Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Compassionately and Healthfully (In Other Words: Vegan)

Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. With good intentions, some activists have called for a boycott of Earth Balance, a vegan butter that uses palm oil as its primary fat, even though it doesn't source its palm from native orangutan habitats. Is it possible to source palm oil sustainably? For that matter, is it possible to source any historically unsustainable crop in a sustainable way? In today's episode, I weigh in on this issue and offer some food for thought.

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Field Roast - makers of delicious grain meats!

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Positano on the Amalfi CoastItaly is one of my favorite places in the world - the people, the beauty, the language, the art, the history, the music, the food. Listen to this episode in which I share the details of our first international "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau" trip, which we premiered in Italy. We ate, we drank, we hiked, we cooked, we toured, we laughed, we cavorted, we met animals, and we reveled in the wonder of this country. By the end of the episode, you'll be wondering why anyone every thought it is "hard to be vegan in Italy." After all, that's where the edible food is. Enjoy!

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In this episode, I answer a number of questions from callers who ask:

*what do I say to people who bring up abortion when I talk about animal rights?

*how do I not make everyone uncomfortable when I talk about being vegan?

*is it ever okay to feed birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals outside my home?

*how do I handle the fact that family members want to purchase hens in order to eat their eggs.

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Many people think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for centuries, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My personal veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – from ancient times until today – who stopped eating animals (and their eggs and milk) not because they witnessed a modern, mechanized, industrialized factory system but because they didn’t want to be part of the brutal and unnecessary process of turning sentient animals into butchered bodies.

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In today's episode, I talk about my favorite personal care and cosmetics products and how to determine if a company doesn't test their final products or their ingredients on animals. I also discuss the importance of supporting organizations and companies striving to vet this information for us so we, the consumer, can trust that what we buy has not contributed to violence against animals. I also talk about the line we have to walk as compassionate people knowing that - even when trying to make purchasing decisions that don't hurt animals - sometimes we do so because it isn't a perfect world.

Thank you to today's Compassionate Business Partners:

Beauty Without Cruelty

and

Arbonne

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The centerpiece of today's episode is how to be the best advocate for animals and veganism in the age of social media. One of the most common questions I receive is about how to respond to people who make hostile or passive aggressive comments about veganism and animal protection on their Facebook (et. al) page. I share my philosophy about interacting on social media and offer some guidance for planting seeds online. I also share my experience sleeping in our 20th California county and discovering a new "plant-based" neighbor, and I answer some questions from awesome callers, including one about humane meat and meatless Mondays and one about choosing animal rights organizations to support.

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Join me in this episode in which I share with you my recent journey to the Big Apple, lauding the vegan restaurants I frequented and the animal activist/friends I cavorted with. And, amazingly, this California snob admits that NYC does some things better than we do in the Golden State. I also answer a couple questions from some lovely women who are learning to remain joyful vegans in a non-vegan world.

Thanks to today's listener sponsors, as well as our Compassionate Partners:

Animalearn - animalearn.org/compassion - compassion in classrooms

Tofurkytofurky.com - delicious plant-based meats

Today's music by:

Gosta Berling - gostaberling.com

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I know you don't want THAT to be the headline when the new edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge comes out!

You funded the publication of the new edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge in a WEEK! I'm so proud of you, so honored, and so thrilled! But if we want to reach the MASSES - we've got a lot to do! Listen to what our Stretch Goal will pay for and what it takes to make a book a major player in the marketplace.

(Keep pre-ordering your copies of the book! Continue to back the campaign! Spread the word! Get ready to change lives! And revel in your awesomeness!)

 

 

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Join me for a great episode in which I answer some really common but important questions about how to deal with people who poke fun at or ignore your concern about animals. I also answer a great question about the myth that it costs more to eat healthfully. All of this follows my joyful riff about living among wildlife.

Thank you to today's podcast sponsors:

Animalearnanimalearn.org/compassion (free resources for opting out of animal dissection in schools)

FakeMeats.comfakemeats.com (your one-stop shop for your favorite vegan meats!)

Music by Gosta Berling - gostaberling.com

THIS EPISODE COMES IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN to bring BACK The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Please support and share!

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The first edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge book sold almost 20,000 copies before going out of print. Help me bring back a new (improved) edition so it can resume changing and saving lives. Listen to this episode to find out why I need YOU to make this possible. We have only 30 days to make this possible!

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