Vegan Visionaries: Interview
Name: Veronica Green
Veronica Green is a vegan children’s book author inspiring the next generation of vegans through her Veggie vero super hero books. She is committed to empowering and inspiring vegan children through her thought provoking adventure books. We have included her in our vegan visionaries series for her forward thinking and inspiring work. Through Veggie Vero, her super hero vegan adventure books, Veronica has captivated the imagination of children while simultaneously allowing the message of kindness and compassion to prevail without being preachy.
Here is a look at Veronica’s recent trip to Scotland
1. When did you become a vegan?
A: Becoming vegan was a slow transition for me. In 2011, I became “pescatarian” meaning I still consumed fish and some dairy products. It wasn’t until 2016 that I made the full connection and became vegan.
2. What was your inspiration or the catalyst to you becoming a vegan?
A: I became pescatarian after interacting with live farm animals. They were so gentle and loving…I knew I could no longer contribute to their suffering. Years later, I went full vegan after watching multiple documentaries about the devastating environmental effects of the seafood industry. Also, I had this notion (or perhaps it was simply an excuse) that fish do not feel pain. After really investigating the topic, I realized that could not be further from the truth. If they felt no pain, they would not be fighting and struggling until their last breath.
As far as dairy is concerned, I quickly learned that the dairy industry IS the meat industry. They are one and the same…a simple YouTube search will give you the gruesome truth behind dairy.
So, to answer your question, I went vegan as a result of research, live animal interaction, and keeping an open mind. That’s the golden combination.
3. What would you say is the number 1 challenge to being vegan?
A: Being able to see the light while those around you are still in the dark. That might sound a bit melodramatic (that’s what you get for interviewing a writer), but it’s really the truth. Once you adopt a vegan lifestyle, you become aware of just how embedded animal products are in our society. Simple things like going out to lunch with a friend can become frustrating because you realize how easy it would be for your friend to just order the veggie burger instead of the ‘tortured cow’ burger. You are seeing the world through a new lense and you want so badly to share it with everyone around you. That’s the biggest challenge…for sure. Oh, and deciding what to do with the leather shoes and purses you’ve accumulated over the years. That’s also a challenge
4. How would you summarise your work/ business in 1 sentence?
A: Using children’s books to inspire new generations of eco-conscious humans.
5. When and Why did you start your work/ business?
A: Almost immediately after going vegan, I knew I had to write about it. I didn’t consider myself an expert on the subject, since I was newly vegan, so a How-To guide was out of the question…but I did feel very passionate about the lifestyle and I wanted to create something that would empower young vegans. I realized that as the vegan movement grows, many parents would be faced with the challenge of transitioning their children’s diet too. I thought to myself “Who can a little vegan look up to?” “What do they have to make them feel normal when all their schoolmates are eating animal products?” That’s when Veggie Vero began to take shape. Although she was intended to empower little vegans, I have been pleasantly surprised by how many non-vegan parents have purchased my books! They simply want their children to be more aware of what they’re eating and where their food comes from. I hope that my books have planted seeds of compassion with those non-vegan parents and their little ones.
6. If someone is thinking about becoming a vegan what is the number 1 advise or words of encouragement you could offer them:
A: Just DO IT!! It will be the best decision you’ve ever made. MENTALLY; you will have peace of mind knowing that your existence is not the cause of someone else’s suffering. PHYSICALLY; you will have more energy, lose weight, have clear skin…everything about your body will begin to heal and function the way nature intended. SPIRITUALLY; you will begin a spiritual journey like you’ve never imagined. Being vegan makes you feel more connected to the Earth and all living things. You’ll begin to see value in all forms of life, even down to a small bug.
Watch the documentaries that are out there…they’re hard to watch, but for me, they were crucial. The truth is at your fingertips and I believe that every single vegan has positive ripple-effects within their circle of friends and family.
Lastly, clean out your fridge, freezer and cabinets so that no animal products are sitting there, tempting you. (Donate as much of it as possible to your local shelter!) Do a vegan grocery trip to stock up on the essentials. Have fun with your new ingredients. Experiment, learn new recipes and treat yourself to some vegan ‘junk’ so that you don’t feel deprived (Ben & Jerry’s makes vegan ice-cream…just sayyin)
*Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote about stocking your vegan-pantry
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