Every vegan has a story of “why” they decided to be vegan. In my own life I went vegan for health reasons. As I detailed previously I was hoping being vegan would help cure some health issues I have. Veganism did make me feel better, but it did not grant me perfect health. It did, however, open my mind to being more compassionate towards animals. I am a life long animal lover, but once I stopped eating animals I looked at cows and pigs with a different lens. You can’t look into a cow’s face and not see the similarities with your dog.
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After being vegan for a few months I decided to sponsor an animal at Farm Sanctuary. I have been so impressed with their approach to veganism. Their focus is on being gentle and kind to animals, the planet and yourself. That gentle spirit fills Gene Baur’s new book: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. Gene Baur co-founded Farm Sanctuary in 1986. What started as a small rescue in Wilmington Deleware is now an organization caring for hundreds of rescued farm animals at 3 shelters across the United States. Gene’s book gives more insight into Farm Sanctuary and why people should consider living more consciously.
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Living the Farm Sanctuary Life shares stories about individual animals, which I think are essential in helping people see the importance of being vegan. It is this ability that makes Farm Sanctuary so powerful. They have a focus on “someone, not something“. It is easy to be overwhelmed with how all animals suffer and then disconnect. But when you read the story of Emma, Flo, or Carlee you see the animals as individual beings that are not very different from the pets we love.
(photo credit: Farm Sanctuary)
Aside from the stories of individual animals, Gene shares the “Five Tenets of Farm Sanctuary Living“. These tenets cover being kind to your own body, kind to animals and kind to the planet. He offers excellent insight into how veganism can improve your health, without any overblown claims of perfect health. I particularly enjoyed the information on veganism’s benefit to the environment. I haven’t spent much time researching how being vegan helps the planet so it was a great chance to learn more about the environmental impact.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also offers over 100 vegan recipes written by a wide variety of well known vegan chefs, and Gene himself. The recipes are an excellent combination of very simple to fine dining meals. I tried the Savory Crepes and the Orange-Basil Green Smoothie for lunch one afternoon. I didn’t make the filling for the crepes, just the crepes themselves with truffle oil. They were delicious. Other recipes I’m looking forward to making include: Grilled Thai Cabbage Salad, Just Mayo Chickpea Salad Sandwiches, Truffled Popcorn, Queso Dip, Twice Baked Potatoes, Agave Lime Grilled Tofu and Aloo Mattar.
I really enjoyed Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, even as a long time vegan. Books like Gene’s are a wonderful reminder of why I am vegan and why I am raising my son as a vegan. Whether you are just considering eating less meat or a longtime vegan I highly encourage anyone to read the book and learn more about Farm Sanctuary.
If you would like to hear more from Gene Baur himself please check out his interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show: