Food For Thought: The Joys And Benefits Of Living Vegan


Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at


  • Is Wildlife Tourism Good or Bad for Animals?

    Is Wildlife Tourism Good or Bad for Animals?

    28/08/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    There has been such a proliferation of such terms as "eco-tourism," "wildlife tourism," and "sustainable tourism" that one wonders what is legitimate and what is just greenwashing. But is there such a thing as wildlife tourism; i.e. paying to see wild animals in their homes, without contributing to exploitation, such as going on a safari in Botswana or a mountain gorilla trek in Rwanda? Today's episode answers that question. Thank you to listener-supporters. Become a listener supporter at 

  • Confessions of a Level-5 Zero Waste Vegan

    Confessions of a Level-5 Zero Waste Vegan

    20/07/2019 Duration: 57min

    Remember when Lisa Simpson proudly declared to her eco-warrior idol that she was vegetarian? He poo-pooed her. When she said she was thinking of becoming vegan, he haughtily responded that he "doesn't eat anything that casts a shadow" and declared that he was a "Level 5 Vegan." When she said she started an organic compost pile at home, he said, "Just at home? You mean you don't pocket-mulch??" While at one time I was able to identify with poor Lisa, I now fear I've crossed the line. Hear my confession, and take from it what you will.

  • Peace for Pigs (REBROADCAST)

    Peace for Pigs (REBROADCAST)

    05/06/2019 Duration: 29min

    "When creatures don't have an extraordinary beauty, it's because the person in contact with them is not seeing it," said pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell, whose poem about pigs ends this episode. It's not an easy episode, but nothing worth talking about ever is.  From Original Broadcast:  Today’s episode is dedicated to pigs – how wonderful they are, how we misrepresent them, and what affect our perception of them has on our treatment of them. Pigs are exploited and used by humans in a variety of ways: as research tools, as “food animals,” in high school science classes, as entertainment in a blood sport called “hog-baiting” or “hog dogging,” as victims of hunting and the cycle of violence inherent in slaughterhouses. Even our language about them contributes to our abuse of them. Take a listen, share, and let me know what you think.  Today's episode, like all episodes, is brought to you by listeners like you. Become a supporter today at

  • Summer is Coming: A Food for Thought Update

    Summer is Coming: A Food for Thought Update

    25/04/2019 Duration: 14min

    Just coming up for air as I finish re-writes and edits on The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs. Here are some updates with light at the end of the tunnel.  RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN THE BOOK! Become a patron at $20/month or more, and your name will be printed in The Joyful Vegan as my thanks to you!

  • Lethal Gifts of Livestock (REBROADCAST)

    Lethal Gifts of Livestock (REBROADCAST)

    19/04/2019 Duration: 42min

    Being animals ourselves, it makes sense that we share many of the same diseases as our non-human cousins. We aren’t – after all – plants. We aren’t at risk for catching aphids or sooty mold or downy mildew. In fact, many of the major killer pandemics we’ve been plagued with were acquired from non-human animals. Here are just a few: we got tuberculosis from cattle, influenza from pigs and birds, whooping cough from pigs and dogs, smallpox from cattle, and of course cowpox from cows. Even HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is believed to have been first transmitted to humans through the butchering and consumption of infected chimpanzees. It is our very consumption of animals and their products that has bestowed upon us what Guns, Germs, and Steel author Jared Diamond calls the “lethal gifts of livestock.” Our abuse of nature comes full-circle and at a heavy price for both the consumer and the consumed. Listen. 

  • I’m Not Evil, and Neither Are You: Tribalism, Ideology, and a Call for Compassion

    I’m Not Evil, and Neither Are You: Tribalism, Ideology, and a Call for Compassion

    14/03/2019 Duration: 01h04min

    There’s a presumption among some vegans that if you’re vegan, you’re also liberal, socialist, atheist, feminist, intersectionalist, progressive, and leftist, that you’re pro-choice, anti-vaccine, anti-GMO’s — and that if you’re not any or all of these things and everything that they entail, you’re unwelcome — or at least you don’t belong. Or that you’re an imposter. Or that you welcome oppression.  We are living in a time when group loyalty and identity politics are valued more than reason, critical thinking, tolerance for another point of view, and compassion. And it scares the bejesus out of me. Today's episode is (yet another) call for compassion. Listen to Food for Thought Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or⁣⠀

  • The Taming of the Cattle (REBROADCAST)

    The Taming of the Cattle (REBROADCAST)

    27/02/2019 Duration: 31min

    Though we tend to forget, cattle (cows, bulls, and steers) did exist first as wild animals before humans began domesticating them for our own purposes. Before we got our hands on them and turned them into a commodity for human gain, what was their history? What was their background? What is their ancestry? Today I explore the answers to these questions, trace their fateful encounter with humans (leading to the extinction of their ancestors), document our use of them as instruments of cruel entertainment, and draw the connections between our contact with cattle and the many deadly diseases that continue to plague humans today. Listeners make this podcast possible:

  • Are Avocados, Almonds, and Figs Vegan?

    Are Avocados, Almonds, and Figs Vegan?

    24/01/2019 Duration: 35min

    The world lit up on fire with stories (from vegans and non-vegans, including on the BBC TV show QI) that these plants — and more — are "not vegan" because of the way they're pollinated. Listen to this episode for my thoughts. (

  • Vegan in France (+ Switzerland, too!)

    Vegan in France (+ Switzerland, too!)

    08/01/2019 Duration: 01h19min

    Starting in Paris, then moving onto Alsace (which included day trips to Germany and Switzerland), then back to France to the Normandy region and a stop-over in the Swiss Alps, our recent travels is the focus of this travel edition, giving you ideas of enjoying your own European vegan vacation, whether you go on your own or as part of a CPG Vegan Trip.  

