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Food For Thought

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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.

  • Raccoon Rescue
    29 Jan 2015 at 8:21pm
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  • Rites and Wrongs: When Slaughter Rituals Mask Discomfort
    For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They (... More)
    24 Jan 2015 at 8:41am
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  • How to Make a Vegan - Mainstreaming The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
    The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with (... More)
    10 Jan 2015 at 1:08pm
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  • Seeking a Sense of Community & Belonging (Stage 6 of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals / Become Vegan)
    According to a recent study, the majority of people who become vegetarian / vegan go back to eating meat and animal products after a short time. One reason seems to be the lack of support or community. In today's episode, we return to our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals / Become Vegan and focus on what I think is the make-or-break (... More)
    28 Dec 2014 at 9:19am
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  • Victory for Elephants in Circuses
    Join me today as I discuss the bullhook ban victory in my own city of Oakland, CA and how it is a small step indeed. I believe there will come a day in my lifetime when we see the end of animals in circuses, but until then, we're forced to make frustratingly small, incremental steps toward that aim. I also share a couple phone calls and announce the (... More)
    14 Dec 2014 at 9:24am
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  • Vegan Traveling in Ireland: Plant-Based Eating in my Ancestor's Land
    Excited to share my trip to Ireland in today's podcast episode, including my meals at vegan (and non-vegan) restaurants, my visits to an animal sanctuary, and everything in between. So, sit back and enjoy! Many thanks to listeners and to American Anti-Vivisection Society and for sponsoring this episode. (... More)
    30 Nov 2014 at 9:09am
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  • American Vegan in London
    Excited to share my trip to London with all of you, including my meals at vegan (and non-vegan) restaurants, my visits to animal memorials, and everything in between. In the next episode, I'll take you to Ireland with me, but for now, sit back and enjoy! I'm also including some questions from callers about the sustatainability of salmon, how to buy (... More)
    16 Nov 2014 at 5:47pm
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  • Animal Word Origins
      I’m fascinated by the origins of words in general and how they relate to our perception of and thus treatment of non-human animals in particular. And so today, we take a look at five common English-language words and how they relate to non-human animals. After listening, you'll never again be able to order a burrito without thinking about (... More)
    3 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
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  • What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals: Stage 5 - Sorrow and Anger
    Continuing our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals, today I focus on Stage 5. This is when we are so acutely aware of how large the problem is, of how many animals are suffering, how many animals humans hurt, how many atrocities we commit against animals, how systematic it is, and how systemic it is. And as a result, we may feel overwhelmed, (... More)
    19 Oct 2014 at 9:59am
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  • Practical Answers to Real-World Vegan Concerns
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    5 Oct 2014 at 9:12am
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  • Animals Are Not Plants
    The urban agriculture trend is sexy, hot, and extremely popular. It also has the potential to negatively affect thousands of individuals when farming and killing animals is part of the plan. In today's episode, I share my experience working to stop backyard animal farming and slaughter in Oakland and why I think acting locally and politically (... More)
    21 Sep 2014 at 10:59am
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  • The Power of Compassion
    Join me for today's episode filled with wonderful questions from callers, such as what to do when a butcher shop moves in across the street; how to deal with "compassion fatigue": coping with the sadness of our society's rampant institutionalized animal abuse; and one from a doctor who looked for some guidance on how to talk to her patients about (... More)
    7 Sep 2014 at 9:05am
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  • Indoor Cats with Outdoor Access
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    25 Aug 2014 at 9:04am
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  • What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals Stage Four: Evangelizing
    Today’s episode focuses on the fourth stage of what happens when you stop eating animals: Evangelizing (Vegangelizing?). Join me as I talk about the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing and why we can - and should - fully embrace the true meaning of what it means to be an evanglizer, or a "messenger of good news." Sharing our enthusiasm (... More)
    10 Aug 2014 at 8:29pm
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  • Being the Vegan in the Room - Representing Veganism in a Joyful Way
    In today's episode, I share with you a number of recent scenarios I found myself in where I had the opportunity to represent veganism and chose (choose) to do so in a positive way, whether it's ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant, dropping the "v" word into a non-vegan conversation, or meeting a friend of a friend who is on the Paleo (Pasturbation) (... More)
    27 Jul 2014 at 2:50pm
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  • Palm Oil, Earth Balance, and Rainforest Destruction: Straw-Man Argument or Legitimate Connection?
    Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, (... More)
    16 Jul 2014 at 9:29am
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  • Vegan in Italy
    Italy is one of my favorite places in the world - the people, the beauty, the language, the art, the history, the music, the food. Listen to this episode in which I share the details of our first international "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau" trip, which we premiered in Italy. We ate, we drank, we hiked, we cooked, we toured, we laughed, (... More)
    7 Jul 2014 at 10:51am
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  • Feeding Wildlife: Is it Ever Okay?
    In this episode, I answer a number of questions from callers who ask: *what do I say to people who bring up abortion when I talk about animal rights? *how do I not make everyone uncomfortable when I talk about being vegan? *is it ever okay to feed birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals outside my home? *how do I handle the fact that family members (... More)
    29 Jun 2014 at 9:38am
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  • 2,500 Years of Veganism: A Brief History
    Many people think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for centuries, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My personal veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – (... More)
    27 Jun 2014 at 11:00am
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  • Beauty without Animal Cruelty
    In today's episode, I talk about my favorite personal care and cosmetics products and how to determine if a company doesn't test their final products or their ingredients on animals. I also discuss the importance of supporting organizations and companies striving to vet this information for us so we, the consumer, can trust that what we buy has not (... More)
    13 Jun 2014 at 8:09am
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  • Advocating for Animals in Social Media
    The centerpiece of today's episode is how to be the best advocate for animals and veganism in the age of social media. One of the most common questions I receive is about how to respond to people who make hostile or passive aggressive comments about veganism and animal protection on their Facebook (et. al) page. I share my philosophy about interacting (... More)
    1 Jun 2014 at 11:11pm
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  • Vegan in New York City
    Join me in this episode in which I share with you my recent journey to the Big Apple, lauding the vegan restaurants I frequented and the animal activist/friends I cavorted with. And, amazingly, this California snob admits that NYC does some things better than we do in the Golden State. I also answer a couple questions from some lovely women who are (... More)
    18 May 2014 at 4:31pm
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  • Knowing Where You End and Another Person Begins
    Join me for a great episode in which I answer some really common but important questions about how to deal with people who poke fun at or ignore your concern about animals. I also answer a great question about the myth that it costs more to eat healthfully. All of this follows my joyful riff about living among wildlife. Thank you to today's podcast (... More)
    4 May 2014 at 8:41am
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  • The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is coming back! All I need is you.
