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New students at the University of Aruba were given a workshop called ‘How To Go Vegan on a Student Budget’ during Intro Week on August 16.

The workshop was led by the university’s Social Work Professor and vegan activist at Vegan Aruba, Meredith Marin, with assistance from vegan student and model Emily van Spaandonk.

It included information about how to cook your own meals, choosing local produce, trying frozen vegetables, filling up with plant proteins, and spending your money on nutrient-dense foods.

Huge step for veganism

Marin told Plant Based News: “At the workshop, students tasted vegan sliders and chocolate oreo cupcakes from local vegan-friendly restaurants.

“This is a huge step for the growing vegan movement on the small Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, and a sign that academia is beginning to embrace the vegan message.

“What better time to go vegan than in college, when the focus is on challenging your beliefs, learning to research and think critically?”

Students going vegan

An increasing number of students are ditching animal products, according to figures within the movement.

In the UK, animal rights charity PETA launched a drive to find campus reps, in a bid to support these young people and spread the vegan message.

According to PETA Director, Elisa Allen: “Students in the UK are going vegan in huge numbers.”

You can find out more about Meredith Marin@veganaruba

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.