Not only does going vegan save animals (more than 100 animals per year), vegans on average also weigh less and live six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters. So it’s no surprise that in the past few years, the number of vegan college students has doubled. And because vegan dining halls are popping up at campuses all over the country, it’s easier than ever to eat a delicious vegan meal and still make that 3 p.m. lecture.
Roots is the name of the all-vegan dining hall that opened at the University of California–San Diego (UCSD) after a three-year campaign by students and peta2’s Campus Outreach Crew to garner support for more vegan options—and this week it celebrates its one-year anniversary! Thanks to Roots, UCSD students have been enjoying everything from stacked enchiladas and potato gnocchi to vegan chicken sandwiches and BBQ lettuce wraps. If you’re in Southern California, stop by Roots, order a coconut vanilla cupcake, and wish our most vegan-friendly college’s most delicious dining hall a happy birthday!