I am Oren Epstein the proud owner of BIO RAW, a Toronto B-Corp organization determined to change the world one meal at a time. I have been vegan for over 4 years and I’d never go back. I have made it my goal to inspire, educate and empower change in our society and help do everything I can to help shift humanity towards repairing and defending the earth and all its beings, not just those society deems worthy. There is too much emphasis on large food producers creating the cheapest food possible. That will never be my objective.

I am really excited to be a part of the Yoso community. Yoso played a huge role in my transition to a dairy-free lifestyle. I only produce and work with brands that are producing the healthiest, immunity-boosting, and best-tasting food ever. Their products are made with clean ingredients that are easy to digest, and easy to pronounce and include organic ingredients. Most non-dairy and diary yogurts are full of additives and tons of sugar where Yoso has created a line of with minimal sugar per serving. There is more sugar in most Kombuchas then there is in Yoso products. I am excited to see how Yoso continues to innovate bring more amazing products to market. This is a brand I feel confident voting with my dollar to support.

We asked a few questions about his dairy-free lifestyle as part of this series, Living Dairy Free:

Why are you dairy-free?

The dairy industry exploits the female reproductive system of cows. Many people do not know this but in order for a cow to produce milk, she must first have a baby. The baby calves are stolen from their mothers soon after birth. In order for the dairy industry to take her milk. There is no ethical way for this process to occur.

It so important to vote with your dollar and support industries you believe in. I live a dairy-free lifestyle because I refuse to support an industry that supports a cruel practice.

Top five favourite dairy-free products?

1. Michelle’s RawFoodz – Chipotle Cheese Sauce
2. Culcherd – Sundried Tomato and Olive
3. Miyoko’s – Mozzarella
4. Zengarry – Brie
5. Yoso – Cashew Cream Cheese

Favourite local spot to eat that accommodates dairy-free?

Live Organic Restaurant

Favourite place to shop for groceries?

Nature’s Emporium