Being a Vegetarian on Campus

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By Savannah Roberson | sroberson8@radford.edu

While I’m not a vegetarian, I am a big fan of salads, fresh foods, and what many my friends call “healthy” food. It’s not that I’m consciously trying to be healthy, it’s just that I like this type of food.

I occasionally do like burgers and probably wouldn’t become a vegetarian anytime soon, but I know a few people who are.

One of the number one things vegetarians talk about is the lack of choices they often have when eating out.

There are currently over 375 million vegetarians worldwide, a number that will most likely rise with time, according to ExpoNet. With the gain in popularity America hasn’t caught on board yet, and since this is the case, the choices vegetarians are offered at places like college campuses need to be expanded.

At Radford, several places on campus offer vegetarian or vegan choices. However, there aren’t many. To my knowledge, Create, Au Bon Pain, and Dalton Kitchen are some of the only choices for vegetarians. While these places have options within themselves, it does get old eating at the same few places every time.

Students can get things without meat products at other places, but these things probably wouldn’t constitute as a full meal.

I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan, but I do know how expensive it is to buy the ingredients you need to cook and eat healthily. With the lack of options on campus, this means that many people that are trying to eat as vegetarians or vegans have to buy their food from grocery stores, which is expensive and not fair, especially if they have a meal plan.

For vegetarian or vegan students on campus to not waste money on their meal cards and also not have to buy all of their food from grocery stores, I think there needs to be some more options on campus that are meat-free.

As I said, I like burgers as much as the next person, but I also love eating healthy and understand how expensive and hard it can be —and I’m not even a vegetarian.

With this in mind, more vegetarian and vegan options on campus would not only accommodate more students and make more people happy. It would also encourage healthier eating for everybody and promote trying new things.

People are always excited to try new things, even if it’s not something they might have originally thought about.

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