Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. Welcome to her website.

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Listen to Colleen's Recent NPR / KQED Radio Editorial

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(Originally published as an op-ed in The Oakland Tribune / Contra Costa Times.)

Via the newly signed Farm Bill, the Obama administration is offering $100 million to bail out the livestock industry.

California residents are told to turn the tap off when brushing our teeth, foraging animals are having trouble finding food, and some communities may run out of water altogether.

But the livestock industry -- which brings animals into the world only to kill them -- will go on.

This despite the fact that a single cow can drink up to 23 gallons of water daily and that it takes 1,600 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, compared with 100 gallons for a pound of wheat.

This despite the fact that millions of additional gallons of water are used to irrigate...

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"I CAUGHT A VEGAN BEING IMPERFECT" COMMENT OF THE DAY

A gentleman on the KQED website in response to my latest radio editorial/Perspective called Meat, Milk, and Butter for Vegans. He wrote, "Agriculture has in fact a greater brutality to the life sustaining life forms under the soil. In fact, tilling for agriculture causes a great deal of horrific and unnatural environments. Unless of course you only consume "no-till" vegan diet, I question the non-cruelty aspect to only mammals, fish and poultry."

MY RESPONSE: The problem is that you are operating under the false premise that being vegan is about being perfect or pure, that it's an end in itself rather than a MEANS to an end. Sadly, I think some vegans and activists have perpetuated this misconception. For me, being vegan is a means to preventing violence against animals where we have the power to do so. And though it's an imperfect world and I'm an imperfect person, there is so much we can do to achieve this end. Just because we can't...

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One of the most pervasive myths that shapes people’s perception about being vegan is that it’s about limitation and restriction. Yet, millions of people resist learning the truth about how the animals are bred, kept, and killed for human consumption. “Don’t tell me about how the animals are treated,” they say.” “I don’t want to know. I don’t want to see. I don’t want to look.” I find this ironic, because it freely admits a willingness to limit knowledge and awareness and to restrict compassion and truth. To my mind, choosing ignorance over awareness is a much more restrictive and limiting way to live than being willing to look and to learn the truth.

Every time we say, “Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know,” we limit the potential for growth, for change, for making possible everything we want to be and everything we want this world to be. So we walk around with blinders on, complacent in our comfort zones because we’re afraid to change. To me, that’s limiting. That’s restrictive.

Truthfully, I think people try to avoid knowing about how animals suffer not simply...

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Author, speaker, and joyful vegan Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses the violence inherent in a system that is built on killing living beings day in and day out.

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What Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author, speaker, and joyful vegan does to inspire and empower people to live healthfully, compassionately, and sustainably.

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