Happy Wednesday, readers! I’m really excited for today’s post! I had the opportunity to interview Unny Nambudiripad, the Executive Director of Compassionate Action for Animals , the organization hosting the upcoming Twin Cities Veg Fest, which is happening in Minneapolis this Saturday, July 14th, 10am-5pm at the Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus.
Unny answered my questions about what you can expect if you attend the festival, and also a bit about his own journey into veganism. Enjoy the interview, and if you live in the Twin Cities area, I hope you’ll stop by the fest!
RGK: What’s the mission of Veg Fest?
UN: Our mission is to help animals by encouraging people to eat more plant-based foods. Animals in modern farms are treated with such cruelty. We want people to be aware of what’s going on with animals and also know about the vegetarian alternative. Animals’ fate is determined every time we eat!
- The Seward Cafe will be selling excellent American-style vegan food
- Pure Market Express offers innovative raw food
- Asase Yaa serves up flavor-packed global fare.
As an adult my brother and I traveled to India and we explored on our own. I became a vegetarian at that time, it was an unconscious process that I later realized was my way of connecting with my heritage.
After I became a vegetarian, I started wondering about the ethics. I met some vegans, read Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, and became vegan and got involved in animal advocacy.
For somebody like me who’s primarily concerned about the morality of our food choices, I see that my path was not very direct. I think that most people have a number of factors that influence their dietary choices, and a powerful force is the culture that we’re around. This festival is about creating a culture where considering the treatment of animals in our diets is the norm. I want folks to have a good time, see that there are other folks who care about animals, and recognize that vegetarians are normal–or strange in a good way!