Berlin University canteens cut down on meat in bid to fight climate change

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Berlin University canteens are cutting down on meat from next term, in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.

The menu of thirty-four canteens and cafes across the German city will be 68% vegan, 28% vegetarian, 2% fish with only one meat option a day, four days a week, as Mondays will be meat-free.
Students and university staff will be able to order chickpea and quinoa bowls, vegan vegetable stew made with red lentils and coconut milk and vegetarian cheese and tomato pasta bake.

Speaking to the BBC, Daniela Kummle of Studierendenwerk, a student support provider organisation which runs the Berlin University canteens, mentioned the results of the 2019 Veggie 2.0 survey, which found that out of the 14,000 Berlin students surveyed, 13.5% stated they were vegan. She said that demand for vegan and vegetarian options were on the rise and the new menu is more climate-friendly.
The great success of the vegetarian and vegan canteens have made it clear that students’ consumer behaviour is changing,” said Kummle to The Guardian. “There’s a clear trend towards fewer animal-based products.”

Germany is one of the countries in Europe with the most numbers of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians.
According to a 2020 survey by plant-based supermarket chain Veganz, 3.2% of Germans consider themselves vegan, 4.4% vegetarian, and 29.1% flexitarians.

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