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.
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.