Veggies and values

By: Jessica Ricks, Staff Writer

Vegetarians, vegans and any student curious to know more about the meat-free lifestyle is welcome to join the Veg Club.

Many of the people who join the club are already vegetarian, or are at least open to that lifestyle, yet the transition is always a little bit challenging.

“Growing up eating meat your whole life and living with meat eaters, I definitely had to learn new ways to get my protein in, and I’m still trying to learn how to cook,” Vice President of Veg Club Sarah Elsayed said.

Veg Club will be volunteering with the SPCA and will have a speaker, Chris Dtrick, who is a big vegan activist in the Baltimore area, this semester.

“I feel like Towson has a really big environmental initiative and we really tie into that,” President of the Veg Club, Skylar Moore, said. “Especially next semester I want to work a little more closely with environmental groups at Towson.”

Vegetarianism and veganism isn’t just about health and animal rights, it has implications on many other aspects. 

“I think a lot of people, when they hear a plant-based lifestyle, they think it’s just about animal welfare,” Elsayed said. “And that’s a big sector of it but there are a lot of people that care more about the environment, world hunger, their health, so they do it for those reasons.”

The club also brings awareness to the environmental and health consequences that eating meat causes.

“I know personally for me when I went vegetarian and vegan, it opened up so many doors and exposed me to so many concepts,” Moore said. “I think I really gained a lot of knowledge doing that. I think Towson values diversity so much that this really is another form of diversity.”

The club meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in LA 2314.

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