As a proponent of “educational hip-hop outreach,” it only makes sense that independent hip-hop artist MC Lars gave one of the more compelling interviews in recent peta2 history when he stopped by our West Coast office in Los Angeles. MC Lars has become known as much for his nerdcore-branded, pop punk-influenced hip-hop as for becoming one of the most progressive artists on the scene. When he’s not caught up in the “tour, record, repeat” cycle, MC Lars can be found working on his book about the history of hip-hop culture, writing for CNN and the Huffington Post, and even lecturing as a guest speaker at the University of California-Los Angeles. Check out his interview with peta2 about how a better world for animals creates a better world for everyone!

After embracing a meat-free diet on the Vans Warped Tour—which is the perfect place to give it a shot because of the insane vegan catering on the tour every summer!—MC Lars noticed a number of positive changes, from his weight to the attention from the ladies. But he especially noticed a change in the way he felt. It’s been proved that adopting a well-balanced diet free of animal products is the best thing that you can do for your health. Vegetarians have a much lower risk of heart disease, cancer, strokes, and diabetes, and weigh an average of 10 to 20 pounds less than meat-eaters. Couple that with the environmental damage from the mass production of animals for food, including land degradation, water waste, and greenhouse-gas emissions, and it’s simple to make the connection that what’s best for the animals is also what’s best for the planet. As MC Lars said, “When you open your heart and your body to health, [you get] all the good things that come with it … and not eating meat is part of that.”

For more information on how you can help lessen your carbon footprint and save more than 100 animals every year by going vegetarian, order a vegetarian/vegan starter kit and check out peta2’s two-week vegan menu to kick things off!