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Corder became vegan when he realized how unethically animals were treated in much of agriculture. He credits his dietary change for paving the way to his current career, explaining that as an omnivore, he didn’t cook much.

“It’s how I found out what I’m passionate about,” he says.

While Corder didn’t initially consider the positive effects his new diet would have on the environment, he says it’s factored into his decision to stay a vegan.

“The Western diet is so meat-centric,” he says, adding that feeding the world on a similar diet wouldn’t be sustainable—given how livestock agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, and also consumes a large amount of the world’s freshwater.

Corder became vegan when he realized how unethically animals were treated in much of agriculture. He credits his dietary change for paving the way to his current career, explaining that as an omnivore, he didn’t cook much.

“It’s how I found out what I’m passionate about,” he says.

While Corder didn’t initially consider the positive effects his new diet would have on the environment, he says it’s factored into his decision to stay a vegan.

“The Western diet is so meat-centric,” he says, adding that feeding the world on a similar diet wouldn’t be sustainable—given how livestock agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, and also consumes a large amount of the world’s freshwater.

Photo credit: Shetu Modi

Even for those who aren’t looking to cut meat, dairy and eggs out of their diets, Corder has advice on eating sustainably.

“Learn where your food comes from,” he says. He recommends the documentary Food Inc., which he says doesn’t have a vegan slant but still details the industrialization of food and how destructive it is for the environment.

For those who do want to become vegan, Corder says it’s not that difficult.

“It’s not as hard as people tell you it is,” he says. He realizes that the most accessible food isn’t vegan, but adds that because of the growing prominence of the environmental movement, it’s now fairly easy to find vegan-related resources.

While avoiding animal products can significantly offset one’s carbon footprint, Corder acknowledges that it’s not the only way. And his advice for anyone looking to go green is pretty simple.

“Be mindful of your impact,” he says.

– Shetu Modi, Journalist

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