As of Monday, Nov. 7, the McNicholas café no longer sells meat in their main hot meal on Mondays. They will continue to sell meat products as cold items, like sandwiches. This new change is called “Meatless Mondays,” and was initiated by junior Katie Rogers.
The cafeteria is going to start slowly with just cheese pizza and spaghetti with meatless sauce. They will then expand into more variety with different vegetables. The change is supposed to help student health, the environment, and the economy.
Rogers has been a vegetarian since the start of summer, and hopes to eventually go vegan. She became a vegetarian after watching the movie Forks Over Knives, which claims that almost all degenerative diseases can be controlled by not eating animal-based and processed foods. The book The China Study was also influential in Rogers’ decision to become a vegetarian. It outlines how a plant-based diet is healthier. The documentary Food, Inc. talks about animal cruelty and animal rights, which was another reasonRogers chose to become vegetarian.
Rogers got the idea for the cafeteria from her older sister, who is also a vegetarian and who is attempting to start “Meatless Mondays” at the school where she teaches. “I just hope to make people more aware about vegetarianism and how easy it can be,” Rogers said.
However, some students aren’t as excited as Rogers about Meatless Mondays.
“I like having meat at lunch. I don’t think it should be taken away every Monday so that people can pretend to be vegetarians for a day; it’s their own choice,” senior Haley Stultz said.
Junior Maddie Scott is a vegetarian and has been since she was 12. She welcomes the idea, but is apprehensive about how effective it will be. “I think it is an interesting idea, but I think in the end it will just have people packing more on Mondays,” Scott said.
Rogers says there is much interest in Meatless Mondays already. “It makes being a vegetarian more approachable and possible for people,” Rogers said.