Gene Baur

                                                                     Photo Courtesy Farm Sanctuary

                                                                     Photo Courtesy Farm Sanctuary

Time Magazine has called Gene Baur "the conscience of the food movement" - he is the Founder and President of Farm Sanctuary, the first farm animal rescue organization in the country, which opened barn doors in 1986. A recent guest on The Jon Stewart Show, Gene is an activist and author who promotes a vegan lifestyle in his latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life as he competes in marathons and iron man events around the country in part to demonstrate that vitality and good health is possible with a plant-based diet.

When Gene visited the Bay Area in July for a radio appearance on KQED, we were able to meet in Golden Gate Park for a conversation about the impacts of factory farming on animals, workers, the environment and human health, and his path to advocacy and activism.

Interview Excerpts

The Impact of Factory Farming on Animals & Workers

How the Times are Changing for Humans & Animals

           Connecting to Nature and Animals as a Child

       Understanding the Emotional Capacities of Animals

The Power of Consumers to Affect Change

         Five Tenets From "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life"

                   Choosing to Not Eat Animals

      Addressing Skepticism About Managing a Vegan Diet

                                  What is Possible

                            A Convergence of Evidence

                                 Changing Beliefs

The Health Effects of a Plant-Based Diet

Economic Impacts of Moving Away From Animal Agriculture

                               Early Influences

The Ultimate Vision of a Different World

           Arbitrary Distinctions Between Pets and Food