To dream means to be bold, courageous, fearless, sensible and above all, to believe in yourself. The difference between having a dream and to make this dream come true depends on the strength of your spirit — the belief in yourself, how much you want to achieve this dream, and what effort would you invest to make it happen. This divine Strength of spirit drives mankind to new horizons.
My name is Atanas Skatov, I was born in 1978 in Sliven, Bulgaria. I’m an agronomist and entomologist.I hold a Master degree in Plant Preservation from the Agricultural university — Plovdiv, Bulgaria and aPhD degree in Agricultural science from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Gemany,February 2005. I have worked as a scientist in Bulgaria and Germany, as a university teacher in Sofia and as a manager in the private sector in Bulgaria and Germany.
I am conducting an experiment with myself for several years and here I will tell you briefly about it. I do not claim that everything I do in my life is right quite to the contrary, I am open to criticism and discussions, because this way we are getting closer to the truth. The world is changing every day, and we ourselves are changing and nothing can be extreme in terms of statements and actions. It is important for any human being to have the correct information and to take decisions on his own.
The experiment is supposed to test whether an ordinary person on vegan diet is able to overcome strong physical and mental challenges. The most important is to know if this diet regime is suitable for mankind, because in this way we will be able to significantly lower or even discontinue the consumption of animals, which is associated not only to many advantages and benefits for the human health, but also to protecting the planet from global pollution and finding a way to feed the increasingly growing population of people on planet Earth.The agricultural land on which we grow our food and the food for the animals we eat, is limited and although new farmland is developed in some areas, in other areas this land is urbanized and its status is changed mostly to industrial and residential use.Either way, the agricultural land cannot grow indefinitely, it is limited. But the population can grow as long as there is something to eat. The major share of the cultivated agricultural land and the pasture lands are intended for animal feed. If we reduce the consumption of meat and animal products, there will be more space for plant food for humans and thus the world’s population can grow twice as much. Another very important fact is that the industrial animal breeding is a very big polluter on the planet. The destruction of the ozone layer is mainly due to the methane, which is excreted by the digestive system of the animals. According to the United Nations data, the share of the greenhouse gases as a result of animal breeding is about 50%.Billions of animals are bred and eaten on the planet each year, and they are consuming 2⁄3 of drinking water and contributing to the water pollution and the entire planet. Also, in order to meet the needs of the market for meat and animal products, more forests and jungles are transformed into pastures or used for the needs of animal breeding.This industry has become the largest consumer of drinking water and user of natural resources. The extermination and exploitation of animals by humans is another important topic, which I do not want to discuss at present. This planet is a haven for all animal species and humans and everyone should have an equal chance to live on it without being grown for human consumption.
I’ve been a vegetarian since January 2007, then at the beginning of 2012, I excluded all food of animal origin from my menu, except honey. Since May 1, 2015, honey has been also out of my diet.
In order to test my body physically and mentally I chose the alpinism and organized two projects — „SE7EN SUMMITS VEGAN“and „Speed x 14 x 8000 x Vegan”, which are described in more detail at point 3 below. For me, the mountain is something very special, where I have found everything I needed. There, I feel free, balanced, in comfort with myself and I can reflect on everything that excites me and where I can find answers to the questions that I am asking myself.I feel that the mountain fills me up with energy and helps me to discover very fine details of my character. So, I can only recommend it to those who have not touched the magic of the mountain yet, and are willing to do so, just do it.If it is not your place, just find your own place. Everyone has its place on the planet where he feels well balanced and in harmony with himself and the surroundings.
It is very important to show that a man who have never played sports and have no coaches, leaders, teachers, managers and experience in the mountains, is able to achieve the desired results. At the beginning of 2012, I started to prepare for Subproject 1, which envisages climbing the highest summits of the seven continents on our planet without consumption of food of animal origin — as a vegan. Trainings are conducted in Bulgaria and abroad. In order to develop and improve my physical and mental condition and to acquire the necessary skills and experience I started practicing mountain walking, jogging, cycling and then added yoga, swimming and climbing.
In regard to my health condition, I am conducting detailed medical and laboratory tests on a regular basis. Additionally, I keep records containing descriptions of the physical activity, food consumption by type and quantity and other relevant details.