Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are ethical commitment or moral conviction concerning animal rights, the environment, human health, and spiritual or religious concerns. Of particular concern to many vegans are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing, and the intensive use of land and other resources for animal farming.
At Pembroke we have a few students that follow a vegan lifestyle but they are very much in the minority. The vast majority of Pembroke students enjoy a varied diet consisting of all the major food groups, hence the wide variety of food on offer in hall and the servery.
So why do we take up so much time, space and effort with a vegan tapas bar?My intention in early 2008 was to re-vamp the food offering to include more healthy options i.e., more vegetables and pulses and fewer fried items. The tapas bar was designed to offer multiple healthy alternatives to the normal ‘meat and two veg’ options that most Colleges offered.
Students looking to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet could now purchase a selection of tapa's with pita bread and fruit or, if they preferred meat and fish, the tapas offered a large selection of vegetables and pulses to accompany their meal.
But, for the vast majority of customers the tapas have been a big hit.
To-date (13:56 on 09/11/09) we have served:
If we placed each of the 216,010 tapas dishes end to end they would stretch all the way to the Isle of Wight (including the eight mile ferry crossing)!
That is 157 miles of healthy eating- show me a college that can beat that?