Friday, December 14, 2012

Vegan for a Month?

A parking lot designation outside of a restaurant in Seattle.
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I've been trying to think of something interesting to do around Earth Day this year on the Hofstra Campus.  Our Center for Civic Engagement is in charge of organizing a variety of events around the date and I am sure that we will have a variety of great talks and panels.  We'll also have some other events like tree plantings and a campus sustainability tour.

I've been trying to think of something to do around food that will draw some interest on campus.  Last year, I ran a year-long Meatless Monday campaign.  I got the signatures of over 1000 people at Hofstra to commit to eating meatless once a week.  This year, I'm thinking about going vegan for April to try to raise awareness of food issues.  

To be honest, I don't know if I can pull it off.  I was vegetarian for several years and I was a horrible vegetarian.  I didn't pay attention to my diet and I ended up eating way too many carbs and putting on weight.  All the vegans I know cook all the time and eat several meals a day.  I don't know if I will have the time for this.  Plus, April is the busiest time of the spring semester and I do like my stress eating.

But, it could serve as a way to educate the campus around food safety, food ethics, and the overall nature of our relationship to food.

If any of you have any suggestions or tips for me, let me know.  

1 comment:

KT said...

It isn't that hard; you do not need to eat all the time. I'm mostly vegan (though I occasionally use butter, eggs, or fish sauce in a recipe). Get some good recipes with tofu, tempeh, and tvp and you'll be all set. Bug me if you need a few recipes to get started.