Meet Mr. August. I am happy to call this crazy guy one of my true friends in this world. If you see Bad Ass Vegan in LA, odds are I am around this guy. We are truly brothers from another! Not only does he live a vegan lifestyle for the wonderful health benefits but he is a well known animal advocate. In fact his Pit Bull was a rescue and not just any regular rescue… he actually jumped in and “Rescued” him (Rocco) from being subject to a dog fighting incident. Talk about a Big Heart! Make sure to learn more about this great guy with a huge heart! Meet Monty:
Name: Monty Marsh
Where do you live and where are you from? I am originally from North Carolina, but I have lived in Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and I now split my time between New York and Los Angeles.
Age? A man of mystery… he declined to answer this question, lol
What do you do for a living/profession? I am a content creator (photographer, writer, producer, director) and digital strategist.
What do you like to do for fun? For fun, as sad as this may sound – I like to WORK. Which of course to me is not work at all.
Why did you become vegan? I became a vegan for many reasons really. After watching my Grandmother have her feet amputated followed by death due to diabetes, and my 31 year old cousin die of a heart attack – that was the biggest eye opener for me. Eating meat, and even vegetarian can be deadly. Beyond that, being a vegan is an effective way to reduce my personal eco-footprint. Vegan diets produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than meat based diets. They only require around 1/3 of the land and water. Farmed animals consume much more protein, water and calories than they produce, so far greater quantities of crops and water are needed to produce ‘animal’ products to feed humans than are needed to simply feed people directly from plants. As an American with roots in Africa, I deem it my social responsibility to do whatever it takes to turn the tables, so that ALL people around the world can have ample food and water to thrive and contribute to our global society and economy. Lastly, I choose to be vegan in solidarity with the BILLIONS of animals who are ENSLAVED, TORTURED and ultimately SLAUGHTERED because they ‘taste good’.
What is the best vegan dish that you make in your kitchen? I’m not that guy who will be sitting by the stove making vegan dishes. I am constantly on the go, and I would much rather try a new vegan restaurant or throw something quick together on the fly. That said, I have had some AMAZING vegan dishes over the years. Way too many to have a favorite.