    The first edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge book sold almost 20,000 copies before going out of print. Help me bring back a new (improved) edition so it can resume changing and saving lives. Listen to this episode to find out why I need YOU to make this possible. We have only 30 days to make this possible! (... More)
    1 May 2014 at 6:43am
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  • Vegan Weddings: How Dare You Reflect Who You Are on Your Special Day
    So many vegans have been conditioned to be apologetic, self-effacing, or even ashamed for manifesting their values. Lest they be called selfish, rigid, or unreasonable, many compromise what they care about most to please someone else. This plays out in many scenarios but especially during wedding-planning. Whether or not you're getting married, this (... More)
    21 Apr 2014 at 8:15am
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  • Compassionate Fashion
    I get a lot of questions from both men and women about finding compassionate clothing and shoes made without animal skins, fur, hair, or other body parts(!) - that are both fashionable as well as affordable. Today, I share my thoughts about why it costs a little more to make ethical wares, and I assure you that you don't have to trade fashion for compassion. (... More)
    6 Apr 2014 at 8:09am
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  • Benji: My Gateway Film into Animal Advocacy
    My love of film began when I was very young and my parents took me to the movies every Friday night. Granted, some of the films I saw were incredibly inappropriate for my age, but I'll always be grateful for seeing Benji in the theatre when I was 6 years old. I almost didn't make it through for all the tears I cried, but it is truly one of my earliest (... More)
    23 Mar 2014 at 10:02am
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  • I Am (Not) An Animal
    In today's episode, I discuss the origins of the word "animal," whose root word means "soul" - something humans are in danger of losing if we keep denying non-human animals theirs. Thanks to today's sponsors:,, & I also share the origins of other animal-related words (beast, creature, brute, brute (... More)
    9 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
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  • Vegan in Napa, Cruelty-Free Antibacterial Soap (Why It's Unnecessary), and Holy Roaches
    In this episode, I share my experience sleeping in my 20th county in California (Napa), booking an Air B&B for the first time, eating vegan in Napa Country (particularly in the towns of Napa and Helena), and I answer such questions as "How do you respond to folks who say 'it must be hard to be vegan' as you stand there with a plate of carrots at (... More)
    23 Feb 2014 at 4:09pm
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  • Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel + The Links Between Animal Advocacy and All Social Justice Issues
    In today's episode, I share my recommendations for some kitchen design elements that might be helpful to you whether you're remodeling or not, and I answer several of your questions, including how to respond to people who say "it must be hard to be vegan," "I had a great weekend hunting," and "why don't animal advocates spend their time taking care (... More)
    9 Feb 2014 at 11:32am
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  • Valuing One Life, Changing the Barometer, and Knowing You Can't Please Everyone!
    Join me for today's episode as I tell the story of intervening when I found a sick raccoon while traveling and as I answer questions related to my favorite teas, to changing the barometer by which we measure all things vegan, and to coming to terms with the fact that we can't please everyone when trying to do good. An emailer in the "What Would Colleen (... More)
    27 Jan 2014 at 8:36am
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  • Eight-Year Anniversary: An Uber Love Fest!
    Eight years. Eight years of food for thought! In celebration of the eight-year anniversary of the podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by “Food for Thought.” The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and (... More)
    14 Jan 2014 at 9:15am
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  • The Shame of Overweight Vegans
    In today's episode, I relate my interaction with a non-vegan neighbor about whether it's ever possible to keep and kill animals "humanely," and I talk to a couple listeners about how best to represent veganism with non-vegan, animal-loving co-workers and colleagues. The center of this episode, however, is my response to a woman who wrote to me to ask (... More)
    4 Jan 2014 at 9:19am
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  • Setting Boundaries, Reading Chaucer, and Talking Bees
    Join me today as I talk about the importance of knowing where we end and another person begins, which is also today's tweetable! This theme runs through my week's re-cap, as well as in this episode's emails and phone calls. In our segment, Verbal Vivisection, I dissect some positive animal idioms, such as "bee's knees" and "busy as a bee" and relatedly (... More)
    21 Dec 2013 at 2:26pm
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  • Creating a Foundation of Compassion
    Join me today as I talk about my goal of sleeping in every county in California, about writing my next cookbook, and about my experience demystifying “vegan food” with a bed-and-breakfast proprietor. This episode is also the first in which I incorporate your phone calls, which include a question about living with a non-vegan husband, a question (... More)
    8 Dec 2013 at 8:15am
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  • Being Vegan is a Means to An End. It is Not An End in Itself.
    In today's episode, I share my experience - and a fun audio clip - from my recent visit to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, the Albany (NY) VegFest, and Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary (and vegan guest house). I also answer your questions about whether or not it's "vegan" to visit natural history museums (that feature stuffed dead animals), about what (... More)
    25 Nov 2013 at 11:17am
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  • A New Era for Food for Thought!
    Food for Thought has been running for almost 8 years, which is fantastic and incredible – and possible because of the support of my amazing listeners. However, it's time for a change, and change is here! Check out today's brief episode in which I announce the new format for the podcast, including Through a Compassionate Lens (my weekly observations (... More)
    18 Nov 2013 at 10:12am
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  • What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals Stage Three: Coming Out
    Today’s episode focuses on the third stage of "what happens when you stop eating animals"): Coming Out. Join me as I talk about what it means to “come out.” What does it mean to be in the closet? When is the best time to come out? How do you come out? To whom do you come out? And how do you respond to the reactions to your coming out? (... More)
    7 Nov 2013 at 9:09am
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  • What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals Stage Two: Guilt & Remorse
    After providing an overview of The 10 Stages We Go Through When We Stop Eating Animals (check out the previous episode called From Consumption to Compassion, as well as Stage One: Validation), today’s episode focuses on the second stage: Guilt & Remorse. This is the stage where we reflect upon the animals we once ate and feel bad for having (... More)
    6 Oct 2013 at 8:00am
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  • Humane Montaigne (mon*tayne)
    In this episode, I'm thrilled to share with you a very special person named Michele de Montaigne, who lived from 1533 to 1592. He was a writer, philosopher, and inventor of the essay as a proper literary genre. In his aptly titled "Essays," he shares his thoughts - while referencing historical figures, philosophical thinkers, and poets - in order to work (... More)
    4 Sep 2013 at 5:42pm
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  • What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals - Stage One: Validation and the Voracious Consumption of Information
    After providing an overview of The 10 Stages You Go Through When You Stop Eating Animals (check out the previous episode called From Consumption to Compassion), today's episode focuses on the first stage: Validation and the Voracious Consumption of Information. This is the stage when you seek to get your hands on every book, every video, every bit of (... More)
    1 Aug 2013 at 2:20pm
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  • The End of the Food for Thought Podcast?
