Students at the University of Oxford in the UK voted to ban beef and lamb from all campus canteens in a bid to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The ban is likely to cover food outlets run by universities, but does not include food served in the halls and cafes of various colleges, the Daily Mail reported.
A motion in this regard was passed by the Oxford student union by a two-thirds majority in the weekly student council, but the Daily Mail reported that the student union’s decision will not affect colleges that still wish serve beef and lamb to their students. .
The motion, which was co-authored by an Indian-born student named Vihan Jain, said the union should “call for bi-monthly meetings with university officials to advocate for the adoption of a university policy regarding reduction and withdrawal of meat.
Student body demands to ban beef and lamb gained momentum after the university admitted it failed to meet its 2021 carbon emissions targets, the official newspaper reported from the university, The Oxford Student.
“Banning beef and lamb at university events and outlets is a feasible and effective strategy to help the university meet its revised 2030 target,” the motion adds. “As the UK’s premier university, the nation looks to Oxford for leadership, but Oxford has shown a lack of leadership in tackling climate change.”
“The substitution of beef and lamb products is probably the most impactful change that authorities can encourage in the behavior of the university to reduce our collective impact on climate change,” said Agatha Edevane, one from the motion co-drafters at The Oxford Student. “I hope Oxford can join with other thought leaders to influence this important change and demonstrate that we are all involved in the fight against climate change.
“The student union should not dictate what can and cannot be eaten by students and guests using the university’s catering facilities. Food preferences should remain a matter of personal choice, ”Caleb van Ryneveld, a returning student union representative, told The Oxford Student.
Beef bans have already been introduced at several universities across the UK, including Goldsmiths, University of London and University of Cambridge.
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