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. Gene is an activist and author who promotes a vegan lifestyle in his 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 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.

The Interview

What is Possible

The Power of Consumers

Changing Times for Animals

 A Convergence of Evidence

Skepticism About Vegan Diets

Vision of a Different World

Health Effects of Plant-Based Diets

Choosing Not to Eat Animals

Connecting to Nature and Animals

Arbitrary Distinctions

Changing Beliefs

Five Tenets

Emotional Capacities of Animals

Early Influences

Impacts of Factory Farming

Economy & Animal Agriculture