Peter Rojas is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Engadget, which is a daily weblog covering gadgets, consumer electronics and personal technology. He is also the cofounder of Joystiq, a weblog which covers video games. Rojas has worked as a contributing editor at Cargo, an editor-at-large at Sync, a technology editor of VMan, and a columnist for The Guardian, writing on emerging technology. He is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications both on- and off-line and appears on radio and television regularly as a technology commenter. Rojas was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sussex. He lives in New York City.
Question: Why are you vegan?
Peter Rojas: Well, I mean I’m vegan, so . . . I went vegan about 11 years ago, and I think that it’s a relatively small lifestyle change that, you know, if . . . if everyone on the planet like stopped eating meat, it would actually contribute . . . you would actually contribute greatly to the environment. And you know something . . . Like the carbon related to meat production and animal, you know, red meat production in the world globally, I mean, is like . . . I think it produces as much carbon as all the automobiles in the world. So that’s something like, you know. I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. And I . . . It’s something I very rarely talk about. But it would be like a . . . It’s one of those things where like it’s such a small personal sacrifice, and you could have such a positive impact, I think, on the planet. You know I think my . . . It’s so funny. It’s like I very rarely give advice to people.
Recorded on: 10/2/07