    Without a doubt, this podcast has saved and changed thousands of lives, and it's imperative it stay on the air. Listen to this short episode about how to make this possible, how to get a free copy of On Being Vegan, and how we can reach thousands more people - all with your help. (... More)
    18 Jul 2013 at 10:23am
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  • Adis, Cordera!: An 1892 Spanish Short Story (Read in English!)
    Today, I read a very special story called "¡Adiós, Cordera!", written in 1892 by Leopoldo Alas (also known as Clarín). “¡Adiós, Cordera!" is a touching story of two children, named Rosa and Pinín, who love their family's cow, Cordera, like a mother. The family is very poor, and the father realizes that he (... More)
    19 Jun 2013 at 8:40am
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  • Verbal Vivisection: How Euphemisms, Oxymorons, and Doublespeak Disguise Our Violence Against Animals
    I love language, and I advocate being thoughtful about the words we use – not in a way that is derisively called “politically correct” but in a way that reflects the truth and doesn’t hide it. I advocate using language that celebrates animals rather than denigrates them. I urge people to use language that says what we mean. (... More)
    20 May 2013 at 3:48pm
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  • From Consumption to Compassion: The Stages We Go Through When We Stop Eating Animals and What We Need to Know to Stay Hopeful and Joyful
    I believe that the process of becoming vegan is the process of reclaiming our true compassion and becoming reawakened to it, and I think understanding the journey of going from innately compassionate child to desensitized adult to one whose compassion is re-awakened is key to inspiring it in others and to remaining awake ourselves. Once we become awake, (... More)
    8 Apr 2013 at 10:31am
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  • Vegan Dating
    Finding a compatible romantic partner is an age-old desire and one that comes with challenges, hopes, fears, and heartbreak - regardless of who you are, where you live, or how you eat. For vegans who want to date only vegans (i.e. like-minded folks who share similar values - something we all went!), the dilemma is the fact that because vegans represent (... More)
    14 Mar 2013 at 12:03pm
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  • Keeping a Vegan Home
    Afraid of being considered controlling, extreme, insulting, rude, or ungracious, some people are afraid to ask friends and family to not bring animal products into their home. Things get more complicated when you live with non-vegans who don't share your desire to draw that line. Join me today as I share some stories about how we can set reasonable (... More)
    14 Feb 2013 at 9:06am
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  • Seven-Year Anniversary: An Uber Lovefest
    In celebration of the seven-year anniversary of the podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and compassion. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. (... More)
    17 Jan 2013 at 12:51pm
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  • A Tribute to Schuster and Michael: Loved and Lost
    In honor of Schuster, my beloved cat of 17 years, and Michael Scribner, my dear friend, I tell the stories of the lives and deaths of these two incredible beings who left this world days apart from one another. They both filled this world with love and joy, and they live on through the telling of their stories. (... More)
    13 Dec 2012 at 8:35am
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  • Re-Reading the Classics Through the Lens of Compassion: Bambi and Frankenstein
    When you look through the lens of compassion, you see our desire for it everywhere you look; you see the human expression of it everywhere you look; and you see our connection to animals everywhere you look – including in art. I’m most excited by the presence of works of art that span mediums, cultures, genres, and decades, which covertly (... More)
    28 Nov 2012 at 9:32am
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  • A Journey Through England and Scotland Through the Eyes of an Animal-Centric, Anglophilic, Literary Geek
    Experience a trip to the United Kingdom through the lens of an animal advocate / literary nerd / vegan. Where else will you learn the origin of the word Shambles, walk on the Yorkshire moors, eat at wonderful vegetarian restaurants, meet British icons Alan Davies and David Mitchell, and hear poetry by William Wordsworth? It's all here in today's episode! (... More)
    30 Oct 2012 at 8:31am
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  • I Don't Eat Fake Meat: An Etymological Appeal for Living (and Speaking) Compassionately
    I believe that change will occur for animals only as we change their status, and one thing we need to change is the way we talk about them. Every word we choose can contribute to upholding the existing paradigm that sees animals as ours to hurt, ours to eat, ours to kill, ours to use, as ours to do with whatever we please. OR we can choose words that (... More)
    10 Oct 2012 at 8:39pm
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  • The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: Your Personal Guide for Living Compassionately and Healthfully
    Six years in the making, and it's finally here: The 30-Day Vegan Challenge ONLINE ( Join me today as I announce and describe this unique, first-of-its-kind, life-changing program that enables you to join anytime and immediately log in to your very own password-protected account to access the daily messages, videos, audio (... More)
    21 Sep 2012 at 2:19pm
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  • "Vegans are like Hitler" and other Logical Fallacies
    Join me today as I talk about fallacious arguments: cheap and easy tactics for attempting to discredit veganism and undermine animal activism. Though there are many, some of the more inflammatory ones are discussed today, including the ad hominem attack/logical fallacy that tries to create a connection between Hitler and animal/vegan activists and one (... More)
    4 Sep 2012 at 12:22pm
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  • Disagreement is not Disrespect
    If you've heard any variation of "Eating meat is a personal preference. I respect your preference not to eat animals just like you should respect my desire to eat them," then today's podcast episode is for you. Is it "respect" someone is looking for when they say that, or is it "approval?" Is it okay for vegans to disagree, and can they still do so (... More)
    8 Aug 2012 at 2:53pm
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  • John Oswald a Scottish Voice for Compassion
    John Oswald, born in Edinburgh in the 1700s (the exact date unknown), was a philosopher, a writer, a poet, a social critic, a revolutionary, and an eloquent voice for animals and compassion.  Join me as I celebrate The Scottish Voice of Compassion and read excerpts from his essay,"The Cry of Nature: An Appeal to Mercy and Justice on Behalf of the (... More)
    25 May 2012 at 2:50pm
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  • Responses to 'I'm Vegan' and How to Reply
    Even though I address a number of typical responses and excuses in previous podcast episodes, I felt it was important to return to this topic, because there really is such an interesting dynamic that takes place when someone says "I'm vegan." Some responses can throw the vegan for a loop, including: "I'm vegan, too, but I eat chicken, fish, and eggs" (... More)
    4 May 2012 at 12:18pm
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  • Six-Year Anniversary: An Uber Lovefest
    In celebration of the six-year anniversary of our podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and compassion. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. If (... More)
    5 Apr 2012 at 7:25pm
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  • Vegan with Child: A Healthy Combination
    You don't really know how opinionated the world is until you become pregnant. And when yiou're VEGAN and pregnant, look out! Tune into today's episode for nutrition recommendations (protein, iron, folate/folic acid, calcium, Omega 3 fatty acids/DHA) and resources and books for being a healthy, happy, pregnant vegan. (... More)
    13 Feb 2012 at 9:24pm
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  • The Newest Diet Fad: Paleo
