A New Diet

Hello! (:
I have recently decided to go vegetarian with a friend. This decision was partially influenced by my Global Environment class at UCLA and partially by my own desire to have a healthier diet. As a meat lover and a student living on-campus, the challenge will be difficult, as there are, what seems like, many delicious meat options in the dining facilities and few vegetarian. However, I’d like to invite you to join in on my journey to explore the feasibility of vegetarianism as a college student living on campus! What’s holding you back from living up to the challenge?

Environmental Reasons to Eat Green:

Wastes Resources: feeding the animals that feed us requires an inefficient amount of land, and an excessively large amount of water for transportation.

Water Depletion: More water is being used for crops to raise animals. Groundwater aquifers have been quickly depleting in the last century.

Species Extinction: Rainforests have been destroyed at a rapid rate to clear land for cattle grazing. Habitats are being destroyed, reducing species diversity.

Global Warming: The meat industry generates more greenhouse gases than all our vehicles altogether.

“The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs. The results are disastrous.”

-Dr. David Brubaker, PhD at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Livable Future

Campania Panini from Cafe 1919 

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Covel Dining

6 thoughts on “A New Diet

  1. I love that you are talking about the struggles of becoming a vegetarian specifically with UCLA’s dining options. It’s great that we can see how your transition progresses with all of the vegetarian options that UCLA offers. It’ll certainly be easier because of how accommodating the school is to vegetarians compared to a lot of other colleges. Fun fact: UCLA was voted most vegan-friendly college in 2010. Good luck !!!

  2. Your post caught my eye immediately since I’d been considering going vegetarian recently (especially after reading omnivore’s dilemma). The struggles behind being vegetarian are rather common for most people with the initiatives; however, your post inspires me to explore/investigate whether food culture has an influence on the difficulty for people to make the big transition. Thank you for the post – it is definitely informative and engaging!

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement Michelle! It definitely helps for me to go vegetarian with a friend. We snapchat(picture message) all our meals to one another for accountability. I think the biggest struggle so far (in my past 3 days of being vegetarian lol) is knowing whether what I am eating is actually veggie-friendly.

  3. That Campania Panini from looks delicious!
    I because a vegetarian in my second year of college in Manchester, UK (uni to us Brits) so it will be interesting to see how it differs from your experiences at UCLA.
    If you want any tips or have any questions feel free to ask me I’m more than happy to help out a fellow veggie!

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