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A unique perspective that leaves listeners feeling supported, motivated, & inspired. Celebrating a way of life that encompasses compassion for everyone, this podcast addresses all aspects of eating a compassionate plant based diet. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau answers FAQs including those regarding animal rights, living among non vegans, food, cooking, nutrition and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. In some episodes classic short stories involving animal rights and perspectives are read & discussed.

The Vegan Experience: Special Annoucement
16 Feb 2018 at 7:23pm
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Don't Get Fleeced: Check out This Episode!
18 Jan 2018 at 12:13pm
Have you ever been "fleeced"? Have you ever "gone in search of the golden fleece" or "pulled the wool over someone's eyes"? Are your political opinion "dyed in the wool"? While I work on new episodes of Food for Thought, I wanted to let you know about a new episode of Animalogy in which I discuss the animal origins of these and more words and expressions (... More)
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Clean Meat: Slaughter-Free and Sustainable
4 Jan 2018 at 7:25pm
Animal agriculture is wreaking havoc in every way imaginable; unfortunately, the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs is on the rise. Of course, people can stop eating animal flesh and fluids and choose instead vegetables and plant-based meats and milks, but meat consumption is outpacing the rate at which people are becoming vegan and vegetarian. What (... More)
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12-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Love-Filled Love Fest
23 Dec 2017 at 5:25pm
If you ever once thought that “people don’t change,” then you’re in for quite a surprise. The stories you’re about to hear in this TWELVE-YEAR-ANNIVERSARY episode are as diverse as the people who wrote them, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and compassion. So relax, sit back, and take in the letters written by podcast (... More)
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Buying In or Selling Out? When Meat and Dairy Corporations Buy Vegan Companies
10 Dec 2017 at 12:19pm
The plant-based foods market recently topped $3.1 billion in sales and is slated to reach over $5 billion in just a couple years. As a result, the animal-based meat, dairy, egg, and other large corporations see vegan companies and the plant-based products they make as competitors they should fear, emulate, learn from, collaborate with, invest in, or (... More)
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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates (REBROADCAST)
6 Dec 2017 at 2:00am
As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned a bit, and I’ve thought a lot about what is effective — and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates.        (... More)
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Co-Existing with Carnivores: A Conversation with Project Coyote's Camilla Fox
30 Nov 2017 at 8:12pm
The TRUE carnivores of the world provide SO much benefit to our ecosystems, but they're misunderstood, maligned, and systematically killed, mostly because of the HUMANS who pose as carnivores. Animal agriculture doesn't only affect the billions of its direct victims, it also destroys the lives and habitats of millions of individual wild animals.  Today’s (... More)
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How to Talk to a Hunter (Or Anyone Else with Whom You Disagree) — REBROADCAST
27 Nov 2017 at 2:18pm
WARNING: Radical ideas fill this episode, centering around the suggestion that we try to have compassion for people with whom we disagree or who participate in behavior we find abhorrent. That’s the thing about compassion: it’s gotta be equal opportunity or it’s just inauthentic. It’s easy to be compassionate towards like-minded people; the (... More)
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Thanksgiving for the Birds (REBROADCAST)
22 Nov 2017 at 1:08pm
Most people don’t know that our contemporary customs at Thanksgiving, namely the serving of turkeys, were shaped and popularized by a magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, in the mid-1800s. Whatever meaning we attribute to this Thanksgiving holiday is most certainly not lost (in fact, it is enhanced) by creating food-based rituals that affirm rather (... More)
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Talking Turkey (REBROADCAST)
22 Nov 2017 at 1:04pm
If you’ve never met them, turkeys are magnificent animals, full of spunk and spark and affection. I’ve introduced many people to the critters at farmed animal sanctuaries, and the animals with whom people have the most transformative experience are the turkeys. Every time. Never fails. Join me as I tell some stories of special turkeys I’ve had (... More)
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Ethical Tourism: Avoiding Animal Cruelty When Traveling (Thailand Edition)
1 Nov 2017 at 12:16pm
Lack of awareness and cognitive dissonance compels us to support industries that exploit and hurt animals for our own entertainment both when we’re at home (like going to the zoo or circus) and when we travel (like swimming with dolphins, getting photographed with tigers, or riding elephants). Our desire to be close to other animals and interact with (... More)
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Novels (and Advocates) Inspired by Animals
7 Oct 2017 at 10:09am
I discovered an ancient story about justice brought to an abused horse, then found out it was turned into a poem by a well-known American poet in the 19th century. Then I discovered that poem was made into a film by a humane education organization, founded by an ordinary citizen who (after learning about animal abuse) devoted his life to abolishing (... More)
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Special Episode: Berserk for Bears (+Vegan Vietnam Trip with CPG)!
