A vegan foray through the Gießen study society
Vegetarian diet is hardly anything unusual in our society today. The Vegetarian Federation of Germany (VEBU) estimates that eight to nine percent of the population do not eat meat and fish products. In 2008, around 0.1% of the population in Germany was vegan. So without dairy products, eggs and honey. The proportion is less than 80,000 people.
Three years ago Maria decided to do so Maria. She describes the trigger as follows: “I didn't want animals to suffer and die for my food. At the time, I thought it wasn't that healthy. But then I got more information and found a lot of reasons for not using animal products. It is good for your health and with a plant-based diet we can fight world hunger and do something for climate protection. ”
The 41-year-old single mother lets her son eat what he wants. The only restriction: meat should not be prepared at home. In addition to the moral aspects, Thomas' motives were above all the personal knowledge: "I just wanted to try out for myself what it was like to eat without animal products, to what extent you perceive it as a restriction and what it does in the body." He would see himself less as a 'vegan' and more as a nutrition-conscious person. In the eight weeks in which he is now vegan, he has learned a lot about nutrition. “I also feel unexpectedly good otherwise. The day before yesterday, I even undercut my best time on the long haul, ”says the 23-year-old student.
Vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise For two years now, the Gießen cafeteria has had a veggie day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The demand for vegetarian and vegan dishes seems to be increasing.
Gunnar Meister, head of the refectories, says: "We have transformed the vegetarian alternative from the three dishes into a vegan one. We received many inquiries from the students. After all, there is a degree in ecotrophology here, because many deal with nutrition and have certain requirements. ” The veggie day would have had a very positive response. By people who eat vegan, but also by others who simply try the dishes. "The best seller are sweet potato cookies or the sweet potato curry". He knows his way around statistics.
"We assume 0.5 to 1 percent vegan students, and about 15 to 30 percent use the vegan dishes." There is also a vegan dish on Wednesdays. On the other days, vegans can enjoy side dishes, salads or at the pasta counter in the vitality canteen.
Snacks and restaurants are also expanding their vegetarian and vegan selection. In July 2012, a vegan restaurant even opened. "Vollwert-S" is the name and human health is the focus here. "Our food is wholesome, organic and vegan, these are the three principles according to which we design our offer," says Reinhard Storch, one of three operators of the restaurant.
The branch belongs to the Sabbath Tranquility Advent Community and is based on Christian values. “Respect for nature and life is very important. Animals were eaten even in biblical times, but animal husbandry is no longer acceptable these days, ”says Uta Dura. The second person of the team of three. Rahel Brille adds: "Animal rights activists are concerned with protecting animals, our primary concern is to protect human health." (Fr)
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