Students explore vegetarianism through recipes and sustainability

Julie Pellegrini (left) and Maureen Martin-Edey (right) were very excited to tell students and staff about all the different vegetarian and vegan recipes. (Kasandra DaSilva)

Kasandra DaSilva

News Reporter

Humber’s Office of Sustainability gave students a taste of what it is like to be a vegetarian Thursday in honour of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Vegetarians dreams came true as the North campus concourse was filled with vegetarian and vegan free samples, recipes and information for those seeking to join the vegetarian lifestyle.

Sara Laux, co-chair of the Humber Community Engagement in Sustainability committee, said that it is valuable for students to learn about this different lifestyle.

“This event is important because college is often a time to explore vegetarianism, and we would like to make sure that people who are thinking about that decision are able to undertake it in a healthy way,” she said.

Elis Halenko, a wellness representative for Daiya, a company that produces vegan dairy products, was happy to be sharing vegan quesadillas to help make students aware that eating vegetarian and vegan can be tasty and enjoyable.

“We live in a day and age that we should know that there are other options out there for food,” said Halenko

Second year University of Guelph-Humber student Ariel Deutschmann has been a pescatarian for three years now and was very excited that Humber was holding this event, as she was excited to learn more recipes for her lifestyle.

“Even though I still eat fish because I am a pescatarian, I still have the same struggles as vegetarians and vegans do when looking for new recipes,” she said.

Even though the event was to promote vegetarianism, Laux wanted students to know that the Office of Sustainability was just extending awareness.

“We are not saying that one way of eating is better than another, but we can all agree on the idea that eating less meat is an environmentally sound decision,” she said.

Vegetarian or not, Laux said that the event was a great opportunity to get some new information and find out about some of the vegetarian food choices on campus, as well as connecting with other students and staff with similar lifestyles.

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