22 Sep 2017 at 2:28pm
We have many words built from the English word for “bear,” the Latin word for “bear,” and the Greek word for “bear,” and we have many expressions and phrases built from the same furry animal. Of course there are also expressions using the verb “to bear,” as in “to carry,” such as in “bearing fruit, bearing a child, or bearing a (... More)
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My Client is Innocent: The History and Significance of Protecting Animals Under the Law
6 Aug 2017 at 11:43am
The first animal anti-cruelty law in the United States was passed in 1867, and though there is much work to be done, much work has been done to protect animals under the law since then. Join me today for my conversation with Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, as we talk about the legal definition of animals as "property," (... More)
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100-Mile Trek in the Scottish Highlands
26 Jul 2017 at 5:58pm
They said we'd starve being vegan in southern Germany. They said we'd starve being vegan in Rwanda. They said we'd starve in the Highlands. They were wrong, and we lived to tell about it. Join me on our latest excursion — this time on a 100-mile trek from Glasgow to Fort William (and a train ride to Edinburgh). I take you with us from how to pack (... More)
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Compassion for All Creatures Great and Small: In Conversation with Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener
17 Jun 2017 at 9:11am
Just because you don't consider yourself a "gardener" doesn't mean this episode isn't for you. Humane gardening is about looking through the lens of the millions of species on this planet and creating a space that enables them to thrive. It's about coexisting with rather than managing or controlling wildlife. With the help of Nancy Lawson, author of (... More)
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If the World Went Vegan, We Would be Overrun with Animals and Other Hypotheticals
3 Jun 2017 at 9:00am
“What would happen to all the animals if we stopped eating them? Wouldn’t we be overrun with cows and pigs and chickens if we stopped?” “If everyone stopped eating these animals, they would go extinct. Is that what you want, Ms. Vegan and Mr. Vegan? You don’t care if these animals go extinct??” Join me today as I address these questions.  (... More)
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Laws for Animals: Effective Political Activism
28 Apr 2017 at 1:30pm
I believe that shifting the way we talk about, think about, and behave towards other animals will impact them positively in the long term. But I also believe that as people who care about animals, we need to be politically engaged, because it’s not enough to change hearts and minds; we also have to change laws in order to protect animals from violence (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE: Old English Pigs and Old French Pork
11 Apr 2017 at 12:26pm
Research has found that the way we name animals is intimately tied to our ability to eat them. Listen to this excerpt, then head over to Animalogy for the full episode. This topic is relevant for Food for Thought listeners, so I thought I'd put it on your radar.  Subscribe to Animalogy Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you! (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE: How Animals Disappear in Our Language (with Carol Adams)
28 Mar 2017 at 7:50pm
Because this episode from Animalogy Podcast is so relevant to what we discuss on Food for Thought Podcast, I'm sharing an excerpt with you. Listen to the full episode over at Animalogy Podcast in which I talk to my friend, colleague, and fellow activist Carol J. Adams about: where the animals go when we eat meat how the word meat has changed over (... More)
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Vegan in Africa: Animals, Food, and Nature in Four Countries
14 Mar 2017 at 4:30pm
Having been to Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, I can now share with you the details of our adventure. For information on what you need to do before visiting these countries, check out the Food for Thought episode called Planning and Preparing a Trip to Africa. But for what do to once you get there and how to make the most of it, sit back, (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE -- The Semantics of Meat (with Paul Shapiro)
19 Feb 2017 at 8:01pm
Easing you into the new ANIMALOGY podcast, enjoy this SPECIAL episode, and be sure to subscribe to ANIMALOGY today on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Semantics play a significant role in shaping public perception about animals and animal welfare. The meat, dairy, and egg industries go to great lengths to remove harsh terminology and replace (... More)
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11-Year Anniversary: Another Amazing Love Fest!
31 Jan 2017 at 8:36pm
Help celebrate the ELEVEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Food for Thought podcast by sitting back and taking in the love letters I’ve received from listeners and supporters this past year. The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and compassion. I hope (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE — Eating Crow? Trying Eating Humble Pie Instead.
