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  • Effects of Plant-Based Diets on Plasma Lipids
    Hope Ferdowsian and Neal Barnard, American Journal of Cardiology, 2009Large prospective trials have demonstrated that populations following plant-based diets, particularly vegetarian and vegan diets, are at lower risk for ischemic heart disease mortality.
  • A Low-Fat Vegan Diet and a Conventional Diabetes Diet in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized, Controlled, 74-wk Clinical Trial
    Neal Barnard, Joshua Cohen, David Jenkins, Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Lise Gloede, Amber Green and Hope Ferdowsian, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009In an analysis controlling for medication changes, a low-fat vegan diet appeared to improve glycemia and plasma lipids more than did conventional diabetes diet recommendations.
  • James Gandolfini Did Not Die of Natural Causes
    Neal Barnard, Huffington Post, June 24, 2013Meat-heavy diets are strongly linked with obesity and heart disease. Eating meat increases the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, according to a 2012 study from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dairy products are the No. 1 source of saturated fat in the U.S. diet, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Five Ways to Save Billions—and Boost the Nation’s Health
    Neal Barnard, Huffington Post, July 29, 2011In contrast to federal nutrition guidelines that emphasize healthful vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, federal subsidies go in the opposite direction, supporting meat, dairy products, and sugar.
  • Breaking the Food Seduction
    Neal Barnard, ProMedica, September 22, 2011Barnard discusses his book, Breaking the Food Seduction.

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  • Vegan America Is Closer Than You Think
    Gene Baur, Huffington Post, July 1, 2011Heart disease and cancer are the nation's top killers, and the risks of both can be reduced by eating plants instead of animal products. Removing meat, milk and eggs from the menu also prevents animal suffering and goes a long way toward lightening our environmental footprint.
  • 5 Questions with Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur
    Bryan Walsh, Time, May 27, 2011Time magazine talks to Baur about his proudest accomplishments during his 25-year tenure at Farm Sanctuary, the next animal rights initiative it plans to back and what it’ll take to get the vegan movement to stick.
  • Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary
    Kiss Me I’m Vegan interviews Gene Baur, May 22, 2010As a vegan, I feel good about my food choices and am glad that they are aligned with my values and interests.
  • Plate to Planet Video Series: Gene Baur on the Environment
    Gene Baur, platetoplanet.orgThe way we eat has profound consequences, not just for our own health, but for the environment and for animals.
  • Educational Literature
    Farm SanctuaryLinks to educational resources from the Farm Sanctuary.


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  • Would We Be Healthier with a Vegan Diet?
    T. Colin Campbell and Nancy Rodriguez, Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2012Campbell argues that a vegan diet is healthier than diets that include meat and dairy products, while Rodriguez says it's healthy to eat meat and dairy products as part of a balanced diet that includes each of the major food groups.
  • Are Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Healthy?
    Marion Nestle, The Daily Green, February 8, 2010A meat-eating nutritionist offers a balanced take on vegan and vegetarian diets.
  • Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic through Plant-Based Nutrition
    Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr, Preventive Cardiology, 2001Compelling data from nutritional studies, population surveys, and interventional studies supports the effectiveness of a plant-based diet and aggressive lipid-lowering to arrest, prevent, and selectively reverse heart disease.
  • UN Urges Global Move to Meat and Dairy-Free Diet
    Felicity Carus, The Guardian, June 2, June 2010Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.
  • The Ethics of Eating
    Peter Singer, Project Syndicate, June 14, 2006Concern about how we treat farm animals is far from being limited to the small percentage of people who are vegetarians or even vegans – eating no animal products at all.

  • 8 Fatty Foods with Health Benefits
    Jeff Volek and Adam Campbell, Men’s HealthUnlike most nutritionists, we also say go ahead and eat both the dark meat and the skin.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
    USDA, 2010According to the USDA, a healthy eating pattern emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and beverages—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds.
  • Meat Eating vs. Vegetarian or Vegan Diets
    Simon Fairlie, Permaculture, August 31, 2010In short, livestock have a role to play in nature just like plants and minerals, and therefore they have a role in a well-balanced permaculture system.
  • Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat
    Michael Ruhlman, May 29, 2012To give up eating what made us who we are possibly endangers us genetically and socially.
  • Should Humans Eat Meat? [Book Excerpt]
    Vaclav Smil, May 2013The author’s vision of ‘rational meat eating,’ where environmental and health impacts are reduced, animals are treated more humanely, and alternative sources of protein make a higher contribution.
  • Sorry, Vegans: Eating Meat and Cooking Food Is How Humans Got Their Big Brains
    Christopher Wanjek, Live Science, November 26, 2012Eating meat and cooking food made us human, enabling the brains of our prehuman ancestors to grow dramatically over a few million years.