In 2009, only 1 million people in the United States–approximately 1 percent–reported being vegan or vegetarian. Today, that number has grown to 16 million, or around 5 percent. According to a 2011 Harris Interactive study, 33 percent of Americans eat less meat than they did seven years ago, even though they do not maintain vegan or vegetarian diets.
While the university offers a few vegetarian dining options, finding highly nutritious vegetarian and vegan meals can be challenging. This spring semester, freshman dietetics and nutrition major Stephanie Bird took it upon herself to change this by founding the Plant Based Society at FIU. …to read more, click here.