    The newest fad diet on the block combines all the trends of the day: "low-carb," "gluten-free," and "low glycemic index," instilling fears about healthful foods and waxing poetic about animal flesh and fluids. You might call this a "retro" diet in that in doesn't look forward; it looks backwards. Way backwards! Not backwards 10 years or 100 years but (... More)
    10 Jan 2012 at 4:22pm
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  • It's a Girl! (and Other Announcements)
    As we say goodbye to 2011, I wanted to share with you a number of wonderful ways we'll enter 2012 together. Consider this my Happy New Year message to you filled with special announcements and gratitude for all your support. (... More)
    30 Dec 2011 at 11:37am
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  • Big Vegan Finds in Little Places
    Traveling to towns large and small, host Colleen Patrick-Goudreau focuses on the vegan abundance in places whose population is between 2,000 and 3,000, including Murphys, CA and New Hope, PA. She shares her experiences from a recent trip to Animal Place, a sanctuary for farmed animals in Grass Valley, CA, whose population is only 200, when you factor (... More)
    14 Nov 2011 at 10:43am
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  • The Pleasures and Politics of Yellowstone National Park
    Navigating through Yellowstone National Park is at once awe-inspiring and thought-provoking. While it is a privilege to experience the natural wonders, the wildlife, and the breathtaking landscape, it's also difficult to see the bison and wolves and not think of the challenges they once faced (both brought to near-extinction) and continue to face now. (... More)
    23 Jun 2011 at 1:20pm
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  • Vegan Outreach to Restaurants
    Manifesting your values of compassion and wellness in your everyday behavior (i.e. becoming vegan) is a profound and powerful way to live. It's quite literally life-changing, and for some people, just making this change is enough to be part of contributing to a compassionate and nonviolent world But you may want to do even more. So today, I talk about (... More)
    26 Apr 2011 at 4:35am
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  • The Moral Crusade Against Foodies
    I first introduced B.R. Myers to listeners in an early podcast episode called The Fall of the Excuse-itarians in which I praised him for being one of the few writers for a prominent publication to openly take Michael Pollan and his fellow Excuse-itarians to task for romanticizing, ritualizing, rationalizing, fetishizing, and sexualizing the consumption (... More)
    24 Mar 2011 at 5:48pm
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  • How to Talk to Hunters (or anyone with whom you disagree)
    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 (... More)
    6 Jan 2011 at 9:18am
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  • Finding Abundance while Traveling in General (and in Ireland)
    Whether you're traveling for work or pleasure, finding abundance and sustenance while on the road is easy once you know where to look and if you plan ahead (which I argue should be done even when you're NOT traveling). With loads of general tips for finding vegan food in airports, preparing for airplanes, choosing veg-friendly hotels, and traveling (... More)
    14 Oct 2010 at 5:49am
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  • The Shearing of Sheep
    Though sheep play a huge role in the consciousness of our culture (through nursery rhymes, children's stories, fables, and religion), our primary relationship to them is through our exploitation of them. Whether it's their wool we're shearing, their skin we're wearing, their flesh we're eating, or their milk we're taking, we value sheep as we do other (... More)
    31 Aug 2010 at 1:46am
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  • Critters on the Streets - When to Intervene (Part Two)
    All of us have been in a situation where a dog or cat (or other animal) crosses our path and potentially needs our intervention, and we have to decide what to do at that moment - animals who are homeless, lost, in distress, being abused, being neglected, or animals who are dead. Although it would be easier and more convenient to turn away, I can't just (... More)
    8 Aug 2010 at 11:34pm
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  • Losing Weight - Part Two: Calorie Reduction
    Though some people do lose weight upon becoming vegan (which makes sense because you're eating fewer calorie-dense foods) and though vegans do have a lower body mass index than non-vegetarians, weight loss is not automatic for everyone. Rather than promise that "if you go vegan, you will lose weight," it's much more accurate to say "people who switch (... More)
    26 Jul 2010 at 3:16am
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  • Critters on the Streets - When to Intervene (Part One)
    All of us have been in a situation where a dog or cat (or other animal) crosses our path and potentially needs our intervention, and we have to decide what to do at that moment - animals who are homeless, lost, in distress, being abused, being neglected, or animals who are dead. Although it would be easier and more convenient to turn away, I can't just (... More)
    19 Jun 2010 at 5:41pm
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  • Losing Weight - Part One: Calorie Expenditure
    Though some people do lose weight upon becoming vegan (which makes sense because you're eating fewer calorie-dense foods) and though vegans do have a lower body mass index than non-vegetarians, weight loss is not automatic for everyone. Rather than promise that "if you go vegan, you will lose weight," it's much more accurate to say "people who switch (... More)
    24 May 2010 at 3:16am
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  • Five Favorite (Japanese) Foods: Miso, Sushi, Agar, Sea Vegetables, Shiitake/Maitake Mushrooms
    Today I share some essential components of what happens to be my favorite cuisine. Learn the different varieties of miso and different ways to use what I think should be a staple in every refrigerator. Get tips on how to prepare the most delicious mushrooms on the planet (whether you get them dried or fresh). Discover the true meaning of the word "sushi," (... More)
    29 Apr 2010 at 3:17am
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  • Finding Sanctuary
    Walt Whitman wrote, “I think I could turn and live with the animals," and I do -- every chance I get: not just the animals with whom I live but the animals who have been given refuge at sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are sacred places - after all, the word comes from the Latin word sanctus, which means "holy." They provide solace, safety, and lifelong (... More)
    5 Apr 2010 at 3:18am
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  • Favorite Food: For the Love of Lentils
    Our conversation today revolves around lentils, an appropriate food to celebrate in the beginning of this new year, as they are traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve in many cultures around the world to symbolize wealth, prosperity, and abundance in the coming year. In this episode, we discuss different types of lentils, how to cook them, some favorite (... More)
    31 Mar 2010 at 3:20am
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  • Art and Consciousness
    What moves me most profoundly about art as narrative (whether it’s literature or film or dance or theatre or music) is its ability to communicate our human experience, its ability to reflect our shared human experience, and its ability to raise our consciousness. What that means is every book I read, every film I watch, every piece of art I see (... More)
    10 Feb 2010 at 3:19am
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  • The Compassionate Gift Guide - 2009
    Today’s episode is part of our "Compassionate Series," which features favorite companies/organizations/products/experts in the context of the topic.) If you’re seeing this episode after the “holidays” have already passed, please don’t tune it out. The information is relevant ANYTIME and ALL the time, and you’ll be (... More)
    1 Dec 2009 at 3:20am
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  • The Color of Animals
    Whether it's the deep yellow color of egg yolks or the pink-orange color of salmon; whether it's the red shell of the cooked lobsters or the pink feathers of the flamingo, the color is attributable to plants. Learn why farmed salmon (90% of salmon eaten in the United States) are not really pink, why the yolk of chicken's eggs are so yellow, and why (... More)
