Posts tagged ‘vegan interview’

December 1, 2010

It’s the Thought that Counts

There are many people who would not consider themselves a vegan, or even a vegetarian, yet they are very conscience of the impact the food they eat has on their bodies and the world.

Sami Fink is a senior in college and a former vegan. Due to health reasons, she has recently returned to a mostly vegetarian diet, but she still believes in the principles behind the vegan movement.

ME: What motivated you to become vegan/ vegetarian?

SAMI: I have always been inclined towards a vegetarian diet, so when I made my first vegan friend I decided it might be interesting to take it a step further and challenge myself with a vegan lifestyle. I suppose my initial reasons were mostly based on animal rights, but later on I started to really embrace the environmental aspect of it.

ME: What do you believe the true meaning of veganism/vegetarianism is?

SAMI: I don’t think there is a “true” meaning to veganism and vegetarianism. I think the reasons and values vary so much from person to person that it’s hard to put a definitive value on what it means. That being said, I (personally) see vegetarianism as a way of rejecting the culture of valuing economic benefit over reasonable living. I am no longer vegan (and I have broken my veggie diet a couple of times in the past year) but I am still very passionate about ethical consumption and living. It’s about making the right choice, not the easiest choice.

ME: Do you think it’s important to be militant about hidden animal ingredients or trace amounts of hidden animal products?

SAMI: I don’t think it’s necessary to be militant at all, for me, anyway. I stopped being a vegan because after three years of my best attempts to have a healthy diet, I realized that it is not a feasible diet for my body. Everybody’s body needs different things, and some people do great as a vegan- I, however, do not. I still eat vegan a lot of the time, but I feel like I need dairy sometimes. I don’t think it does animal rights or environmental justice movements much good to nit-pick. I think its more about eating healthy, supporting local diverse farms, and nit-picking more about where your products come from, not if they have a possible slight trace of milk in it.

ME: How do you choose which products that contain hidden animal products you use? For instance sugar and rubber.

SAMI: I actually try to minimize some of the hidden animal products that are out there from my diet. I get non-processed and bleached sugar, I avoid gelatin, etc. Still, there is SO much that it is nearly impossible to avoid. My bike has rubber tires, but I try to get everything for my bike recycled or second hand so that I am not consuming brand-new products. It’s also another reason to shop secondhand or vintage!