Climate-conscious students will soon enjoy more meat-free options in Berlin’s university canteens

Susan S. Johnson

Starting this winter, students at universities in Berlin will be enjoying a larger array of meat-free food options at on-campus canteens. The 34 canteens across 4 campuses that cater to Berlin’s student population will offer a menu that is 68% vegan, 28% vegetarian, and 2% fish-based, with a single meat option that will be offered four days a week.

The menus include marinated beetroot and sesame seeds, pasta bakes with tomato and cheese, buckwheat and spelt bowls topped with grilled sweet potatoes, and much more.

“We developed a new nutritional concept mainly because students have repeatedly approached us with the

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Vegan Kitchen: The making of a vegan

Susan S. Johnson

Thirty years ago, when I left Litchfield, Maine, in Dad’s station wagon in the fall of 1991 bound for Syracuse University and the Newhouse School of Public Communications, I’d been a vegetarian for three years, but I’d never heard the word vegan spoken aloud. That was about to change.

I grew up in central Maine, where vegetarianism was a normal thing for me since my non-vegetarian parents had vegetarian friends and mixed with the veg-positive 1970s organic farming crowd. Yet it wasn’t until Christmas of 1988 that I stopped eating animals. That fall I’d written and delivered a speech

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