    6 Nov 2009 at 3:21am
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  • Mans Place in the Animal World by Mark Twain
    An outspoken advocate for animals, Mark Twain publicly came out against such abuses as bullfighting and vivisection, and animals were a part of his writing from the first story that earned him renown ("The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County") to the published and unpublished pieces he wrote up until his death in 1910. In addition to his short (... More)
    30 Oct 2009 at 3:22am
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  • My Evolution Through Cats: A Tribute and a Memorial to Simon
    A tribute and memorial to Simon Pieman, the bravest cat who ever lived, this episode is also the story of my transition from a "dog person" to a "cat person (and “goat person,” “chicken person,” “cow person,” “turkey person,” “pig person,” but that's another story). The most profound transformations (... More)
    25 Aug 2009 at 3:24am
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  • Five Favorite Kitchen Tools
    The tools we use in the kitchen are key to making it fun, making it easy, making it successful, and making it safe. I think this has everything to do with using the right tools. If you don’t like what you’re using to cook, if you don’t feel comfortable or if you find it difficult or if you find it dangerous, then you’re going (... More)
    27 Jul 2009 at 3:25am
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  • The "Lethal Gifts of Livestock"
    Being animals ourselves, it makes sense that we share many of the same diseases as our non-human cousins. We aren’t – after all – plants. We aren’t at risk for catching aphids or sooty mold or downy mildew. In fact, many of the major killer pandemics we’ve been plagued with were acquired from non-human animals. Here are (... More)
    15 Jul 2009 at 3:28am
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  • How to Read the "Nutrition Facts" Label
    If you’ve ever stared at the “Nutrition Facts” label on the back of food products wondering what to make of it, then this episode is for you. Learn about how to read the label, what to look for to ensure you're avoiding such unnecessaries as trans fats, how to identify animal products in the ingredients list, and how to understand (... More)
    10 Jul 2009 at 3:27am
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  • A Dog's Tale: A Short Story by Mark Twain
    In 1903, Mark Twain published the short story “A Dog’s Tale” in Harper’s Monthly Magazine, and the following year, it was released it as a book. Though it tends to be overshadowed by his more famous works, the story received public and critical acclaim, and as Diane Beers writes in her book, For the Prevention of Cruelty,it “is (... More)
    30 Jun 2009 at 3:27am
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  • Down with Feathers
    The campaign against "plumaged headwear" was one of the most successful in the early animal advocacy movement in the United States, ultimately creating legislative protection for birds and a cultural shift in terms of how the public viewed feathered hats. A once-coveted fashion item became the symbol of cruelty and selfishness as the result of a boycott (... More)
    9 Apr 2009 at 3:28am
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  • Three-Year Anniversary Show: An Unabashed Lovefest
    In celebration of the three-year anniversary of our podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and transformation. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. (... More)
    8 Mar 2009 at 3:29am
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  • The Compassionate Kitchen: Eating Healthfully Affordably
    When I talk about eating healthfully “in a recession” or on a budget, I'm referring to “eating healthfully affordably.” I’m not talking about eating cheap food. I’m talking about eating whole food. I’m talking about considering all the costs of our food consumption – costs to our health, costs to the Earth, (... More)
    3 Mar 2009 at 3:29am
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  • Rabbit Tales
    Though rabbits inform our consciousness and culture in so many ways, they are one of the most exploited domesticated animals: raised and killed for human consumption, hunted for "sport," used for experiments in vivisection labs, farmed and killed for their fur, sold in pet stores, and so much more. Given all this, it’s a wonder how a dismembered (... More)
    4 Feb 2009 at 3:30am
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  • Memorials to Animals
    Because memorials aren’t really a lamentation of death as much as they are a celebration of life, I want to emphasize that this episode is not at all sad. In it, I read several poems by celebrated writers (Robinson Jeffers, John Galsworthy, Eugene O'Neill, William Cowper), who memorialize their lost animal companions with whom they lived and loved. (... More)
    29 Jan 2009 at 3:30am
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  • The Compassionate Bathroom
    Many companies boast that their personal care and household products are "cruelty-free" and "not tested on animals," a label more and more consumers are seeking. Today's episode addresses the fact that neither the FDA nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulate cosmetics/personal care and household products, respectively, require (... More)
    29 Dec 2008 at 3:31am
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  • Diseases of Civilization (aka "Lifestyle Diseases")
    According to the World Health Organization, people who live in high-income countries and middle-income countries predominantly die of chronic "lifestyle" diseases or "diseases of civilization"(Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, asthma, cancer, chronic liver disease, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, stroke, depression, diverticulitis, (... More)
    11 Dec 2008 at 1:47am
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  • The Compassionate Gift Guide - 2008
    Today’s episode is part of our "Compassionate Series," which features favorite companies/organizations/products/experts in the context of the topic.) If you’re seeing this episode after the “holidays” have already passed, please don’t tune it out. The information is relevant ANYTIME and ALL the time, and you’ll be (... More)
    3 Nov 2008 at 1:54am
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  • Food for the Road: Packed Lunches and PIcnics
    Whether you’re packing lunches for your children for school or your partner for work or for yourself to take to the office; whether you're a teenager packing your own lunch or a college student looking for quick and easy meals; whether you're someone who works outside - as a gardener or landscaper, carpenter or construction worker; whether you're (... More)
    9 Oct 2008 at 1:47am
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  • Little Boy Pig: A Genetically Modified Tale
    At Animal Pharm, an anomaly is born. Whether a piglet with the hands and feet of a human baby or a human baby with the head and tail of a piglet, Ziggy only wants to find what we all seek. It is my pleasure to read this moving tale by the talented Shad Clark. (... More)
    1 Oct 2008 at 1:46am
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  • Where do I get my calcium if I don't drink cow's milk?
    Cow's milk contains calcium because cows eat grass. Calcium is a mineral that comes from the ground, which means, like grass, all green leafy vegetables are teeming with this nutrient. Let's explore the rationale behind human adults drinking another animal's milk when we don't even drink our own species' milk into adulthood. Perhaps all the calves are (... More)
    21 Sep 2008 at 1:52am
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  • Celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving Without Compromising Your Values
    When we closely examine the traditions of such holidays as Thanksgiving and Halloween, we see that we can honor their deeper meanings while still honoring our ethics and our values. Much of what informs our consciousness about these holidays is myth, which is fine. It’s fine to use myth to create rituals and traditions, but the point I make in (... More)
    18 Sep 2008 at 2:08am
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  • Drawing the Line: How Vegan is Vegan?
