Target: Deborah Omasta-Mokrzecki, Manager of Dining Services at Amherst College
Goal: Support college programs that foster sensitivity and understanding towards vegans and/or vegetarians
Amherst College, a progressive school in Massachusetts, is leading the way to a future of healthier, more diverse food for American students. At the center of this movement is the Humphries House, a community-oriented cooperative dubbed, “the Zu.” Humphries House is known for attracting artists, drawing in social activists, and for demonstrating a notable sensitivity towards individuals of all dietary preferences. Members of Humphries House cook meals for each other, and by house tradition, make sure that both vegetarian and vegan options are available. Encourage more schools to adopt this healthy mentality.
The tradition of dietary diversity that exists at Humphries House not only encourages its members to be sensitive to each other’s needs while in college, but also for the rest of their lives after graduating. Living in a house where there are always vegetarian and vegan options available allows the residents to internalize different ways of preparing food that will nourish vegetarians and vegans alike.
When alumni of Humphries House cook food, whether it is for themselves or others who are vegans and vegetarians, they will have a well-founded understanding of how to prepare a meal that is nourishing, appetizing, and accessible to people of varying dietary habits. Sign this petition to encourage more colleges to create programs similar to Amherst College’s Humphries House.
Dear Ms. Omasta-Mokrzecki, Manager of Dining Services at Amherst College,
For many college graduates, it can be a challenge to accommodate the needs of people from different dietary backgrounds. Many people struggle to prepare or find meals for vegetarians, let alone vegans. A bigger issue beyond the simple act of accommodating other people is the issue of understanding the reasons behind their dietary choices. While many people are inclined to pass judgment on those with restricted diets, people who are more cultured and educated are able to understand the motivations for being vegetarian or vegan. Humphries House is one way that Amherst College enables its students to acquire this insight.
For both vegans and vegetarians, there are health motivations for having a more restricted diet, as well as moral ones. Given the abusive practices that are often used in order to create animal-based food products, some people take a moral stand against those practices by refusing to eat any animal-based products (although some people make exceptions for products prepared using moral means). Additionally, preparing meat for human consumption uses far more of the world’s limited resources than producing non-meat food products. Thus, there are also environmental reasons for being vegetarian or vegan. Schools like Amherst College, that support the type of culture that exists at Humphries House, prepare their students for a more worldly view of the food that they consume. It is essential to support organizations like Humphries House in order to prepare future generations for a more enlightened existence. Thank you for your continued support of Humphries House.
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