Lancaster Uni SU votes in favour of transitioning to 100 per cent plant-based catering

The aim is to achieve 50 per cent plant-based catering by 2025

Lancaster University’s Student’s Union has voted yes to transition to 100 per cent plant-based catering.

The aim is to achieve 50 per cent plant-based catering by 2025 and then be completely plant-based by 2027.

Lancaster will be the 12th university to pass the student-led Plant-Based Universities Campaign.

Plant-Based Universities are an international initiative of students campaigning for universities to have 100 per cent plant based catering. The campaign is active in over 80 institutions. They believe that there is an environmental obligation to follow scientific research produced on the environmental impact of animal farming and fishing.

There was a 95 per cent majority vote for the transition to be completely plant-based. This was backed by student campaigners as well as notable academics which shows LUSU’s commitment to environmental action.

Faye Rennie, Plant-Based Universities campaigner at Lancaster said: “We are really excited that the students’ union is endorsing a shift towards plant-based catering here at Lancaster. This is a massive step in the right direction and fully aligns with Lancaster’s other sustainability commitments and initiatives.

“We look forward to working with our Students’ Union and University to make the results of this vote a reality, making the most sustainable choice the most convenient one.”

There was also support from academics at Lancaster University, Professor Rebecca Willis, a Professor in Energy and Climate Governance said: “Reducing consumption of meat and dairy products is a crucial step in meeting our climate and health targets. I’m really pleased that Lancaster’s students are asking our university to lead the way on this vital issue.”

The aim of the Plant-Based Universities Campaign is to address the issue of environmental damage caused by animal farming and fishing. This would create a plant-based food system which would free up land resulting in this offsetting 13 years worth of fossil fuel emissions if rewilded.

Featured image via Plant-Based Universities website.

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