Name: Kriss Stress
Place: uhm...not Chicago?
How Long Have You Been Vegan: I lost track...
Favorite Place To Eat: my own kitchen and Red Bamboo in NYC
Favorite Dish: any asian / any italian
Why Are You Vegan: I wanted to lose weight and stop eating so much junk. After being vegan for a little bit, I began to look into the effects that the animal industries have on the environment at large, how the energy used to produce one pound of meat COULD have been used to produce 100 pounds of grain instead, and how migrant workers and illegal immigrants and aliens are the main source of bodies used by these industries to get their work done. These people have no rights and if injured (which most of them do - almost mortally), can't have worker's comp or anything since they're technically not supposed to be in the country anyway.
I've also been able to draw the parallels between my veganism and my faith as a Christian. While I have no interest in pushing my ideals, beliefs or choice of Saviour on anyone, I DO believe that supporting the meat and dairy industries, purchasing products tested on animals and generally not giving a toss about what is being consumed is bad stewardship and a horrible example to others. I'm also of the mind that if a person goes to such great lengths to do their part in protecting animals, then they should love and embrace other people as well instead of being so hateful and callous everyday. I for one am STILL constantly working on this...
I've recently enrolled into a culinary school and upon getting my Associates have full plans of becoming a personal vegan chef/caterer.
Favorite Band: New Order