23 Jan 2017 at 5:27pm
Easing you into the new podcast, enjoy this episode of ANIMALOGY, and be sure to subscribe to ANIMALOGY today on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.  If you’ve made a serious faux pas and need to acknowledge it with humility, you might be said to be “eating crow” or “eating humble pie,” both phrases of which involve animals — or (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE — Zodiac: A Circle of Animals (Literally)
23 Jan 2017 at 5:16pm
Easing you into our new podcast, enjoy this episode of ANIMALOGY, and be sure to subscribe to ANIMALOGY today on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Of the 88 constellations officially recognized by Western astronomy, 40 of them are named after animals — 43 if you count the mythical animals. We’re going to talk about 12 of them today — (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE — Coccyx: Please Don't Sit on the Cuckoo
11 Jan 2017 at 12:36pm
Easing you into the new podcast, enjoy this episode from ANIMALOGY, and be sure to subscribe to ANIMALOGY today! Coccyx is a small triangle-shaped bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and other apes, such as gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees. Representing a vestigial tail and most commonly called the tailbone, coccyx was the (... More)
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SPECIAL EPISODE - Inauguration: On a Wing and a Prayer
10 Jan 2017 at 11:52am
Easing you into the new Animalogy Podcast, please enjoy this SPECIAL episode; in exchange, please listen and subscribe to Animalogy Podcast! As Inauguration Day approaches, not everyone is talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president; some are talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. This inaugural episode of Animalogy, (... More)
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Announcement: Animalogy is Live!
14 Dec 2016 at 5:03pm
Just a quick announcement to let Food for Thought listeners and subscribers know that the Animalogy Podcast is now live! Please follow our 5-point plan!: 1. subscribe 2. download 3. rate & review 4. share 5. support (... More)
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Animalogy: Our Animal-Related Words and Phrases
5 Dec 2016 at 3:25pm
Today's episode is all about Animalogy, whose timing could not be more perfect not only because of the urgency of the need to transform our negative perception and ill treatment of nonhuman animals but also because we are living in a time when we are all called upon to be linguistically sensitive to vulnerable and disenfranchised groups. And perhaps (... More)
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Vegan in Los Angeles + Important Announcements
13 Nov 2016 at 9:53am
Vegan options in L.A. continue to grow, as does my Northern Californian envy for the delicious restaurants and pop-ups in this city that has grown close to my heart over the years. Take a listen to the details of our recent trip to the city of angels; perhaps it will inspire a visit of your own.    (... More)
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Animal Words with No Animal Origins
9 Oct 2016 at 10:50am
Did you know that some seemingly animal-related words and phrases have origins that have nothing to do with animals? In today's episode, I offer up the backstory to words such as piggyback, monkey wrench, round robin, and spelling bee.  Thanks for supporting Food for Thought.  Music by Gosta Berling. (... More)
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Animals in the Alphabet
11 Sep 2016 at 11:23am
Get ready to geek out on language and animals! We've talked a lot about animals hiding in familiar words and phrases, but did you know animals are lurking in the very letters that make up these words? If I haven't blown your mind yet, check out this episode to learn more about this fascinating history.  (... More)
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A Gaggle of Geese, A Pride of Lions, A School of Fish, and More Collective Animal Nouns
17 Aug 2016 at 6:09pm
A collective noun is “the name of a number (or collection) of people, animals, or things taken together and spoken of as one whole.” There are hundreds of these nouns of multitude, including those for animals, many of which are deeply embedded in our language despite being several hundred years old. You may refer to a gaggle of geese, a litter of (... More)
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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates
26 Jul 2016 at 12:09am
As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I've made mistakes, I've learned a bit, and I've thought a lot about what is effective -- and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates. Take a listen, and enjoy some lil' shareables, if you're so inclined to share:  *The goal is to (... More)
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In Defense of Butchers: A Semantic Justification
27 Jun 2016 at 11:06am
The weight of a word doesn’t simply lie in its dictionary definition. Words don’t simply have denotations — they also have connotations: a number of associations and attributes that stretch beyond the literal meaning. The word “butcher” has always been associated with the killing and preparing of animals for human consumption, but a new contingency (... More)
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Traveling to Africa: Planning and Preparing for a Dream Trip
8 Jun 2016 at 1:18pm
Whether you're interested in a visit to Africa or not, check out this episode that not only provides details about traveling to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and Botswana to go on a safari but also offers thoughts on how we need to think about wild places. I also offer tips for using airline miles (rather than dollars) to fly and how to avoid (... More)
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Of Vegan Wine and Hunters
8 May 2016 at 9:18am
Journey with me through the Sonoma Wine Country as I share my experience eating vegan food, drinking wine, and talking to a wine-making hunter, who invited me to join him on one of his hunts. In this episode, I offer my thoughts about "vegan wines." This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Help it continue. Visit for everything (... More)
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The 10 Principles of Compassion
17 Apr 2016 at 12:15pm
The problems we have in this world are not because we have so much compassion we don’t know what to do with it. The problems we have are because people aren’t living according to their own values of kindness and compassion. What does it mean to live according to compassion? Today I share with you The 10 Principles of Compassion as I see them.  Thank (... More)
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30 Things You Can Do To STOP Changing the World
3 Apr 2016 at 12:27pm
The well-intentioned rallying cry to “change the world” becomes louder and more hashtag-worthy, especially as Earth Day approaches. A search on Google garners millions of results for articles to help people make a difference: *10 Things That Even YOU Can Do to Change the World*30 Things You Can Do to Change the World in 30 Seconds*50 Ways YOU Can (... More)
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Vegan in Seattle
21 Mar 2016 at 4:19pm
On my last visit to Seattle, WA 12 years ago, there were just a handful of vegan restaurants. Vegan donuts? Yes. (Yay!) A 100% vegan store? Yes. (Yay!) But vegan restaurants. Just a few. Of course as vegans, we're never at risk of starving, but darnit, it's just so much better when we can enjoy delicious, beautiful, creative food in a restaurant and (... More)
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Are Oysters Vegan?
