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.
Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.
With good intentions, some activists 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 it possible to source palm oil sustainably? For that matter, is it possible to source any historically unsustainable crop in a sustainable way?
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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...more
What Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author, speaker, and joyful vegan does to inspire and empower people to live healthfully, compassionately, and sustainably.more
In his famous “Autobiography,” published posthumously in 1793, Benjamin Franklin recounts his experience following a vegetarian diet when he was 16 years old. Having read Thomas Tryon’s 1691 book “The Way to Health,” which extolls the many benefits of a “vegetable diet,” Franklin found that it promoted “greater clearness of head and quicker apprehension.”
Several years later, he stopped being vegetarian while sailing from Boston and explains why:
“Hitherto I had stuck to my Resolution of not eating animal Food; and on this Occasion, I consider’d with my Master Tryon, the taking of every Fish as a kind of unprovoked Murder, since none of them had or ever could do us any...more
Skepticism tends to shadow pro-vegan articles, leaving readers declaring that the author/source was “biased” or had a “vegan agenda,” thus casting doubt on the reliability and accuracy of the information. It’s rare for a pro-meat (or pro-dairy/pro-egg) article to garner the same response, even when it’s an advertisement or marketing copy. The fact is everything we read comes from someone’s perspective: vegans have a vegan bias, and meat-eaters have a meat-eating bias, but because the latter matches the dominant culture/status quo, it takes on an air of neutrality.
Bullying and bashing have made vegans afraid to openly embrace their “vegan agenda,” lest it make them appear biased.
I’m here to say clearly and unabashedly that I’ve got an agenda: it’s to stop violence against of billions and billions of animals. It’s to empower people to make informed food choices so they experience optimal wellness – in body, mind, spirit, and community. It’s to share the joys and benefits of living such a life.
It’s true: I have an agenda. It’s called compassion. It’s true – I...more
I'm so grateful for the number of people I've been able to touch through my work. I receive countless emails from people who tell me it has changed their lives and leaves them feeling empowered, supported, motivated, and inspired. With your support, I can continue - and do even more! Plus, there are fantastic rewards for you beyond knowing you're making a compassionate world possible.