Alphabetical by first name
"Raising Veg Kids: Helping Parents, Teachers, and Others Understand How to Best Help Raise the Most Conscious Kids"

Andy Mars
is an expert in raising veg kids and an expert in raising kids in general.  He is a Ph.D. in Education who is highly sought after for parent education sessions, teacher training seminars, and helping children directly.  He has been vegan for over thirty years, has served on the Board of Trustees of The American Vegan Society for over a quarter of a century, was a founding member of PCRM as well as Earthsave, and he is the founder and director of the Kids Make A Difference foundation.  He has raised veg kids, runs the Veg Kids organization that helps veg kids connect with other veg kids, and is in the midst of running the 21st summer of the Camp Exploration totally vegan camp programs for kids. VeganCamp.org  VegKids.org

Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy. A fascinating overview of the economic forces and consequences of animal food production.

David Robinson Simon is a Los Angeles-based lawyer, an animal advocate, and the author of Meatonomics:How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much, and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter (Conari Press, 2013). He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. He is currently representing animal activists and advocacy organizations in four lawsuits against animal abusers and the venues that house them. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. For more information, visit: www.meatonomics.com.
Jeffrey M. Smith, International best-selling author and filmmaker; Executive Director, Institute of Responsible Technology and leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs.

photo: Mark Seliger

The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith's meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation's top food safety priority. Mr. Smith’s feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Described as a “life-changer” and seen by millions world-wide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced. His books include: Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, which is the world’s bestseller on GMOs; and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which is the authoritative work on GMO health dangers. An admired keynote speaker , Mr. Smith has lectured in 37 countries, counseled leaders from every continent, and has been quoted by hundreds of media outlets including: The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC World Service, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, The Times (London), Associated Press, Reuters News Service, LA Times, and Time Magazine. Also a popular guest, he appears on influential radio shows and television programs, such as the BBC, NPR, Fox News, Democracy Now, and the Dr. Oz Show. He is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a leading source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. IRT’s educational programs are driving the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs, which is already starting to push genetically engineered ingredients out of the market in the US. Mr. Smith lives in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Animal emotions and why they matter:
It's a matter of who we choose to eat Not what we choose to eat

Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior and in 2009 he was presented with the Saint Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland (New Zealand) SPCA. Marc has published more than 800 scientific and popular essays and twenty-five books including Minding Animals, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), The  Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals. The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation, Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears, and two editions of the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, and the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Rewilding Our Hearts will be published in October 2014. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners as part of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program. His websites are marcbekoff.com and, with Jane Goodall, www.ethologicalethics.org.




Moving from the Margins to the Mainstream: Veg Eating in America
Photo Credit: Matt Reese

Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. Shapiro's work has helped enact farm animal protection laws in California, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, Colorado, Oregon, and Ohio. He's also worked with dozens of companies, including some of the world's top retailers, to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. He founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives such as the successful effort to end the use of the misleading "Animal Care Certified" logo on battery cage egg cartons nationwide. Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast, and online news sources as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.

Be a Happy, Healthy Vegan: 8 Tips to Guarantee Success

Staying happy and healthy as a vegan is easy when you know just a little bit about nutrition and about how to maximize the joys and meet the challenges of a vegan lifestyle.  In this presentation you’ll hear eight simple tips for meeting nutrient needs, conquering cravings, keeping meal-planning fast and simple, and finding the best resources for vegans.

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD

Ginny is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. She writes and speaks about vegetarian and vegan diets for both the public and health professionals.

Ginny is co-author of three books on vegan nutrition, Vegan for Life, Vegan for Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan. She also co-authored the first vegetarian textbook for health professionals The Dietitians’ Guide to Vegetarian Diets. Her papers on vegetarian and soy nutrition have been published in scientific and medical journals, and she has twice co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position on Vegetarian Diets. She also writes two columns on current research findings for a newsletter published for vegetarian RDs, and serves as a technical advisor in the development of vegetarian nutrition materials.

Ginny taught nutrition to dietetics students at Central Michigan University, was a dietitian for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and was director of nutrition services for the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.

She lives in Port Townsend, Washington with her husband and an ever-changing population of rescued cats. Ginny blogs at TheVeganRD.com and is TheVeganRD on twitter, facebook, and pinterest.
The World Peace Diet
Dr. Will Tuttle, author, educator, pianist, and composer, has lectured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training programs. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. A former Zen monk and a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition, as well as a 30-year vegan, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening, and has created 7 CD albums of original piano music. Traveling full-time with his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, in their solar-paneled rolling home, he presents over 150 lectures, retreats, workshops, and concerts annually. See http://worldpeacediet.org for more details.

Dr. Will Tuttle reveals crucial and empowering information that has been--until now--almost completely concealed. His book, the best-selling The World Peace Diet, has been heralded as the harbinger of a new world where peace, freedom, wellness, and harmony are actually possible, and in it, he elucidates the hidden keys to positive individual and social transformation. We will explore the unrecognized connections between our culturally mandated meals and our broad range of problems—psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. Dr. Tuttle offers powerful ways we can all experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive evolution of human consciousness.

“I've never seen an audience so attentive and enraptured as when Will Tuttle speaks.”
-Tench Phillips, president, Art Repertory Films, Norfolk, VA

“Use The World Peace Diet as a guide to empower yourselves and others in making dietary choices that are powerful beyond what you can possibly imagine.”
-Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist and noted author

“A profoundly insightful and important book, The World Peace Diet is sure to be a catalyst and powerful tool in the evolution of human consciousness.”
-Satya Magazine

“The World Peace Diet is one of the most provocative books I’ve ever read. This is a deep book, aglow with insights that penetrate and expose the complacency of a culture that has strayed painfully far from compassion.”
- John Robbins, noted author

Will’s books and CDs are available afterwards (& Madeleine’s art).

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