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Q: How do your environmental views dovetail with your career?
A: I felt I had to connect on some level with my sponsors or else it wouldn't make sense. I've turned down some, like energy drinks, that would have paid a lot of money. Ipath has been using hemp for a long time, and Toyota hybrids are a natural fit. I skated a couple of contests on bamboo boards. It's all about being who I am and trying to hold my ground.
I understand that demand drives change. Voting with your dollars in a capitalist society is the best vote. It's made me think about living an ideal but also juggling my family responsibilities.
Q: Did growing up in Brazil shape your perspective?
A: I was raised in a country that's beautiful, tropical, and diverse, and I'd always eaten fresh food. So there was a culture shock when I came to the U.S. The waste bothered me, and my stomach couldn't handle all the fast food. I remember driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and eating an In-N-Out burger. Then I drove past a huge farm with rows and rows of cows and thought, I have one of them in my stomach right now. It made me shift gears. On [skateboarding] tours, I made supermarket stops instead of eating at fast food places with everybody else.