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 2017 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.