Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as the conscience of the food movement by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, Gene has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. His book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (2008), a national bestseller, is a thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions surrounding beef, poultry, pork, milk, and egg production. It describes what each of us can do to promote compassion and help stop the systematic mistreatment of the billions of farm animals who are exploited for food in the United States every year.
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Heart disease and cancer are the nation's top killers, and the risks of both can be reduced by eating plants instead of animal products. Removing meat, milk and eggs from the menu also prevents animal suffering and goes a long way toward lightening our environmental footprint.
<em>Time</em> magazine talks to Baur about his proudest accomplishments during his 25-year tenure at Farm Sanctuary, the next animal rights initiative it plans to back and what itll take to get the vegan movement to stick.
As a vegan, I feel good about my food choices and am glad that they are aligned with my values and interests.
The way we eat has profound consequences, not just for our own health, but for the environment and for animals.