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Peace for Pigs (REBROADCAST)

6/5/2019
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"When creatures don't have an extraordinary beauty, it's because the person in contact with them is not seeing it," said pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell, whose poem about pigs ends this episode. It's not an easy episode, but nothing worth talking about ever is. From Original Broadcast: Today’s episode is dedicated to pigs – how wonderful they are, how we misrepresent them, and what affect our perception of them has on our treatment of them. Pigs are exploited and used by...

Duration:00:29:03

Summer is Coming: A Food for Thought Update

4/25/2019
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Just coming up for air as I finish re-writes and edits on The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs. Here are some updates with light at the end of the tunnel. RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN THE BOOK! Become a patron at $20/month or more, and your name will be printed in The Joyful Vegan as my thanks to you!

Duration:00:14:29

Lethal Gifts of Livestock (REBROADCAST)

4/19/2019
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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 just a few: we got tuberculosis from cattle, influenza from pigs and birds, whooping cough from pigs and dogs, smallpox from cattle, and of course cowpox from cows. Even...

Duration:00:42:50

I’m Not Evil, and Neither Are You: Tribalism, Ideology, and a Call for Compassion

3/14/2019
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There’s a presumption among some vegans that if you’re vegan, you’re also liberal, socialist, atheist, feminist, intersectionalist, progressive, and leftist, that you’re pro-choice, anti-vaccine, anti-GMO’s — and that if you’re not any or all of these things and everything that they entail, you’re unwelcome — or at least you don’t belong. Or that you’re an imposter. Or that you welcome oppression. We are living in a time when group loyalty and identity politics are valued more than...

Duration:01:03:59

The Taming of the Cattle (REBROADCAST)

2/27/2019
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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, trace their fateful encounter with humans (leading to the extinction of their ancestors), document our use of them as instruments of cruel...

Duration:00:31:16

Are Avocados, Almonds, and Figs Vegan?

1/24/2019
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The world lit up on fire with stories (from vegans and non-vegans, including on the BBC TV show QI) that these plants — and more — are "not vegan" because of the way they're pollinated. Listen to this episode for my thoughts. (JoyfulVegan.com)

Duration:00:35:04

Vegan in France (+ Switzerland, too!)

1/8/2019
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Starting in Paris, then moving onto Alsace (which included day trips to Germany and Switzerland), then back to France to the Normandy region and a stop-over in the Swiss Alps, our recent travels is the focus of this travel edition, giving you ideas of enjoying your own European vegan vacation, whether you go on your own or as part of a CPG Vegan Trip.

Duration:01:19:03

Vegan Travel Around the World

11/23/2018
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CPG Vegan Trips creates one-of-a-kind travel experiences with a focus on the interest and needs of adventurous and compassionate vegans and their vegan-friendly friends and family members. It's all about the food, the animals, the wildlife, the sanctuaries, and the small details and experiences that shape life-long memories. Here's what's coming up in 2019, 2020, and 2021, so start packing! www.CPGVeganTrips.com

Duration:00:23:31

The Vegan Police: How to Speak Up for Animals Without Talking Down to People (REBROADCAST)

10/28/2018
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A small subset of opinionated, passionate, well-intentioned people perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, self-righteous, perfection-focused animal rights vegan when they spew invective at anyone who is not "vegan enough" in their eyes. They are otherwise known as The Vegan Police. Listen to today's episode for my perspective on how we can speak up for animals — online and in person — without alienating people who are trying to make compassionate choices. SUPPORTERS make this podcast...

Duration:00:21:41

Is Palm Oil Vegan? Should Vegans Eat Palm Oil? (REBROADCAST)

10/19/2018
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Raising cattle for beef is the number one cause of the destruction of rainforests and global warming, but today we're going to talk about palm oil. Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. With good intentions, some vegans have called for a boycott of Earth Balance, a vegan butter that uses palm oil as its primary fat, even though it doesn't source its palm from native orangutan habitats. Is...

Duration:00:42:08

Vegan at Work: When Your Job Conflicts with Your Ethics (REBROADCAST)

10/8/2018
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It’s one thing to opt out of eating animal products at home and in our personal lives, but what about adhering to our values in the trickier, grayer areas of our lives, such as in the workplace? What if you work for a software company and you’re put on a project to build a website for a fishing company? What if you work in a restaurant and have to serve meat? What if you work in a job that requires you to cook meat? These are real scenarios for many people, and the answer isn’t to “stop...