    What if I had my own hens and ate her eggs? What if I had my own cow or goat and drank her milk? What about honey? Is it considered "vegan"? These are some of the questions people ask as they begin to consider the ethical issues of consuming animal products. Though I don't pretend to have the one definitive answer, I am happy to share my thoughts. (... More)
    27 Aug 2008 at 1:46am
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  • Honoring the Animals We Eat - Just Like the Native Americans
    With a penchant for romanticizing their consumption of animals, many people declare that they "pray over meat" or "weep over the animals who sacrifice themselves for us - just like the Native Americans." Not only does this attempt to assuage our discomfort make no difference to the animals we kill (for naught), I wonder: who's praying for the animals (... More)
    10 Aug 2008 at 1:47am
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  • Conversations with Strangers (on Land and in the Air)
    Though I love talking about all things vegetarian with like-minded friends, my favorite people to engage with are strangers, whether on land or in the air (on planes). The more time we invest in conversations about vegetarianism and animal rights, the better advocates we will be and the more seeds we will plant. Despite the common assertion that "people (... More)
    30 Jul 2008 at 1:48am
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  • The Favors We Do Animals
    With his keen understanding of human behavior, Benjamin Franklin once remarked: "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do." We tend to be quite adept at finding ways to justify our behavior, especially when it is either unnecessary or ethically questionable. (... More)
    25 Jul 2008 at 3:22am
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  • Greening Your Life
    Calorie for calorie, dark green leafy vegetables are perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. There are over one thousand species of plants with edible leaves, including Arugula, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Collard greens, Cabbage, Chard, Chicory, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Iceberg Lettuce, Kale, Kohlrabi, (... More)
    2 Jul 2008 at 1:50am
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  • How Does Your Garden Grow? (Without Animal Products!)
    Just as humans need the nutrients from plants to thrive and grow, so do the plants need the nutrients from the soil - such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, calcium, iron, and magnanese. In this much-requested episode, learn how organic matter from plants (i.e. compost) enriches the soil, how animal slaughterhouse waste is unnecessary to create (... More)
    12 Jun 2008 at 1:51am
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  • Eating for World Peace
    In today's episode, I read an excerpt from a very special book called The World Peace Diet, written by Will Tuttle. Will is one of these amazing people who uses his compassion and wisdom in order to create the world we all envision - a world of peace and kindness and nonviolence and high consciousness. The excerpt I read provides an appropriate segue (... More)
    5 Jun 2008 at 2:07am
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  • Living Among Meat-Eaters - Part II
    In Part I of this topic, I talked about the importance of perceiving non-vegetarians as "blocked vegetarians" to help us cope in "mixed relationships." And of course the relationships to which I’m referring are not just romantic. Mixed relationships include those between friends, co-workers, family members, and most certainly between parents and (... More)
    8 May 2008 at 2:11am
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  • The Safety of Supplements
    Though I lament the fact that so many people look for easy solutions to their health problems and think that the answer lies in a pharmaceuticals, I also worry that people look to vitamin and mineral supplements as a shortcut to health. Though supplements may be essential when there is a true deficiency or need, they can be unnecessary at best or detrimental (... More)
    16 Apr 2008 at 1:54am
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  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
    Best known for his novels, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray; his plays, such as "The Importance of Being Earnest," "An Ideal Husband," and "Salome"; his poetry, such as "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"; and his 50,000-word letter, called "De Profundis," Oscar Wilde is not widely acclaimed for his children's stories. Sweet, didactic, and full of imagery, (... More)
    15 Apr 2008 at 1:54am
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  • Two-Year Anniversary Show: A Veritable Lovefest
    In celebration of the two-year anniversary of our podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been informed and inspired by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and transformation. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled (... More)
    7 Mar 2008 at 1:57am
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  • Five Favorite Foods: Carrots, Dates, Walnuts, Oats, Brussels Sprouts
    My main criteria for my "favorite foods" are things that I consume practically every day and love to prepare, and though my list may seem pedestrian, one thing I've discovered in the many years I’ve been doing this work is that even the most basic foods are still foreign to people. So, today I talk - at length! - about these five favorites. (... More)
    3 Mar 2008 at 1:55am
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  • The Taming of the Cattle
    Though we tend to forget, cattle (cows, bulls, and steers) did exist first as wild animals before humans began domesticating them for our own purposes. Before we got our hands on them and turned them into a commodity for human gain, what was their history? What was their background? What is their ancestry? Today I explore the answers to these questions, (... More)
    15 Feb 2008 at 1:58am
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  • Definition: Vegan
    "Can you eat this?" "Are you allowed to eat that?" Can you eat bread?" These are some of the common questions non-vegetarians ask vegans, and here's the short answer: We can eat whatever we want. We're "allowed" to have whatever we want. Nobody’s stopping us. It’s not illegal. We don’t follow a set of dietary laws, and we are technically (... More)
    7 Feb 2008 at 1:59am
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  • The Anarchist - His Dog
    Today's story demonstrates the lengths to which people will go to protect the ones they love. In her stories and plays, Susan Glaspell (1876-1948), bestselling novelist and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, created many sympathetic characters who make principled stands. And that is why I chose this story for today's narrative; it is about a little (... More)
    29 Jan 2008 at 2:00am
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  • Are You Serious? Strategies for Good Communication
    Vegetarians learn pretty quickly that when they "come out" - when they declare their vegetarianism publicly - they become the recipient of some statements or questions that are, let’s say, not very well thought out, such as "If everyone went vegetarian, the world would be overrun with farm animals!" or "Don't you care about plants? They have feelings, (... More)
    24 Jan 2008 at 1:56am
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  • I Eat Only "White Meat" - In Defense of Chickens
    Though in many ways we admire so much about chickens (the maternal instinct of mother hens, the irresistible "cuteness" of baby chicks, the iridescent plumage of rooters), unfortunately our admiration doesn't translate into kindness towards them. Chickens born, kept, and killed for their flesh and for their eggs may very well be the most abused animals (... More)
    21 Jan 2008 at 2:00am
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  • Acts of Forgiveness - What Humans Can Learn from Non-Human Animals
    Joanna Lucas is a gifted and beautiful writer who devotes much of her time and talent to the Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary in Colorado ( Joanna knows all the animals at the sanctuary intimately and writes about them on the Peaceful Prairie blog. In today's episode, I read Joanna's essay called Portrait of Marcie... A Beautiful (... More)
    15 Jan 2008 at 2:15am
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  • To Florida: An Apology
    Lest I offend the good people of Florida and Montana, I humbly offer my sincerest apology. Except for that one mean lady at the bed and breakfast (whose name shall remain anonymous), we enjoyed many wonderful meals in the fair state of Florida. (... More)
    14 Jan 2008 at 2:01am
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  • The Vegetarian Philosophy of Pythagoras, as told by Ovid in "The Metamorphoses"
    Everything we know about the Greek philosopher Pythagoras (ca. 580 B.C.- ca. 490 B.C. - he died when he was 90 years old!) comes from those who lived many years after him, and fortunately, his philosophy of vegetarianism is beautifully memorialized in Ovid's great epic poem, The Metamorphoses. Early vegetarians were called "Pythagoreans," and 2,500 (... More)
    12 Jan 2008 at 2:01am
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  • Favorite Foods: Beans!
