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We show the UW the way

population-health-initiativeVegetarians of Washington has submitted a population-health-initiative-proposal to the University of Washington Population Health Initiative, which aims to bring together the research and resources of the UW and partners around the Puget Sound and beyond to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.

Funded by a gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Initiative will focus on three key areas: human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity.

Our proposal outlines the benefits to human health, the environment, global hunger and other social justice aspects. We proposed that the Initiative look for ways to educate the medical profession, NGOs, policy makers, teachers, farmers and the general public about the importance of a plant-based diet, and how to go about making the necessary changes. Our key conclusion states:

The potential for improving health and saving human lives by encouraging the world to shift to a plant-based diet is enormous. The costs of this project are small, in comparison to the potential huge global savings in healthcare costs, not to mention the potential for saving the planet from climate change and many other environmental crises, and freeing up vast quantities of land and water for an ever-increasing population.

They will be considering all proposals in January 2017. We hope they step up to the plate!

Universities Veg-up this Fall

University of WashingtonCollege just got more veg friendly. Aramark, the nation’s largest campus food service company, is increasing its vegetarian and vegan options after a survey it commissioned showed that over a quarter of students said that vegan options were important to them. This is great news for students at local colleges and universities such as the University of Washington

Aramark has over 80 vegan entrees available for incorporation into their residential menus. The line up includes dishes such as Tofu-Potato Hash, Vegan Home Style Pancakes and Spiced Breakfast Quinoa to Southwest Sweet Potato, Butternut & Black Bean Chili, and Chickpea Panchmael. There’s even vegan snickerdoodles for dessert.

About 40% of  students say that the ability to customize meals is one of the top five most important attributes at limited service restaurants, so Aramark is planning on setting up veg action stations where students can design their own made-to-order dishes.

Formerly the focus of many a joke and horror story, we’re happy to see the improvements in college dining. We’ll spare the students the usual rant about how boomers used to have to walk five miles in the snow to campus only to get a serving of motor oil and sawdust!