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Vegan Debate

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Last week, I caught this great live debate on veganism. The online viewership was so large that buffering issues were a problem. The good news is, it was recorded!

What I really liked about this debate was its formality, in that it followed standard rules of discourse and didn’t devolve into a shouting match. It also seemed each side had plenty of time to make their points and counterpoints.

The audience was polled before and after the discussion to determine whether they were for or against the motion “Don’t Eat Anything With A Face.” The pre-debate results were 24% for, 51% against, and 25% undecided. (See below for the after.)


Don’t Eat Anything With A Face (Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates)

Panelists Arguing For The Motion:

Panelists Arguing Against The Motion:

  • Chris Masterjohn – Nutritional Sciences Researcher and Blogger at The Daily Lipid (where he has since started a series of posts reflecting on the debate)
  • Joel Salatin – Farmer & Author

Post-debate Poll Results: 45% for, 43% against, and 12% undecided. Bravo! A pretty impressive change of heart. :)

For more information, including links to research papers, detailed biographies, and audio downloads, click the link under the video.

I also wanted to point out there is analysis by Animal Visuals debunking the claim of the panelists on the Against side that fewer animals would be killed by humans consuming grass-fed cattle than a vegan diet supplied via mechanized crop harvesting.

A Child’s Epiphany

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Out of the mouths of babes! This absolutely adorable video shows a three-years-old Portuguese boy as he questions the source of the food on his plate, ultimately deciding he prefers we leave animals upright and happy versus chopped up to eat. :)

Raising Vegetarian Children:
A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony

Food Revolution Summit 2013

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Just a heads up, in case you haven’t already registered, the Food Revolution Summit starts this Saturday, April 27th! This free online event promises to be a fascinating week jam-packed with interviews of leading nutritionists, food activists, doctors, and celebrities.

The interviewers will be none other than John Robbins and his son Ocean. It was John’s book Diet for a New America which had such an impact on my Dad when it came out that he immediately went vegetarian. At the time my sister and I were teenagers, and it was at least in part through eating at his place on the weekends and learning his reasons for going vegetarian, that I also made the commitment, in my junior year of college. Ten years after that, I went vegan and never looked back.

Other speakers at the summit whose contributions have really guided me include Dr. Dean Ornish, whose book Everyday Cooking was, I believe, the first vegetarian cookbook I purchased; Kris Carr, whose journey of healing and discovery I followed when her documentary Crazy, Sexy Cancer first aired on The Learning Channel; and Dr. Joel Fuhrman whose book Eat To Live, along with a simultaneous reading of The China Study, coaxed me into what was to be a two-week experiment in veganism. ;)

There are, of course, others too in such a distinguished panel who’ve made an impact on me and countless others. For example, Dr. Neal Barnard and his Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). His studies on using a vegan diet for diabetes management and cardiovascular health have yielded impressive results, and his group’s 21-Day Kickstarts, diabetes forums, videos, and animal rights activism continue to introduce the plant-based lifestyle into people’s consciousness and practice.


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Needless to say, I’m looking forward to hearing these discussions. Topics will range from nutrition (including soy, fats, supplementation, and more) to the environment and food policy (the Farm Bill, etc.).

Join me in listening in; register for the Food Revolution Summit today.

Animal Rights Activists Are Not Terrorists

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I remember when the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) came out. Its potential chilling effects on freedom of speech were obvious from the beginning due to its overly broad wording.

The good news, as the video reports, is the constitutionality of the law is now being challenged by a group of activists with the assistance of the Center for Constitutional Rights in Blum v. Holder. They say they have indeed felt that aforementioned chill on their advocacy work. Let’s wish them luck in stemming the eroding tide!

Related Reading: Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege


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