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Feb 23, 2016

We had the immense pleasure of speaking with Gene Baur, President and CEO of Farm Sanctuary. Gene took nearly an hour out of his busy schedule to talk with us over Skype (yes we have video!) about the 30th anniversary of Farm Sanctuary, his new book Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, his journey going vegan, and so much more. We know you’ll get as much out of hearing from Gene as we did. Stay tuned to the end of the show as we dig into what Gene said and how it affect us.

WHO IS GENE BAUR?

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine.  For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system.  Gene’s latest book, published by Rodale, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day
, is available for sale April 2015. His previous bestseller, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
, was published by Touchstone in March 2008.

“If you can live well and be happy without causing unnecessary harm, why wouldn't you?” ― Gene Baur, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day

INTERVIEW WITH GENE BAUR

Gene Baur co-founded the Farm Sanctuary 30 years ago in 1986 and now has three locations in New York and California.  He started out investigating and exposing the mistreatment of farm animals. During his investigations Gene would come upon live animals in trash cans and piles of bodies. It was then that he and his team started rescuing farm animals. Not only did these rescues help the animals but helped Gene heal from witnessing the cruelty during his activism. Farm Sanctuary is and continues to be a place of hope, and healing, and transformation.

Part of what Gene works on is talking with people to get them to live within an alignment with their own values. As the thought of harming another animal is abhorrent, making them aware of that value is beneficial in his message.

Gene makes a great point that, “most people are humane but most people are unwittingly supporting this horrendous system.” This is a point that we make quite often that if a person had to perform the act taken in slaughterhouses there would be a lot less meat eaters. Since the typical diet is something we are introduced to we assume that the action is the norm and acceptable but as the message spreads we’ll see a wider turn towards a more compassionate diet and lifestyle.

Recently we’ve had companies purchasing vegan companies to gain in the vegan market as well as companies such as Ben & Jerry’s releasing vegan products. The question we always get is how do we feel about buying those items. Gene views this as generally a good thing as it brings vegan options to a wider audience but understands we should use caution as it bring the non-vegan influence to the vegan brand.

When asked about advice for those new to being vegan or plant-based, Gene offers a great piece of wisdom, “stay the course.” We all know how tough it can be at first especially going out, but keeping true to your lifestyle and remembering why you’ve chosen compassion is a great help. Also, if you make mistakes or stray don’t let that deter you. No one is perfect, recognize that and do better next time.

“Becoming a vegan is not about self-denial; it’s more a matter of self-awareness. It is about trying new foods and broadening your palate, expressing the joy of being alive, and knowing that you’re making a daily effort to live less violently and more sustainably.” ― Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

We asked Gene what he would say in a letter to himself to when he started. His advice hit home for us and is something that can only be heard from Gene. That being said, pay attention during the interview and take heed to his words about what he would say to himself then, and now.

His book Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day
, brings a fantastic perspective from the animal’s point of view showing how we are all connected in many ways.

Of everything Farm Sanctuary does, Gene loves seeing the transformations of people and the animals who come to them only knowing cruelty and pain from humans eventually learning to trust them again and enjoy life. Seeing people healing and doing better after recognizing the impact they have has also been extremely rewarding. One amazing example is the story of the “fur farmer” across from Farm Sanctuary and how Gene managed to change the farmer’s heart and mind.

When speaking with neighbors and others he finds breaking through the idea that we need animal foods for nutrients one of the hardest to speak to. This is likely because food is not only personal but something we’ve been taught for all of our lives. However, demonstrating the idea is a myth is a great way to get through the barrier. It’s always best to find common ground and build from there. We spoke further with Gene about stories and interactions that benefit people and animals while finding a compassionate lifestyle.

Gene also points out and digs into how animal based diets aren’t sustainable for the long term. Something that Bill Nye and Richard Dawkins have both expressed. NASA is even making steps to have astronauts on Mars to live on a plant-based diet.

