University of Washington Raising Consciousness by Eliminating Meat
Further proof that if I was an undergraduate these days I'd either be dragged off in handcuffs or a straight jacket. From the University of Washington's the Daily:
Come Earth Week, students can expect to see the return of some warm weather, a campus-wide clean-up challenge, a Red Square celebration — and no meat.
On Monday, April 16, Housing Food Services (HFS) looks to kick off Earth Week with a plan that, for one day, will eliminate all meat products from the dining facilities in both the 8 and Terry Hall’s Eleven 01 Cafe. If successful with students, the change will transform the look of campus dining on Mondays — placing the UW among a long list of communities to adopt the worldwide health initiative that has made many Mondays, Meatless Mondays.
For RFC [Real Food Challenge, the organization behind the effort], the reduction in large, meat-industry purchasing by HFS would mean a higher degree of sustainability, locality, and environmentalism for the university — a goal that Campus Animal Rights Educators (CARE) has in mind as well.
“There’s always the diet concern, but our primary focus is teaching about corporate stronghold of the meat industry,” [Stephanie Iris] Robinson [RFC's leader] said. “My hope is that this will involve emails to clubs [and] organizations, posters in residence halls, and a small tabling event on Red Square to promote this food-based celebration of Earth Week.”