What is the Meatrix, and are you stuck in it? Author Stuart Waldner explains why eating a plant based diet is eye opening and will change your life forever. Not only will your health improve, and the planet improve, but you’ll feel like you’ve taken the red pill and never look back.
Q. What’s one thing readers should know before they start reading your book?
A. First and foremost, Escape the Meatrix is not a book of blame and shame, it’s an opportunity to discover the truth about our world. It’s a book of hope, empowerment, and invitation, which is why I wanted the cover to have a hand offering the reader a red pill. I hope readers will keep an open mind, understand the science, and remain curious while reading my book.
Q. Why do you think your book will convince others to stop eating meat?
A. Knowledge is power. I may be naïve, but in my heart, I believe most people are good and would prefer not to contribute to climate change and needless suffering for themselves, their loved ones, or animals. I show the science that proves how eating animal-based foods contributes immensely to climate change and environmental degradation. It explains how we’ll be healthier if we ditch animal-based foods. In fact, in 2016 Oxford University determined that by the year 2050, 8.1 million human lives would be saved each year if everyone adopted a plant-based lifestyle, and that food-related greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 70%! Once a person learns the truth, I think they’ll make different and better choices in the grocery aisle.
Q. If you could give your book to one celebrity, who would it be and why?
A. Keanu Reeves because he played Neo in the Matrix film franchise and he’s an avid animal lover.
Q. Can you tell us three fun facts about you?
A. I learned to juggle on a nude beach in Hawai’i. I’ve travelled to every continent except Antarctica. I make up songs and sing them to my dogs.
Q. What’s one secret about you that you’ll share with the world?
A. I’m a recovering perfectionist.
Q What makes your book unputdownable?
A. The timeliness of my book. Our earth is experiencing a 5-alarm fire from problems that range from climate change, emerging infectious diseases, mass extinction rates, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, our declining health, to the horrible return on investment of animal agriculture. The signs are all around us. Reading that might make you feel a bit overwhelmed. But the great thing I discovered while researching this book is the all the above and more are connected to the food on our plates and choices we make in the grocery aisle.
At its core my book is about how one small change, a plant-based lifestyle, can make a huge difference. When we look at our world, it’s easy to become cynical and lose hope that things can ever change. But my book is about hope and empowerment. Escaping the Meatrix brings very real and positive change. Climate change is here, now! All the Meatrix cares about is its bottom line and it exerts extreme influence over our government to maintain the status-quo. I think it’s foolish of us to believe things are going to change on a systemic level any time soon. But there is no need for us, as individuals, to wait. There’s something that nearly every one of us can do, right now, today, that can make a huge difference and that’s to escape the Meatrix and eat plants!
Q What is the most useless talent you have?
A. I can curl my tongue.
Q. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
A. I’m currently reading An Immense World, by Ed Yong. I find the diversity of life on our planet and how different species have evolved to survive utterly fascinating. I hope we humans, as a species, can rapidly evolve past our addiction to animal-based foods, while the earth can still sustain us!
Q. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A. People talking loudly on their cell phone in public spaces.
Rapid Fire Questions and Answers
Q. Impossible Burger or tofu?
Q. Wine or Beer?
Q. Pasta or salad?
Q. Movie Night in or Movie Theater?
A. Movie night in.
Q. Football or Baseball?
Q. Beach or Camping?
A. Beach for sure!