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University Beef Ban Angers Farmers As Students Prioritise Vegan Options

by | November 13, 2019

The Student Union at the University of East Anglia has voted to ban beef from being sold on campus — a move that has been branded “illogical” by farmers.

The decision was reached as students strive to find ways to make the university more environmentally friendly in the face of the climate crisis.

The Student Union has explained that it would like more plant-based options on sale instead.

“We were disappointed to hear of this decision and we have contacted the UEA and asked to meet them” said Oliver Rubinstein, an advisor for the National Farmers’ Union East Anglia.

“It would be much better for UEA to commit to sourcing locally, instead of penalizing farmers who are doing the right thing for the environment and food security.”

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This is not the first time that a university has voted to ban beef. Similar restrictions are also in place at Goldsmiths University in London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Coimbra in Portugal. 

Research from campaign group Moving Animals shows that more universities would like to get on board.

The group is working in collaboration with the #NoBeef Campaign — a UK organization that is encouraging educational institutions to drop beef and lamb from the menu.

What do you think of the beef ban? Let us know in the comments below!

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