    You wouldn't believe how much there is to say about beans. Take a listen to see what all the fuss is about! Learn how easy it is to make beans "from scratch," get permission to eat canned beans, learn a number of fast dishes you can make with black beans, white beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, and chick-peas, and find out once and (... More)
    15 Dec 2007 at 2:04am
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  • Marks of Domination: The Branding of Human and Animal Slaves
    The practice of branding animals and humans has a long history, dating back 4,000 years to the Egyptians. The Greeks, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons carried on the tradition, it was a regular form of punishment and identification during the European/American slave trade, and it continues to this day on ranches all over the American West. Brands cruelly and (... More)
    30 Nov 2007 at 2:04am
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  • A Passionate Life
    In her broken, mutilated body, shooting for normalcy as though it were within her reach, seeking to be involved in absolutely everything, every meal, every exchange of affection, every single conversation, Louise sang. Responding to every single sound in her environment, tuned into the world's pitch, rhythm, timbre, tone, color, phrasing, cadence, tempo, (... More)
    13 Nov 2007 at 2:05am
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  • Thanksgiving FOR the Birds
    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)
    2 Nov 2007 at 2:06am
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  • Compassionate Clichs
    A culture’s language reflects the values of that society, and our shared use of that language reflects our agreement with those values. Today I want to examine how our use of common idioms and proverbs denigrates animals and contributes to our violence against them; I'd like to take a look at the origins of some of these expressions and offer (... More)
    15 Oct 2007 at 2:07am
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  • On the Road: Traveling as a Vegan (with a Focus on Italy, London, and - Florida)
    Join me today as I share some of my adventures on the road, in the sky, and in a far-off place called Florida. We learn why eating a whole foods plant-based diet works not only at home but also "abroad," we explore the abundant resources out there for planning a vegan voyage, and I offer some tips on getting Pizza Hut to treat you like royalty. I also (... More)
    27 Sep 2007 at 1:55am
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  • Raising Vegan Children - Social Situations
    I believe we come into this world fully compassionate, and the best gift we can give to children is to honor the empathy they have for animals by letting their natural compassion guide their behavior, guide us as parents, guide us as a society. We do everything we can to prevent them from seeing images of animal cruelty and suffering, so why would we (... More)
    25 Sep 2007 at 3:19am
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  • Poetry's Plea for Animals
    Several years ago, I happened upon an amazing book called Poetry’s Plea for Animals: An Anthology of Justice and Mercy for our Kindred in Fur and Feathers. It’s a collection of poems about animals and about the plight of animals who are at the mercy of humans. It published in 1927 and contains such chapters as "Burden-Bearers," "In War Service," (... More)
    7 Sep 2007 at 2:10am
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  • The Fall of the Excuse-itarians (or The Emperor is Naked!)
    I'm thrilled to report that another voice has just pierced the "sustainable/humane meat" illusion - and what a voice! B.R. Myers, a book critic for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, has written a fiercely honest criticism of Michael Pollan’s book in the September 2007 issue of the magazine, and I read it here. It’s called "Hard to Swallow: (... More)
    26 Aug 2007 at 2:11am
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  • Living Among Meat-Eaters - Part I
    Many a vegetarian has been on the receiving end of jokes, jibes, digs, insensitive quips, and cruel comments, and though it can be hard not to take it personally, the truth is all of these insensitive reactions have nothing to do with you. They reflect a resistance on the part of the non-vegetarian to take an honest and thoughtful look in the mirror (... More)
    20 Aug 2007 at 2:12am
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  • The High Costs of Cheap Meat
    This episode debunks the claim that a "vegan diet is more expensive than a non-vegetarian diet" by looking at a cost comparison of the equivalent amount of animal versus plant protein, by looking at the government subsidies that make food artificially cheap, and by looking at costs that go beyond mere dollars: those of the environment, the lives of (... More)
    12 Aug 2007 at 2:13am
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  • The Practical Aspects of Being Vegan
    Now that I'm vegan, what do I do with my leather couch, my leather shoes, and my wool sweaters? What should I do with the meat and other animal-based products in my kitchen? How do I know about animal-derived ingredients on food labels? Can I still call myself "vegan" if I eat something like honey? These are some of the questions that arise for people (... More)
    2 Aug 2007 at 2:05am
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  • Motherhood & Maternal Instincts
    Despite our desperate attempt to remove ourselves from our non-human brethren, we are animals, and we have a lot more animal instincts than we like to admit. Every woman will tell you that her drive to protect her young - what we call maternal instinct - is pure and fierce and real. We even call it an instinct - the maternal instinct. Any right-minded (... More)
    31 Jul 2007 at 2:14am
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  • Leather: Not an Innocent By-Product
    When confronted by the ethical considerations of leather, many people exclaim that it is a mere by-product of the meat industry and is thus absolved of culpability. The truth is quite different. Far from the altruistic industry this perception implies, the leather industry is inherently linked with the meat industry, providing the latter with much-needed (... More)
    26 Jul 2007 at 1:53am
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  • All About Tofu
    In today's episode we talk all about this delicious, nutritious food: its history, its versatility, and how it's made. Undergoing a process that resembles the production of dairy-based cheese, tofu has many advantages over its animal-based cousin, namely that no calf is harmed in the making of it. Tune in for more on that, for tips on cooking with it, (... More)
    13 Jul 2007 at 2:14am
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  • Animal Advocacy and Emotional Stress
    Learning about the atrocities committed against non-human animals is very painful and can leave us full of sorrow and hopelessness. In today’s episode, I’d like to address how to cope with the pain of the awareness of animal suffering and also how to be an effective advocate for animals. These two things go hand in hand; if we don't take (... More)
    9 Jul 2007 at 2:15am
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  • BBQs, Burgers, and Backyard Bites
    In this episode, I talk about what it's like to be a vegetarian at a non-vegetarian BBQ, tell you a little story about when I was on the Food Network, and share some specific ideas about what to serve at a BBQ: ideas for the grill (including vegetable skewers, marinated eggplant, polenta with pesto, portabello mushrooms, corn on the cob, BBQ tempeh, (... More)
    17 Jun 2007 at 2:16am
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  • The Burden of Burros
