In the greenroom just before this TV interview, a producer gently warned me that the anchors would likely take a tough stance against my book, Vegan Is Love.
I imagine that she, the producer, had taken in my small stature, the cuteness of my book cover, and had suddenly felt badly about throwing an innocent little children's book author to the wolves.
"It's okay," I told her, playing soft. Secretly, I was already hardened from my FOX interview, plus I had just returned from a health conference. I was feeling pretty damn sharp.
The anchors, of course, went in as they do. Along with other feigned concerns about protein and ostracization, they suggested that Vegan Is Love might fall into the category of things parents do to "traumatize" children at an early age.
By the end of the interview, as I stepped off the stage, I could feel it had not gone as expected by any of the KTLA staff...enjoy it!
P.S. Today is the LAST DAY to save 50% on all my limited edition art prints from Vegan Is Love and That's Why We Don't Eat Animals. These prints are reminders of our love for animals and the planet—a gift that lasts forever! Hurry, the sale ends tonight at 6p PST!
Ebola is like the best thing ever for the media, fodder to keep their fear-based ratings on fire. Meanwhile, more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died from the virus this year. And in the U.S., about 136 million hamburgers are eaten per day—and those are pretty much chock-full of disease-causing virus and bacteria.
In the back (front) of my mind, I associate animal products with disease, so when I heard on my car radio that the current outbreak of Ebola has been traced back to bushmeat, I banged my fist on the steering wheel because...I. Knew. It.
Not shocked, bushmeat being any wild animal hunted for human consumption—rats, squirrels, antelope, monkeys, etc. It's not just factory-farmed animals who carry disease.
The first Ebola victim, dubbed "Child Zero", died in December 2013 in Guinea after the family had been hunting bats, known to carry the virus. The virus doesn't easily jump the species barrier, but it happens. And in Ghana, over 100,000 bats are killed and sold every year for food (BTW, want to see a rescued baby bat respond to loving care? See the video below).
In many interviews, people ask me about my vision for the future of veganism. My answer is this: I believe that eating animals is so entirely unsustainable, that it will eventually collapse—either because the masses become educated and stop funding the market, or because of some unstoppable "food"-borne virus that shuts down the system.
And as for countries and cultures that rely on bushmeat for survival? Whose lands are not conditioned for plant-based crops? There are non-toxic, organic methods of "pedogenesis" (building soil) and products in the works that essentially turn dirt—and even toxic land—into rich soil.
Read about Michael Meléndrez and his humid acid/soil work. This is the future.
P.S. Speaking of bats...watch a sanctuary-rescued baby bat respond to loving care:
Do you think an all-vegan coffee shop in L.A. is a damn good idea? (You'd have to come by, imagine the crowd you'd run into! I'll be holding all my meetings there, haha!)
This Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 11am to 3pm, visit me (I'll have books) and a bunch of amazing vegan beauty, apparel, and cosmetics vendors at the Fall Vegan Market Popup, hosted by the forthcoming Evolution Coffee Bar (please support it's existence here: www.GoFundMe.org/EvolutionCoffeeBar).
So...your Sunday to-do list:
• Rise and shine to get veggies at the Hollywood Farmer's Market.
• Hop into Space 15Twenty (between the Farmer's Market and Urban Outfitters).
• Make new vegan friends.
• Get awesome, conscientious holiday gifts for self and friends!
Sunday, November 2 | 11am to 3pm
Vegan PopUp Market at Space 15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
More info here.