Though we see companies making changes and producing more options we agree with Gene that the growth of compassion will start with small groups such as Curiously Veg and our listeners. It’s important to remember that you are an ambassador for the animals and the planet.

You can get more information about Farm Sanctuary by visiting their website, liking them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter.

Of course there is so much more that Gene touched on throughout our talk, more than we could possible write about. We invite you to listen to the show on our site or on your podcast app of choice.

If you have a question or comment about the show please contact us and we’ll address you directly or on the show.

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Feb 9, 2016

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We took some time off from the interviews this episode to banter about a few things that got under our skin the past couple of weeks. We discussed an article that lists cheese, eggs, and dairy yogurt as healthy fats, “lab grown”/cultured meat, people spreading bad science online, and more. Things get a bit silly from the start, you’ve been warned.

CONTEST WINNER

There were quite a few entries into the contest for the signed copy of Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis. We’d like to thank everyone who threw their hat into the ring but there can only be one winner:

Brian Burkhart!

We’ll be in touch soon to get your info! Don’t worry if you didn’t win, this won’t be the last contest from us.

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Mark Twain

WATCH OUT FOR LIES

The “what grinds our gears” episode started out look at the study posted by a fellow Facebook user. The study, Mortality in vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians in the United Kingdom, was the focus of a post that started as

“Got meat? Or do you avoid it because you think being a vegetarian will increase your life span? A large study found no difference in all cause mortality between them. Rut ro!...”

We found this alarming as the study didn’t really say what this person was claiming, the region and sample size was low regarding the claim, and even the conclusion was ignored by the poster. Given that the person hails themselves as a health professional, many would follow his lead without taking time to understand the lack in value of the study and/or his interpretation of the abstract.

Once you managed to separate our face from our palms the next article, 10 High-Fat Foods That Are Actually Super Healthy, wasn’t quite as bad since it atleast had some nuggets of truth. What struck us was claiming cheese, eggs, fish, and dairy as “super healthy”. Given what we know about the links in heart disease, cancer, etc. these food are far from “super healthy”.

We covered a few alternatives to the healthy claims the article made. However, we point out it’s important to be aware of who writes an article as well as how it’s written. For example, “Cheese, like other high-fat dairy products, also contains powerful fatty acids that have been linked to all sorts of benefits, including reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.” is read as one statement that is really a collection of partial truths. However, if you remove the first part you end up with the full truth, “powerful fatty acids that have been linked to all sorts of benefits, including reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Now, we know none of you eat fast food… right? Ok, good. As we dove into a level of absurdity, you may have heard about Chick-fil-a stating, in regards to a healthy diet:

 

“...Eat smaller meals (like our 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours”

Not to mention this would cost a person $700 a month, it would also give you (per serving):

  • 3g of fat (1g saturated)
  • 70mg of cholesterol
  • 0g of fiber
  • 23g of protein (listen to our interview with Dr. Davis to hear about protein)
  • 530mg of sodium

They claim health benefits because of the low calories. However, as we’ve said before, on a whole foods plant based diet calories aren’t an issue. Sounds like a better and healthier plan that 8 chicken nuggets every 3 to 4 hours.

Digging out of a grease filled bag we talked about a recent hot topic, being cultured or “lab grown” meat. If a few of the social media groups this has come up as either a “would you” or “is this vegan”. Given that the product is still meat we know the negative baggage that comes along with animal products. One argument is this would be less damaging to the environment since it wouldn’t require livestock. This topic did spark some debate between Hope and David about if the effort is well spent. Hope feels like is a valuable stepping stone to reduce/end a large portion of animal cruelty and possible turning more to a plant based diet. However, David feels the time and money spent could go toward a vegetable replacement and ending the cruelty altogether. We’d like to know your thoughts on this one. You can contact us or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

We covered a lot in this episode. Give it a listen, subscribe, and feel free to contact us with your questions or comments.

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