  • Vegan Travel Around the World

    Vegan Travel Around the World

    23/11/2018 Duration: 23min

    CPG Vegan Trips creates one-of-a-kind travel experiences with a focus on the interest and needs of adventurous and compassionate vegans and their vegan-friendly friends and family members. It's all about the food, the animals, the wildlife, the sanctuaries, and the small details and experiences that shape life-long memories. Here's what's coming up in 2019, 2020, and 2021, so start packing!

  • The Vegan Police: How to Speak Up for Animals Without Talking Down to People (REBROADCAST)

    The Vegan Police: How to Speak Up for Animals Without Talking Down to People (REBROADCAST)

    28/10/2018 Duration: 22min

    A small subset of opinionated, passionate, well-intentioned people perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, self-righteous, perfection-focused animal rights vegan when they spew invective at anyone who is not "vegan enough" in their eyes. They are otherwise known as The Vegan Police. Listen to today's episode for my perspective on how we can speak up for animals — online and in person — without alienating people who are trying to make compassionate choices. SUPPORTERS make this podcast possible. Thank you!

  • Is Palm Oil Vegan? Should Vegans Eat Palm Oil? (REBROADCAST)

    Is Palm Oil Vegan? Should Vegans Eat Palm Oil? (REBROADCAST)

    19/10/2018 Duration: 42min

    Raising cattle for beef is the number one cause of the destruction of rainforests and global warming, but today we're going to talk about palm oil. Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. With good intentions, some vegans 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. Not a supporter? Change that today:

  • Vegan at Work: When Your Job Conflicts with Your Ethics (REBROADCAST)

    Vegan at Work: When Your Job Conflicts with Your Ethics (REBROADCAST)

    09/10/2018 Duration: 59min

    It’s one thing to opt out of eating animal products at home and in our personal lives, but what about adhering to our values in the trickier, grayer areas of our lives, such as in the workplace? What if you work for a software company and you’re put on a project to build a website for a fishing company? What if you work in a restaurant and have to serve meat? What if you work in a job that requires you to cook meat? These are real scenarios for many people, and the answer isn’t to “stop being vegan” because things are complicated. Take a listen to my thoughts in today’s episode of Food for Thought.  

  • Are Oysters Vegan? (REBROADCAST)

    Are Oysters Vegan? (REBROADCAST)

    29/09/2018 Duration: 59min

    I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are “basically plants.” No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would you stop eating cows? Support this listener-sponsored podcast.  

  • Masculinity and Meat: Re-Defining What Makes a “Real Man” (REBROADCAST)

    Masculinity and Meat: Re-Defining What Makes a “Real Man” (REBROADCAST)

    27/09/2018 Duration: 59min

    There is a prevailing myth in our culture, played out in our language and in marketing, that meat is masculine and plant foods are for wimps. Meat is a metaphor for strength, virility, and manliness, while vegetarianism/veganism is feminine, effeminate, and even emasculating. “Real Men Eat Meat” and “Tofu is Gay Meat” are just two examples of advertisements that perpetuate this myth and secure it in our consciousness. Studies show it’s working. Join me for a meaty episode that will shake you out of your vegetative state. If you don’t want to be a fruit, learn how you can be a beefcake. Your support makes this podcast possible. 

  • Whats Wrong with Eggs if Chickens Dont Have to Be Killed? (REBROADCAST)

    What's Wrong with Eggs if Chickens Don't Have to Be Killed? (REBROADCAST)

    06/09/2018 Duration: 59min

    However much we want to believe it, hens don’t produce eggs because they figured out they were good binding ingredients for baked goods. Products of a chicken's reproductive cycle, eggs are simply the waste produced when they go unfertilized. Not as appetizing as what the egg industry tells us. What else are we not being told? Your support makes this podcast run. Thank you for being a listener supporter. Please do so at

  • Vegan Travel: Vietnam

    Vegan Travel: Vietnam

    15/08/2018 Duration: 01h18min

    Rich in history, sophisticated cuisine, stunning scenery, pulsating cities, fascinating culture, Vietnam is consistently rated one of the top best countries to visit, and today I take you on a journey to this beautiful place. Today's focus is food (plant-based, of course), animal protection, nature, and culture. I let you know what animal and conservation organizations to visit and support, what to avoid in terms of animal cruelty and exploitation, and how to make the most of your trip — whether you go on your own or as part of a CPG Vegan Trip. Your support makes this podcast possible!

  • Zero Waste, Vegan, and Living with Cats

    Zero Waste, Vegan, and Living with Cats

    11/07/2018 Duration: 59min

    In today's episode I share with you the ways I try to reduce the ecological footprint of living with cats from a zero-waste perspective. I cover toys/enrichment, food, and litter!

  • Food Waste (Part 3) — Make Soil Not Trash: The Ins and Outs of Composting

    Food Waste (Part 3) — Make Soil Not Trash: The Ins and Outs of Composting

    07/06/2018 Duration: 01h29min

    Wherever you live — whether in a house or an apartment, whether you have outdoor access or not, whether you garden or not — you will get SOMETHING out of this episode. (WARNING: I get pretty excited about composting!) This episode covers EVERYTHING you need to know: what type of bin to use, where to place it, what to fill it with, what not to fill it with — basically how to reduce the outrageous 40% of food we waste in our homes.  Podcast supporters receive transcripts of the podcast as well as bonus material.

  • Food Waste: Part Two — Food is Not Garbage

    Food Waste: Part Two — Food is Not Garbage

    22/04/2018 Duration: 01h14min

    Zero waste is not about waste DIVERSION; it's about waste PREVENTION! We (vegans and non-vegans) throw away 40% of the food we bring into our homes — leading to greenhouse gas emissions in landfills, waste money, human / animal conflicts, and squandered resources.

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