Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices.  His books include Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day;  Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.  He has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Michael Klaper, M.D. focuses on health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help people stay out of hospitals and off operating tables. He has authored numerous articles on plant-based nutrition, and a book on using plant-based medicine to arrest and reverse disease.  He has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars, and on the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Students Association. 


Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc. D. is an internationally-know nutrition and cancer epidemiologist.  For more than 25 years, he has led, and been involved in, studies across the cancer continuum, from early life exposures to cancer outcomes.  He has served on Advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund and other organizations. He chaired the American Cancer Society’s 2012 committee on nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention.  He leads the cancer research network, funded by the National Cancer Institute to catalyze research in integrated health care settings.


Robert Grillo is the founder of “Free From Harm” which advocates for animals exploited by animal agriculture.  As a marketing communications professional for over 20 years, Grillo worked on large food industry accounts where he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing, the lack of transparency in the big agriculture and the food industry.  His books expose the many ways people have been conditioned into a culture where mass animal consumption is the norm.


William Faith co-founded Arts Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago and co-founding the Chicagoland and Permaculture Guild.  He is board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, and launched Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and education firm.  He has co-facilitated the yearly vegan Permaculture Design Course at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary, the first and only vegan PDC to be offered in the United States.


Mona Seymour is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, and Veganic Farming expert.  Her research broadly focuses on veganism and the food movement.  She is currently working on a project on farming methods that avoid chemical and farmed animal inputs, and is a part of Seed the Commons’ Working Group on Veganic Farming, which aims to support and spread veganic agriculture in the US.  Her past research has explored urban sustainability planning and green infrastructure, with particular attention to alleyway revitalization and greenspace planning. 


Robert Cheeke is a vegan athlete and bodybuilding champion.  He is the best-selling author of the books Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness – The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet, and Shred It! – Your Step-by-Step Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet.  Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine’s most influential vegan athletes.  He tours all over the world giving talks about his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to a champion vegan bodybuilder.


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Ron Weiss, M.D. is a botanist, board certified internist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is the founder of Ethos Health, a farm-based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world, and fosters the fundamental connections that exist between all living things.


Neal Barnard, M.D. is the founder of Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventative medicine, and addresses controversies in modern medicine.  As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at The George Washington University, and a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has led key research studies to improve the health of people with diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders, and other serious health problems. He is the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than 15 books on nutrition and health for lay readers. His research has been cited by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in official policy statements on healthful diets.


Nassim Nobari is the co-founder of Seed the Commons and main organizer of the People’s Harvest Forum. As a social justice and food activist, she has worked with radical community programs in Switzerland and the US and volunteered with local organizations in a dozen countries. With Seed the Commons, she strives to continue to help build a food system that works for farmers, workers and eaters, while promoting animal liberation instead of agricultural models based on animal exploitation.


Julieanna Hever is a Registered Dietitian in private practice based in Los Angeles. Julieanna authored the Permanente Journal’s A Physician’s Guide to Plant-Based Diets, The Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and is the nutrition columnist for VegNews magazine. She is the co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking and a recipe contributor to both New York Times bestselling Forks Over Knives books.