28 Feb 2016 at 10:25pm
I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are "basically plants." No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would (... More)
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Cat Cafes: Helpful or Harmful
14 Feb 2016 at 11:47am
Cat cafes have become a popular trend all around the world, but who do they ultimately serve? Are they just about the schtick, or can they play a role in helping people adopt homeless cats? Today's podcast episode explores this topic, offers some questions we should be asking, and provides a model that other cat cafes might follow. Thank you for supporting (... More)
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Animals in Film - Part 3: How to Help
1 Feb 2016 at 9:54am
Today's episode concludes a 3-part series on Animals in Film. In Part One, I talk about the history behind the American Humane Association and its “no animals were harmed in the making of this film" disclaimer. In Part Two, we discuss where things have gone wrong on TV and movie sets that lead to the death or injury of animals and why these productions (... More)
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Vegan in Germany: Beyond Pretzels, Beer, and Bratwurst
18 Jan 2016 at 12:05am
Today's episode is framed around a conversation I had with a non-vegan German (who lives in the U.S.), who was not only doubtful we'd be able to eat while visiting southern Germany (as vegans) but who also lamented that we would be "missing out" on the traditions of this country. I assured him that when you look through the meat-eating lens, you see (... More)
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Ten-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Crazy Love Fest!
4 Jan 2016 at 5:53pm
Help celebrate the TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Food for Thought podcast by sitting back and taking in the love letters I've received from listeners and supporters this past year. The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and compassion. I hope you are (... More)
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Advocacy & Adaptation: Fitting In and Living Joyfully in a Non-Vegan World
20 Dec 2015 at 12:11pm
Having experienced all these benefits of getting meat, dairy, and eggs out of our lives and having found our own voice, it's natural to next ask “Where do I fit into this whole thing?” “How can I help?” “What skills do I have that I can use to be part of the solution?” What's my contribution?” Finally, we can relax into this compassionate (... More)
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Humane Critter Control: Managing Uninvited Guests
7 Dec 2015 at 9:37am
Every one of us has had to manage what to do when uninvited guests take up residence in our attics, walls, or basements. Sadly, we're too quick to consider them "pests" and take lethal measures to get rid of them. But even when we want to take compassionate action, we may be deceived or making it worse for the animal. Listen to this important episode (... More)
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5 Ways We Can Help Animals in our Every Day Lives
10 Nov 2015 at 12:31pm
We already impact animals so much in our every day lives: we eat them, we destroy their homes, we make them perform for us, we shoot them for sport, we use and hurt them in so many ways. So how can we HELP them in our every day lives?? Listen to my TOP 5 SUGGESTIONS that don't even require much effort but that make a huge difference in the lives of (... More)
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Animals in Film Part Two: Animals Were Harmed
26 Oct 2015 at 12:35pm
In Animals in Film: Part 1, we talked about the history behind the American Humane Association and its “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer. Today, in Animals in Film: Part 2, we discuss where things have gone wrong on TV and movie sets that lead to the death or injury of animals and why these productions still received the “No Animals Were Harmed” (... More)
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Animals in Film Part One: The History of the "Animals Were Not Harmed" Disclaimer
5 Oct 2015 at 11:42am
Every regular filmgoer is familiar with the disclaimer at the end of film credits that states “no animals were harmed in the making of this film.” This message is given with the approval of the American Humane Association, which has oversight over the treatment of animals in films, but what took place to give an outside group oversight over a private (... More)
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