This is a fantastic and well written article, the amount of attention veganism has been getting from mainstream media is very exciting.Myers scores a hit: just how sustainable can the food movement be if it still celebrates meat eating, however humanely and carefully farm animals are treated? (See TIME's special report, "Who Needs Organic Food?)
If anyone can answer that question, it's Gene Baur, the head of Farm Sanctuary, the country's leading farm animal organization, dedicated to lobbying for tougher animal protection standards and exposing the cruelty in meat production that makes such reforms necessary. Baur started Farm Sanctuary in 1986 and initially funded it by selling veggie hot dogs from the back of a Volkswagen van at Grateful Dead concerts. But from that humble (if slightly clichéd) beginning, Baur has helped get landmark farm animal protection laws passed in a number of states including California and Michigan. The group's shelters in Watkins Glen, New York and Orland, California offer protection for abused sheep, pigs, cows and other farm animals. Baur, a vegan himself, is the conscience of the food movement. "I think our relationship with farm animals is fundamentally one of exploitation," Baur says. "It's about whether we respect them or not."
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