The Shakti Flatzza exemplifies the type of eco-conscious eating advocated by MANA!
His own journey towards the kind of plant-based eating that MANA! advocates came just under a decade before that. ‘I underwent what you might call a metanoia, a shift in consciousness: I had an awakening and I realised that the way humanity is living is not sustainable, and is in fact destructive, and it’s a question of time before we change our ways,’ he says. ‘I can’t be eating meat and planting trees, it’s just not compatible.’
As I sipped on my oat milk teeccino (a caffeine-free coffee alternative), Bobsy tells me that when he began this journey, he was vegetarian rather than vegan, as less research had been uncovered about the environmental and ethical issues related to non-meat animal products, such as dairy. ‘Back in the late eighties, early nineties, my vocabulary didn’t include “sustainability” and “eco-fashion”. We used to say “environmentally friendly”. The whole lexicon around this movement is not mature as it is today. This is how we grow — one idea at a time, one insight at a time.’
When you ask younger generations if they’re plant-based, Bobsy says, ‘They’re going “Duh, you might as well ask me if I have slaves”. It’s coming. Change is happening whether we want it or not, so the sooner we become aware of it, and the sooner we become aware of the necessity for change, the sooner our ride becomes a lot more comfortable, enjoyable, inspirational.’