Another UK university 'goes woke' as 'potty' Lancaster votes to transition to 100% plant-based catering by 2027

Another UK university 'goes woke' as 'potty' Lancaster votes to transition to 100% plant-based catering by 2027

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 15/05/2024

- 12:32

Updated: 15/05/2024

- 13:45

Lancaster becomes the 12th university to pass a similar motion, joining the likes of Cambridge, Newcastle and Warwick

Lancaster University Students Union has been accused of 'going woke' after it voted to transition to 100 per cent plant-based catering by 2027.

The Students’ Union (SU) has voted to endorse a transition to fully plant-based catering across the campus, with 18 out of 19 members voting in support.

The proposal puts forward a gradual transition, with a target of 50 per cent plant-based catering by 2025, and full implementation by 2027 subject to review.

However, some have criticised the move at Lancaster, which ranked 11th best in the Guardian University Guide 2024, saying it was "potty".

\u200bCampaigners celebrating the motion passing at the university

Campaigners celebrating the motion passing at the university

​Plant-Based Universities 

Plant-Based Universities Lancaster campaigner Faye Rennie said: " We are really excited that the students’ union is endorsing a shift towards plant-based catering here at Lancaster.

"This is a massive step in the right direction and fully aligns with Lancaster’s other sustainability commitments and initiatives.

"We look forward to working with our Students’ Union and University to make the results of this vote a reality, making the most sustainable choice the most convenient one."

The move has also been backed by professors at the university, with professor in Energy and Climate Governance Rebecca Willis saying: "Reducing consumption of meat and dairy products is a crucial step in meeting our climate and health targets. I’m really pleased that Lancaster’s students are asking our university to lead the way on this vital issue."


\u200bJacob Rees Mogg

Jacob Rees Mogg called the move 'potty'


Lancaster has become the 12th university to pass a similar motion, joining institutions such as Cambridge, Newcastle and Warwick.

However, North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called the move at the Lancashire University "potty." A former Tory Minister said the move was: "A weird policy spawned by weird thinking by weirdos."

The move has been backed by Chris Packham who tweeted in support of the group's campaign at the University of Birmingham.

The BBC wildlife presenter said: "If you are smart you’ll read the message loud and clear. Change is happening… Top work."

Chris Packham

Chris Packham supported the move


In November, Students at the University of Warwick backed a motion forcing union-run catering outlets to adopt plant-based menus.

Plant-Based Universities Warwick campaigner Vivek Venkatram said: "We want this change to benefit everyone."

However, the Countryside Alliance condemned the decision backed by a "tiny minority" and said the vote raised questions about whether the sweeping change was "made with the interests of the wider student population in mind."

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