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The four of us are vegan activists because we have come to understand that eating and living this way is the best and most important thing we can do for the planet, for ourselves, and for animals. Our collective work in the community runs deep, from public speaking and writing, to participation in public service projects and even building a retreat center where people can learn about and live in a cruelty-free environment.
When sharing ideas, sensory experience is key. So when it comes to dispelling the road-blocking myth that environmentally-friendly, compassionate, healthy food (read: vegan) is boring, bland, uninteresting, and unsatisfying, what better way than providing the community with tantalizing vegan food, in abundance and delicious glory.
Our hope is that with each burrito, overstuffed sandwich or decadent slice of cake served, misperceptions will chip away and crumble. Eyes will open. Hearts will open. And hopefully, quite a few vegan cookbooks will open, right inside our patron's homes! In other words, as people's awareness expands, they may move in the direction of veganism. And perhaps, just maybe, some of these individuals will ultimately inspire others to do the same.
Here's why this is so important to us.
Vegan in a Nutshell
You may have heard the phrase, 99% of people say they love animals, yet 99% of people eat animals. If these percentages are even remotely accurate, then our community is sadly missing out on a tremendous opportunity to live closer in alignment with its own values. And here's the clincher: knowing that we're acting in a way that reflects our deepest values isn't just a cognitive boon; it's a heart-felt gift. It's the palpable joy we feel when we do so.
There's this brilliant bumper sticker that reads Real environmentalists don't eat meat. Ever wonder what that means? For starters, raising animals for food is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined. Animal agriculture is so destructive to the environment that it makes recycling, the use of energy efficient lightbulbs, and the avoidance of styrofoam just a drop in the bucket. So, for people who place the environment high on their priority list, just imagine what it could be like to dine on a yummy meal that's not steeped in environmental degradation. It wouldn't just be delicious; it would be a relief.
And finally, our health. Nutritional research overwhelmingly shows that a whole-foods, plant-based diet based on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes protects humans from the chronic diseases that result in pain, disability, premature death, and high insurance costs for all.
Moving towards the ideal, one bite at a time
With all that's at stake, the four of us feel compelled to hit all the bases when it comes to introducing the community to the idea that it's not only possible, but joyful to live in alignment with our values. So, welcome to Root 66, a place to move towards one's own ideal, one bite at a time.
Yours for a better world, JC Corcoran, Dave Holland, Liddy Holland, & Rae Sikora
Want to learn how to protect the environment, help prevent chronic disease, and offer compassion to animals, simply by making different food choices? Here's a great place to get started.
Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico is a (501(c)(4) charitable organization that works to pass local, state and federal laws that protect animals and reduce animal suffering. Two of the Root 66 co-founders, JC Corcoran and Dave Holland, are on the board of APVNM and oversee its statewide activities. Root 66 is proud to provide ongoing support to this cause.