Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur—co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and author of “Living The Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide To Eating Mindfully, Living Longer and Feeling Better Every Day”—provides an overview of Farm Sanctuary since he helped launch it in 1986 and its current mission, sort of Farm Sanctuary 101.073370_LivingFarm_587x720_72_RGB Baur addresses the conversations he and co-author Gene Stone (author of “Forks Over Knives” and other books) had in deciding the approach and format of “Living The Farm Sanctuary Life,” which is notable for a tone that is gentle, kind 2015_03_FSNY_Louise_Reubie_Summer_left_to_right_IMG_1088_rs_CREDIT_Farm_Sanctuaryand inclusive, without a hint of being judgmental or remotely; a full-on carnivore could feel as welcome passing through the pages as could a veteran vegan. He outlines “The Five Tenets Of Farm Sanctuary Living,” while explaining the virtues of adhering to that philosophy, from one’s temperament and health to protecting the environment and staving off climate change. We touch on how visiting Farm Sanctuary can be a magical, transformative experience, and I mention my family had visited the Glen Watkins location MKS&DKSfarmsanctuaryCROPabout six years ago. (This photo shows me and my son Mike during that visit, with a recently-rescued mother pig nursing her piglets.) Baur discusses the book’s second part, which functions as elegant cookbook (the entire book is laced with gorgeous photography), laying out 100 recipes for soups, entrees, desserts and more, contributed by some high-profile Farm Sanctuary fans &/or notable culinary figures. This discussion also serves to underscore how gene-baurfar vegan food has come in recent years. Commenting on his April appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”—and asked if Stewart and his wife, Tracey, had consulted him before buying the farm in New Jersey they planned to turn into a farm animal sanctuary, Baur notes that the couple had already purchased the farm well before meeting Baur, adding that Tracey is a passionate animal person who’s written a book, “Do Unto Others,” due out in October. (

ALSO: I spoke briefly with Father Bill Yanson, of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, about the Church’s then-impending Community Pet Fair. (

COMEDY CORNER: Brian Regan’s “Flipper & Gentle Ben” (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Snake Farm,” instrumentals

 NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Police’s “Canary In A Coalmine”


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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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