Behind the Lines: David J. Parker
Starting a veg association in any city is likely to be hard work, but starting one in the middle of cattle and oil country seems a little lentil, right?
All bad jokes aside, David J. Parker and the folks at the Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta Association have put some serious work into spreading the word about being veg, and the results have been great. Luckily, along with putting so much time and effort into VofA and his work with the Green Party here in Canada, David was kind enough to contribute “A Veggieman’s Journey” to the last issue of the magazine.
Recently, we also got a few answers from him to fill in the story a little more.
In one word, why are you vegan?
Once I learned how animals affect my health and the environment, and even later how they are treated, I wonder how I stayed omnivorous for the first 40 years.
How long have you been vegan?
We went to the North American Vegan Society annual conference in Olympia, Washington in about 1997 and came back vegan.
Who would win in a fight: Quinoa or Couscous?
I eschew allusions to conflict and combat – anyway, variety is the spice of life.
Would you prefer to lead a revolution or to live quietly in the woods?
I like to think that every day I participate in a revolution. Leaders are a bore, and I’m too soft for the back woods.
If there is a revolution, will it be televised or a Facebook event?
To repeat, we are in the revolution, but it won’t be acknowledged until it is over.
Favourite vegan thing in your town:
Padmanadi Restaurant weekend buffets