Dietitian Matt Ruscigno Challenged By #VeganCancer

When it comes to being a scientifically-oriented vegan, you’ll often hear arguments from people on all sides of the nutrition debate arguing the merits and drawbacks of the vegan diet. Somehow, being critical of animal products as a whole doesn’t sit right with a lot of people – so having a scientific degree to back up your declaration that eating only plants is indeed a great way to be a thriving human being really, really helps.

That’s why Matt Ruscigno, a 20-year-long vegan and one of the foremost experts in vegan nutrition, is a godsend for many. Through him, there is an undogmatic and clear voice bringing forth scientific material on the plant-based diet and its many merits. He’s got a Masters in Public Health Nutrition, a degree as a Nutritional Scientist and he’s a Registered Dietitian – alongside his interest in science, he’s an athlete, and he works with athletes to help them make better nutritional decisions with a vegan diet. A co-author for several books, and a private dietary consultant, we’d like to ask Mr. Ruscigno to take on our #VeganCancer social challenge.

Albeit a small community, #VeganCancer has an extremely ambitious goal – to spread the idea of crowdfunding vegan projects amongst vegans to ideate and create projects such as sanctuary farms and housing projects. The projects can be anything, as long as they follow these tenets:

Sustainability: The projects have to strive for an absolute zero carbon footprint. That means that no matter what, all projects have to source their water and energy from sustainable means, with limited infrastructure and ecological disturbance, and recycled materials – much like an Earthship.

Cruelty-Free Treatment: Animal products aren’t allowed – and neither is discrimination between humans. Regardless of background, race, religion, age, sex or sexuality, we’re all entities and persons deserving of a peaceful life.

Freedom of Information: Information and teaching should be free. Instead of institutionalized classrooms and paid instructors, people should instruct others through apprenticeships and mentorships, and pure passion.

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