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Lancaster University responds to claims campus was going vegan

Bosses at Lancaster University say that contrary to reports, there are no plans to make the catering at the Bailrigg campus 100% vegan based.

It was reported elsewhere, including by some national media outlets, that the move would happen following a recent vote by Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) to endorse a transition to plant-based catering.

That vote took place during a Lancaster University Students’ Union Assembly last week relating to a campaign by student group, Plant Based Universities.

At the Union Assembly, 18 out of the 19 members present at the meeting voted in favour to endorse for the University to transition to 100% plant-based food by 2027.

Clarifying the situation, a spokesperson for Lancaster University said: ‘’At this stage, this vote means the Students Union is committed only to lobbying the University.

‘’It does not mean there will be any immediate ban on meat and dairy products on campus as that is not within LUSU powers to decide. It also does not affect the private commercial food outlets on campus.

‘’Plans for the University to implement a move to plant-based catering have not been agreed.

‘’LUSU will now look at the suggested proposal for moving to a plant-based catering model in much closer detail and University staff will work closely with them as they do so.

‘’Details of those plans will be shared with staff and students as and when they are made.’’

As a university committed to Net Zero by 2035, regular feedback sessions are conducted with students around food choices on campus. These have shown that students prefer to have choices on campus.

A wide range of food outlets are present on the campus, with an aim to have vegetarian and plant-based options on every menu.

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