“I was Vegetarian for over a year, but I guess I broke it because I missed meat.” Said Krista Infante, 25. However, today Krista is at Mugshots Coffee House on Fairmount Avenue ordering a Vegan BLT sandwich.
“I really try to stay away from meat, but I don’t want to completely restrict myself either.” Said Infante.
For many vegetarians and health conscious individuals, the freedom of the choice is one thing that they lack when going out to eat. As a resident of North Philadelphia, Infante is surrounded by fast food chains and corner shops that sell nothing but junk food and cigarettes.
“I try to buy organic and local food, but it seems the healthier something is the more expensive it can be, but it’s worth it. I feel sluggish and don’t have as much energy when I eat whatever I want so I’d rather spend the extra money and eat what makes me feel good.” Said Infante.
Infante is part of a movement that seems to be taking a lot of Urban areas by storm. Like many other young urbanites, she supports organic farming, and humane meat consumption, which means eating meat that is free range and fed a natural healthy diet, instead of commercial meat that you find in many supermarkets that is full of antibiotics and preservatives.
“I decided that if I were going to eat meat, it’s going to be meat that was raised properly and will do more good for me than harm.” Said Infante.
Kayla Murphy, James Schlucter, Mike Mastrangelo
North Central Philadelphia