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Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates, the founder of western medicine, said, "Let food be thy medicine." Tragically, the way most Americans eat, food is more like poison, making us sick and killing us prematurely. Heart disease and cancer are the nation's top killers, and the risks of both can be reduced by eating plants instead of animal products. Removing meat, milk and eggs from the menu also prevents animal suffering and goes a long way toward lightening our environmental footprint. People are finally recognizing the profound impacts of their food choices, and we are now in the midst of a burgeoning food movement. We read about it daily -- more and more people are eating local and organic, going vegetarian and even vegan. I want to see it for myself, so on May 14th I'm heading out on a three week, cross-country adventure to explore "vegan America." It's called the Just Eats Tour and you can follow along daily here.

The Just Eats Tour is part of Farm Sanctuary's 25th anniversary. We were founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to promote plant based eating. In the early years, we funded the organization by selling veggie hot dogs out of an old VW van at Grateful Dead concerts. Farm Sanctuary is now America's leading farm animal protection organization, supported by more than 230,000 citizens across the United States.

We work to educate people about the animal cruelty and other abuses of factory farming, and believe that most people, when provided with information, will make healthier, more humane and environmentally sustainable choices. We also advocate for legal reforms, and although the laws are still grossly inadequate, we have been able to pass groundbreaking legislation to lessen the suffering of animals exploited by the food industry. And, we operate sanctuaries in New York and California where we care for nearly 1,000 chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows and other rescued farm animals. Once they come to Farm Sanctuary, the animals are treated like our friends, not our food. We encourage people to consider adopting vegan lifestyles, and we disseminate information like this fun video we recently released to expose the environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

I've been vegan since 1985, and it is great to see a growing interest in this lifestyle, especially in the past couple of years. People are coming to it for diverse reasons -- health, spirituality, a desire to live gently on the earth or to prevent animal suffering. Among those who have moved toward eating plants instead of animals are: Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Woody Harrelson, Mike Tyson, Lea Michelle, Steve Wynn, Mary Tyler Moore, Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons, Ellen DeGeneres, Jesse Eisenberg, Biz Stone, John Mackey, and Prince Fielder. Vegans still comprise a small percentage of the U.S. population, but our numbers are growing.
The Just Eats Tour began at a black tie gala in New York City at Cipriani's on Wall Street on May 14th and three weeks later we arrived at Farm Sanctuary's shelter in Orland, California for our annual Hoe Down on June 4th. Along the way, we visited big cities and rural communities. We spoke with chefs, business owners, entrepreneurs, fitness experts, celebrities and everyday heroes who are exploring vegan living. We posted recipes, videos, photos and other resources. We also want you to share your recipes on our website, and we encourage you to take the Vegan Challenge.

We hope this tour will help Americans better recognize the impacts of their food choices, learn about positive alternatives, and ultimately, choose healthier, more humane and sustainable options.

For a recap on Gene's cross-country trip please visit www.justeatstour.org.
I am not American but still felt this was worth sharing
 

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I think there's been significant progress within my lifetime. I've been veg for almost 3 decades now and it just keeps getting easier and easier. I meet more and more vegans and vegetarians. And I find more veg food available at restaurants and grocery stores. It's really great!
 

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I think there's been significant progress within my lifetime. I've been veg for almost 3 decades now and it just keeps getting easier and easier. I meet more and more vegans and vegetarians. And I find more veg food available at restaurants and grocery stores. It's really great!
I agree.
 

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Sadly, I'm not sure it's true. One vegan at a time at least.
Or ten or fifteen, or twenty, or thirty in one day. I've seen it happen! The forces of stagnation cannot hold back the tide of the future forever.
 

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I think there's been significant progress within my lifetime. I've been veg for almost 3 decades now and it just keeps getting easier and easier. I meet more and more vegans and vegetarians. And I find more veg food available at restaurants and grocery stores. It's really great!
I was going to post something similar. Even in my neck of the woods where I live now, I can find vegan products that don't require an hour trip to a Whole Foods or a hfs to get.

I don't know if anyone caught this but last month, during pledge week, PBS stations across the country had specials from several people who advocate plant based diets including my personal nutritional hero, Dr. Joel Furhman. Even if only a miniscule amount of viewers that saw these programs decided to follow the advice they heard, that would be a fairly significant number of people going meatless.
 

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I am gathering hope too. While we are living in an "Kill it, Eat it"* part of the country, we have noticed a significant increase in the choices we have in the mass supermarkets. Even the (dare I even say it) Walmart has vegan choices that were nonexistent ten years ago.

And in a middle school in which camouflage seems to be the uniform of the day, the science teacher's instruction included "Food Inc." "Tapped" and "Supersize It". While we have a long way to go I too think we are making progress....and demand creates supply.

*Seen on a t-shirt lately
 

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Among those who have moved toward eating plants instead of animals are: Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Woody Harrelson, Mike Tyson, Lea Michelle, Steve Wynn, Mary Tyler Moore, Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons, Ellen DeGeneres, Jesse Eisenberg, Biz Stone, John Mackey, and Prince Fielder.
Could have certainly used a better example list... Clinton didn't really give up eating animals, Natalie Portman sold out for a cupcake, Mike Tyson is only a good example about what not to do, Alicia Silverstone sold out to be accepted, John Mackey is dead...

As much as I like Farm Sanctuary I question some of their decisions, but most of all, and flame me if you must, Gene Baur is not a good spokesperson for the organization, he's a terrible public speaker. I saw him at a reading of his book in NYC and it was dismal.
 
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