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Gene Baur

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Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. Gene’s latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, was published by Rodale in April 2015. He also authored Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, which received praise from well-known animal advocates Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Temple Grandin, and Moby. He has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lectures for the 2018 Cruise

Keynote Lecture: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
Based on advice from his bestselling book, Gene discusses the 5 tenets of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, which include living in alignment with our values and interests and developing mutually beneficial relationships with people, animals and the environment. The presentation explores how individuals can be effective forces of change and compassion wherever they are on their personal journeys.

Lecture: Kindness on Your Plate
This presentation gently exposes the disconnect that exists between the food on our plates and the conditions in which animals live and die to satisfy consumer demand. Gene provides insight into the principle that these sentient individuals are someone, not something, and discusses how we can make alternative choices that are more aligned with our own humanity and compassionate values and don’t cause unnecessary harm.

Lecture: Veganism 101
Gene provides his perspective on what it means to be vegan, which he defines as an aspiration to live as kindly as possible. He explores topics including animal welfare, human health, environmental sustainability, and common questions and misconceptions about a plant-based lifestyle. This is a great introduction for those who are curious about the positive attributes associated with a vegan lifestyle and interested in applying practical tips to easily and joyfully embark on this journey.

Panel Discussion: Growing the Vegan and Plant-Based Community with Gene Baur, Melissa Karpel, Robert Cheeke and James Aspey
This panel will explore how various organizations and thought leaders are spreading the word about veganism, plant-based diets and the associated lifestyles. Panelists will discuss how activism, community organizing, events, and online and social media have been used to grow the vegan and plant-based community over the last decade. The discussion will explore ways that larger organizations are building communities as well as suggestions and ideas for the audience to get involved in the movement to influence their family, friends and local community to embrace veganism and plant-based diets. We will also discuss the challenges that can come from promoting diets and lifestyles that push back against the mainstream American diet and lifestyle.

Q&A Panel: Animal Rights Leadership with animal rights advocates Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA; Dr. Neal Barnard, president of PCRM; former Humane Society director Dr. Jonathan Balcombe and Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary, moderated by Melissa Karpel
Knowing what’s going on is the best ammunition in the quest for animal protection and animal liberation. Ignorance is industry’s greatest weapon, and spreading the facts will bring exploitative systems crashing to the ground. Join our knowledgeable panel to learn about the plight of animals used in the entertainment, experimentation, clothing, meat and dairy industries and how society is responding to the increasingly large and powerful message of the animal rights movement.

Books by Gene Baur

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