Dining Services Presents: a Vegan Cooking Demo!

April 21, 2021
a man standing in a kitchen cooking

Did you know that, according to the USGSit takes about 460 gallons of water to produce a quarter pound of meat? For context, that's the amount of water it takes to run about 13 baths (USGS). 

In the modern food system, we are often very disconnected from the source of our food and the resources needed to produce it. The modern American diet tends to be high in meat and animal products, though these require significant amounts of water, land, food, and energy to produce. 

According to the EPA, global animal agriculture is responsible for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The negative environmental impacts of the animal agriculture industry and livestock grazing include increased air pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and erosion. 

While larger systemic changes are certainly needed to address the detrimental impacts of the animal agriculture industry, individuals can make a significant impact by reducing the overall demand for meat and incorporating more plant-based options into their diet. Fortunately, reducing meat and dairy consumption requires minimal time, money, and effort, and research shows that eliminating even just one serving of meat from your diet per week can make a significant difference in carbon emissions. 

Here at St. Thomas, Dining Services offers numerous meatless options across campus In honor of 2021 Sustainability Week, Dining Services will feature vegan and vegetarian dishes at the Northsider and the View on Tuesday (4/20) and Thursday (4/22), providing a great opportunity for students to sample delicious and simple plant-based options. 

To highlight just how easy and tasty following a plant-based diet can be, check out Chef Ben’s cooking demonstration in which he prepares a vegan nacho cheese sauce!




For more information on veganism and vegetarianism, check out the following articles: 

Meat consumption, health, and the environment | Science (sciencemag.org) 

Environmental Impact of Meat Industry – Current Status and Future Perspectives - ScienceDirect 

Environmental Impact of Meat Consumption | Open Case Studies (ubc.ca) 

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions | US EPA