    Today I want to talk to you about an animal who has, over the centuries, gone from exalted to vilified. An animal that many people have never met but one who has been much maligned and humiliated on film, in literature, and in our language. An animal that is affected by the daily choices we make but who is invisible in many ways. An animal you may never (... More)
    8 Jun 2007 at 2:10am
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  • Grateful for Goats
    Today I want to talk about this amazing animal that endures a number of abuses by humans and yet isn’t really talked about a lot - even by animal advocates. Today I want to talk about and honor goats. Full of spunk and spark and life, we betray them by killing them for their flesh, by exploiting them for their milk, by exposing them to painful (... More)
    6 Jun 2007 at 2:17am
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  • Fish Consumption and By-Catch
    Our consumption of fish has many consequences - not only for the fish we eat but also for other fish/crustaceans, for cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), for marine mammals, for birds, and for ecosystems. In addition to the 17 billion aquatic animals we kill in the U.S. for human consumption, countless animals are killed as "by-catch" or "incidental (... More)
    22 May 2007 at 2:17am
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  • Like Animals
    Perhaps the most offensive thing you can say about people - if you really want it to sting - is that they're "like animals." We use, abuse, exploit, denigrate animals and relegate them to the lowliest place in society and then blame them for being "animals." We compare them to humans and consider them lowly and forget that we're the ones writing that (... More)
    14 May 2007 at 2:18am
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  • Teen (and College-Age) Vegetarians
    A much-anticipated episode, today's topic is dedicated to all the teen vegetarians out there, though its subject matter is relevant for parents as well. Many teenagers don't have the support of their parents when they make the decision to become vegetarian/vegan, and we talk about why this is and how we can remedy it. Making this lifestyle change is (... More)
    7 May 2007 at 2:18am
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  • Peace for Pigs
    Today's episode is dedicated to pigs - how wonderful they are, how we misrepresent them in our society, and what affect that has on our treatment of them. Pigs are exploited and used by humans in a variety of ways: as research tools, as "food animals," in high school science classes, as entertainment in a blood sport called "hog-baiting" or "hog dogging," (... More)
    19 Apr 2007 at 2:19am
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  • Eat Your Vegetables!
    Study after study concludes that people just aren't eating their vegetables. They're eating plenty of meat, dairy, and eggs, but they're not eating their vegetables. In today's episode, I offer a number of suggestions and tips for incorporating more plant foods into our diet - from chopping veggies and planning meals in advance to identifying what it (... More)
    10 Apr 2007 at 2:23am
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  • Turning the Tables
    Vegetarians and vegans often find themselves having to defend not only their own eating habits but vegetarianism and veganism as a whole - both philosophically and nutritionally. When it comes to health, those aiming for a plant-based diet are definitely on the right track, especially considering how few vegetables people are eating these days. When (... More)
    27 Mar 2007 at 1:30am
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  • What do Vegetarians Feed their Dogs and Cats?
    Feeding our dogs and cats the diet that is healthiest for them is something many people are concerned with. An ethical consideration arises when we become vegan or vegetarian and start to question the ethics of supporting the slaughter industry by feeding our dogs and cats meat. In this episode, I offer my opinion about feeding dogs and cats a plant-based (... More)
    19 Mar 2007 at 1:31am
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  • Response to: Why don't you spend your time on people instead of animals? or Why don't you care about humans?
    Anyone who has ever acted or spoken on behalf of animals has learned that criticism will often follow. Sometimes, it's in the form of a provocation such as: "Why aren’t you helping people instead of wasting your time on animals?" Though it's formed as a question, the inquisitors are not really interested in the answer. I suppose they think they’re (... More)
    1 Mar 2007 at 1:32am
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  • Life After Cheese
    If you have ever said or thought that you could "never give up cheese," this episode is for you. In it, I explore our irrational attachment to this stuff and suggest that it is a combination of factors that foster our addiction to cheese. I suggest that our desire for it is really a desire for something familiar. I suggest that it acts as a trigger (... More)
    26 Feb 2007 at 1:32am
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  • Soy is Not Evil
    A handful of individuals have been incredibly successful at demonizing a bean - a bean! Our obsession with single nutrients, our reliance on media sound bites for our health advice, our misunderstanding of the power of the anti-vegetarian agenda, our reliance on processed foods are the problems - not soy. Though soy foods are not miracle foods, neither (... More)
    22 Feb 2007 at 1:34am
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  • Becoming Re-Sensitized
    The process of becoming de-sensitized to animal suffering happens at a very early age. Though our innate compassion is unfettered and unconditional when we're young, we receive messages that indicate that not only should this compassion be left on the threshold of adulthood but that certain animals are here to love and certain ones are here to use. (... More)
    17 Feb 2007 at 1:33am
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  • Mutilation: An Ugly Word, An Ugly Act
    The word "mutilate" is a disturbing one, but I’m not using it merely to disturb. I’m using it because it aptly describes what I’m talking about. The root of the word means "to cut up, to cut off," and that’s what we do systematically to billions of animals - because we can. To my mind, to mutilate someone physically, to harm (... More)
    2 Feb 2007 at 1:34am
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  • An Essential Mineral: Iron
    Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the U.S. and worldwide. The groups that are most susceptible are women who menstruate (that is, women of childbearing age), pregnant and lactating women, teenagers, and children aged 6 months to 4 years. This is true for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I repeat: This is true for vegetarians (... More)
    25 Jan 2007 at 1:35am
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  • Minding the Gatekeepers - or Meat is Not Neutral
    I'm always struck by the notion that vegetarianism is a political position but eating meat is neutral. You know what I mean? The media are usually afraid to touch the subject (vegetarianism) lest they be promoting a particular position, as if they're NOT promoting a particular position when they represent meat, dairy, and eggs in a favorable light. (... More)
    20 Jan 2007 at 1:35am
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  • Taking It All In
    A number of you have written and asked me to talk about what else you can do beyond just stopping eating animals and animal secretions. You want to do more, and I commend you. We need you. The animals need you, and there much work to do. In another show we’ll talk about specific things you can do, but first I want to talk about processing all (... More)
    8 Jan 2007 at 1:36am
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