Welcome to my vegan page. I am a mathematician with a special interest in combinatorics and graph theory. My interests include music, animals, card games, miniatures, origami, and linguistics. I have been a vegetarian for thirteen years. I decided to become vegetarian after participating in a college seminar on the ethics of animal research. In December of 1997 I went one step further and switched to veganism, meaning that I refrain from eating meat, eggs, cows' milk, and honey, and as much as possible I try to buy only household items that were developed and produced without the use of animals. Since that time, I have been in contact with hundreds of other vegans through various organizations and newsgroups. One of the most common questions I run into is, "Help! I've decided to become a vegan. How do I begin?" This page is my attempt to answer that question. I have tried to assemble helpful tips based on my own experiences and other people's stories. I hope that some of the suggestions here will help make the transition to veganism a little less overwhelming. Many of the topics relate to vegetarianism as well. This page may also be of use to those with vegan friends or family members.
Please also visit the home page for WorldFest, an exciting, all-vegan event that has attracted crowds of thousands of people in San Diego and Los Angeles.
I would like to thank my parents, who supported me in my decision to become a vegan and who have since become vegans themselves. I would also like to thank my husband, a fellow vegetarian who got me interested in cooking and who helps me keep a vegan home.
Julie Kerr, April 17, 2002
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