Both of the university’s student union restaurants – the Junior Common Room and Queen’s Tower Rooms, which serve several hundred people a day – went completely meat-free last Monday. And all outlets in the university supported MFM by offering good veggie options.
Green Weeks at Imperial began in 2008 and students are very positive about the venture, according to Nicolas Massie, the student union’s deputy president for welfare. Massie added that he hoped to make Meat Free Monday a more regular feature in student outlets.
“Meat Free Monday at Imperial allows us to raise awareness of the impact of meat consumption on the environment, to show students that it is possible to have a satisfying, nutritious meal without meat, and to make a small but important contribution to our carbon cutting schemes. We’d like to thank Taste Imperial for their assistance and cooperation in making an almost meat-free campus on Monday a reality.”
The menu included goats’ cheese salad, lentil and bean casserole, falafel and spinach burger, vegetarian lasagne and Arancini rice balls.
Meanwhile universities across the pond are following suit, with more than 35 already having joined MFM’s sister campaign, Meatless Monday.
Students at Northern Arizona University are the latest to push for the greener, healthier choice with a bid to gather 1,500 signatures on a petition in support of meat-free dining one day a week.