Duration:00:59:50

Are Oysters Vegan? (REBROADCAST)

9/28/2018
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I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are “basically plants.” No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would you stop eating cows? Support this listener-sponsored podcast.

Duration:00:59:50

Masculinity and Meat: Re-Defining What Makes a “Real Man” (REBROADCAST)

9/27/2018
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There is a prevailing myth in our culture, played out in our language and in marketing, that meat is masculine and plant foods are for wimps. Meat is a metaphor for strength, virility, and manliness, while vegetarianism/veganism is feminine, effeminate, and even emasculating. “Real Men Eat Meat” and “Tofu is Gay Meat” are just two examples of advertisements that perpetuate this myth and secure it in our consciousness. Studies show it’s working. Join me for a meaty episode that will shake...

Duration:00:59:50

What's Wrong with Eggs if Chickens Don't Have to Be Killed? (REBROADCAST)

9/6/2018
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However much we want to believe it, hens don’t produce eggs because they figured out they were good binding ingredients for baked goods. Products of a chicken's reproductive cycle, eggs are simply the waste produced when they go unfertilized. Not as appetizing as what the egg industry tells us. What else are we not being told? Your support makes this podcast run. Thank you for being a listener supporter. Please do so at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

Duration:00:59:53

Vegan Travel: Vietnam

8/15/2018
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Rich in history, sophisticated cuisine, stunning scenery, pulsating cities, fascinating culture, Vietnam is consistently rated one of the top best countries to visit, and today I take you on a journey to this beautiful place. Today's focus is food (plant-based, of course), animal protection, nature, and culture. I let you know what animal and conservation organizations to visit and support, what to avoid in terms of animal cruelty and exploitation, and how to make the most of your trip —...

Duration:01:18:43

Zero Waste, Vegan, and Living with Cats

7/11/2018
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In today's episode I share with you the ways I try to reduce the ecological footprint of living with cats from a zero-waste perspective. I cover toys/enrichment, food, and litter!

Duration:00:59:50

Food Waste (Part 3) — Make Soil Not Trash: The Ins and Outs of Composting

6/7/2018
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Wherever you live — whether in a house or an apartment, whether you have outdoor access or not, whether you garden or not — you will get SOMETHING out of this episode. (WARNING: I get pretty excited about composting!) This episode covers EVERYTHING you need to know: what type of bin to use, where to place it, what to fill it with, what not to fill it with — basically how to reduce the outrageous 40% of food we waste in our homes. Podcast supporters receive transcripts of the podcast as well...

Duration:01:29:19

Food Waste (Part 2) — Food is Not Garbage

4/22/2018
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Zero waste is not about waste DIVERSION; it's about waste PREVENTION! We (vegans and non-vegans) throw away 40% of the food we bring into our homes — leading to greenhouse gas emissions in landfills, waste money, human / animal conflicts, and squandered resources. 🌺 On this Earth Day, I give you Part 2 of the series on food waste, offering a number of solutions for preventing food waste in our own lives. Supporters receive transcripts and bonus materials!

Duration:01:14:05

Food Waste (Part 1): How Animal Products Hinder Zero Waste Goals

3/23/2018
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We can't talk about Zero Waste living without talking about the big picture: the amount of food that gets wasted at the front end of the food chain: during production, harvest, and processing. And we can't talk about Zero Waste living unless we face the fact that the highest food losses are associated with livestock production. Listen to Part One to find out how there is nothing Zero Waste about garbage. (The original meaning of the word garbage had to do with "the bowels and body parts of a...

Duration:00:40:05

Zero Waste: It Ain't About Recycling

3/8/2018
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In this first episode about my zero waste journey, I share the principles that have absolutely changed my thinking and way of living. Zero Waste is not simply about my making YouTube videos about how to make zero-waste almond milk (though I will do that!), it's a way of thinking that profoundly changes our approach to resources and production, going beyond "waste diversion" and striving to ensure that products are designed to be repaired, refurbished, and reused, creating a circular economy...

Duration:01:06:40