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I've got a lot to say, and I do so in various mediums, including my books, National Public Radio (for whom I'm a contributor), articles, and essays. Read my writings here.

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I had the pleasure and thrill I've seeing this film in the theater during its limited theatrical release. I have since seen it twice more after downloading the digital version from its official website.

It's so exciting to be able to share the film with you now that it is available for purchase (via DVD or download). As many of my readers and listeners know, I believe that art and film have the power and ability to transform the viewer in unanticipated way, and this film does so on many levels.

I first heard about this film through a review on Criterion's website, and I jumped at the chance to see it in the theatre -- still my favorite way to see films. I'm so looking forward to sharing my review of it in the next Food for Thought podcast, this Sunday September 6th, 2015.

So, be sure to get a copy of the movie, subscribe to the podcast to hear my review, and get ready for an engrossing, powerful, and...

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If you're committed to recycling, reducing, and reusing, then it's time to commit to REFILLING!

If you live in the United States, where we have the safest drinking water on the planet, then it's time to REFILL! If you care about the animals, the ocean, the Earth...it's time to make a change.

Disposable plastic water bottles are wreaking havoc on the environment with no benefits to humans -- other than feeding our desire for convenience.

OIL USE: About 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.

WATER WASTE: About three liters of water are used to package one liter of bottled water. This does not include the fuel used to transport the product to market.

LANDFILLS: About one in five disposable water bottles are recycled, which means about 80 percent of the disposable single-use bottles used in the U.S. wind up in landfills.

HIGH COST: If you strive to consume the recommended eight glasses of water per day, it costs about 50 cents per year for tap...

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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? In today's episode, I weigh in on this issue and offer some food for thought.

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Please enjoy this compilation of editorials I've written and recorded over the years for my local national public radio station. With over 10 2-minute episodes heard back to back, you'll enjoy topics such as urban livestock, caring for hurt or injured dogs and cats, choosing a turkey-free Thanksgiving, the violence inherent in slaugherhouses and how it affects the workers, shark fin and foie gras bans, animal abuse in Ancient Rome and today, and lots more! For the animals...enjoy!

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I just returned from one of my favorite places in the world - Italy. I love it for its people (proud to say Italian blood runs through my veins!), its natural beauty, its language, its art, its history, its music, and its food. In "Vegan in Italy" (from my Food for Thought podcast), I share the details of our first international “Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau” trip. We ate, we drank, we hiked, we cooked, we toured, we laughed, we cavorted, we met animals, and we reveled in the wonder of this country. By the end of the episode, you’ll be wondering why anyone every thought it is “hard to be vegan in Italy.” After all, that’s where the edible food is!

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In today's episode, I share with you a number of recent scenarios I found myself in where I had the opportunity to represent veganism and chose (choose) to do so in a positive way, whether it's ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant, dropping the "v" word into a non-vegan conversation, or meeting a friend of a friend who is on the Paleo (Pasturbation) diet. I also include a number of "What Would Colleen Do?" phone calls, including one that asks what I (as a vegan) feed my cats, one that asks about how to "be the vegan in the room" - or rather "in the workplace" - from a woman starting a new job, and one from a caller who wants to know how to engage with her mother, who has just been diagnosed with cancer and does want to hear about how a plant-based diet might help.

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Today's episode focuses on the fourth stage of what happens when you stop eating animals: Evangelizing (Vegangelizing?). Join me as I talk about the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing and why we can - and should - fully embrace the true meaning of what it means to be an evangelizer, or a "messenger of good news." Sharing our enthusiasm for something we are excited about is a very natural, human reaction. How other people respond to it is an entirely different story. I also include a couple of "What Would Colleen Do?" phone calls.

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When you tell people you’re vegan, often the question that follows is: “Are you vegan for health or ethics?” and depending on your answer, people may respond differently. Also, it’s become very popular to distinguish between “plant-based” and “vegan” to the degree that some people avoid calling themselves “vegan” to avoid being stereotyped and others call vegans “plant-based” as a way to insult you if you’re not living up to their vegan standards. Here’s my point of view.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Translate + caption this video into other languages: http://bit.ly/1H4DWJQ

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When you tell people you’re vegan, often the question that follows is: “Are you vegan for health or ethics?” and depending on your answer, people may respond differently. Also, it’s become very popular to distinguish between “plant-based” and “vegan” to the degree that some people avoid calling themselves “vegan” to avoid being stereotyped and others call vegans “plant-based” as a way to insult you if you’re not living up to their vegan standards.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Translate + caption this video into other languages: http://bit.ly/1H4DWJQ

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