World Veggie Day

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day. This day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month. And whether you’re a seasoned vegan or a meat-eater testing the waters, our university restaurants offer an incredible array of meat (and dairy-free) food for you to try without breaking the bank.

Of course you don’t have to be a vegetarian to reduce your meat intake. But take into consideration that worldwide over the last ten years alone, total global meat consumption has grown by twenty percent. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide – more than the entire transportation sector. Just imagine how much carbon and resources we could save if we ate less meat. Even just eating meat one less day a year would make a difference. Let today be that day.

Erasmus University has many amazing places offering cuisine suitable for vegans and vegetarians, not only on October 1st. So we asked the people who work at Tosti World, Erasmus Paviljoen and de Etude (Vitam canteen) about their own favourite veggie dish.

Daphne (Erasmus Paviljoen): ‘Every week we have a different menu. Having at least three vegetarian options. I don’t really have a personal favourite. Everything we serve is fresh and yummie.’

Miranda (de Etude): ‘We have lots of vegetarian options here. My favourite is the salad bar. It’s completely vegetarian. We also have a vegetarian soup, every day.’

Blanka (Tosti World -  below left): ‘My personal favourite is a tosti with goat cheese, honey and chives. Although the one with brie, walnuts and honey is also super delicious. They are both on the menu, but if you want you can order a combination of these two.’

Olivia (Tosti World -  below right): ‘We have lots of vegetarian tosti’s. My own favourite is mozzarella, tomato and basil. A classic, but one of the best.’

Nudging

Behavioural economist Jan Stoop came up with the idea to implement a ‘nudge’ to reduce the carbon footprint. Simply by changing the default option lunch services and banqueting ordered by personnel of Erasmus School of Economics have become 100% plant based.