistent, it should be not just a meat-and-dairy-free diet, but rice-free as well.

In any case, I suspect there is some poor science here. Climate change is primarily caused by the rapid release of all the stored-up carbon from ages past when we burn fossil fuel. Methane emissions from cattle are part of the normal circulation of hydrocarbons in the environment -- they're recycled in effect. True, if we increase the number of cattle hugely, the balance might begin to be affected, but I don't think it's the real problem facing us. "**** cows cause global waming" sounds like an internet myth.
Meat and dairy cattle are not the only source of methane (the "other greenhouse gas" blamed for climate change). Growing rice in wet fields also produces methane, so, to be consistent, it should be not just a meat-and-dairy-free diet, but rice-free as well. In any case, I suspect there is some poor science here. Climate change is primarily caused by the rapid release of all the stored-up carbon from ages past when we burn fossil fuel. Methane emissions from cattle are part of the normal circulation of hydrocarbons in the environment -- they're recycled in effect. True, if we increase the number of cattle hugely, the balance might begin to be affected, but I don't think it's the real problem facing us. "**** cows cause global waming" sounds like an internet myth. Paul0
  • Score: -6

7:26pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

What a load of tosh! As if a few hooray Henrys not eating meat for 5 days a week is going to make any difference, I wonder how many of them use the bus, or drive cars?
I guess common sense isn't a requirement to get into Oxford University then.
What a load of tosh! As if a few hooray Henrys not eating meat for 5 days a week is going to make any difference, I wonder how many of them use the bus, or drive cars? I guess common sense isn't a requirement to get into Oxford University then. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Vegaia says...

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~ Albert Einstein

Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet
http://www.onegreenp
lanet.org/vegan-food
/step-by-step-guide-
how-to-transition-to
-vegan-diet/
"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy "As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?" “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." ~ Albert Einstein Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet http://www.onegreenp lanet.org/vegan-food /step-by-step-guide- how-to-transition-to -vegan-diet/ Vegaia
  • Score: 5

10:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CowleyBoy says...

If humans didn't eat meat, there'd be chickens everywhere. Your garden, your driveway, your road. Is that what you want? Chickens?
If humans didn't eat meat, there'd be chickens everywhere. Your garden, your driveway, your road. Is that what you want? Chickens? CowleyBoy
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

tinsel84 says...

CowleyBoy wrote:
If humans didn't eat meat, there'd be chickens everywhere. Your garden, your driveway, your road. Is that what you want? Chickens?
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]CowleyBoy[/bold] wrote: If humans didn't eat meat, there'd be chickens everywhere. Your garden, your driveway, your road. Is that what you want? Chickens?[/p][/quote]LOL! tinsel84
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

tinsel84 says...

What an idiotic idea!
What an idiotic idea! tinsel84
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

so much for freedom of choice at university.
so much for freedom of choice at university. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 1

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