Promoting veganism in Slovakia’s universities

Promoting veganism in Slovakia's universities
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The Slovak Vegan Society has started an ambitious project entitled The Green Dining Room, which has the intention of facilitating greater availability of vegan meals for students studying at Slovak universities. 

The project will cooperate with university catering facilities in order to contribute to the expansion of the lunch menu with vegan options. As well as offering new options to students, the program also includes the offer of interactive cooking workshops for those wishing to learn. 

As reported in Slovakian news site, the project is currently collaborating with eleven universities, with some now offering plant-based options to students on every day of the week. 

In January 2022, the Green Dining Hall conducted a survey with a total of 1,076 university respondents to find out more about the interest they would have in a plant-based diet. The results revealed that 59.4% of students have no specific dietary requirements. However, 3.9% were vegans, and 5.9% were vegetarians. Interestingly, 21.3% are so-called ‘reductionists’, i.e. those who consciously reduce meat consumption. 

Lucy Trefná, the coordinator of the project, stressed that not only is a plant-based diet good for the environment but it is also much cheaper to buy vegetable food than animal-based food products.

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