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Episode 106: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — January 21, 2012

Welcome to the 106th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Erik Marcus from

In today’s episode, we gripe about the recent NYC subway ads that center around reducing your portion size as a way to reduce disease. We also give you our thoughts on everything from the film, Dive: Living Off America’s Waste, to the sushi rolls at Pure Food and Wine, to the Wellness Club brunch we got to try at a nearby Whole Foods, to Paula Deen.

Joining us today is longtime activist and author, Erik Marcus, the mastermind behind Erik will talk to us about everything from the strengths and limitations of the health and environmental arguments for veganism, to how to make a truly persuasive ethical argument for living cruelty-free, to how to effectively use social networking tools for advocacy, and a heckuva lot more. You won’t want to miss this interview with the voice behind so many articles and books that speak up for animals (including The Ultimate Vegan Guide, which is available for only 99 cents in digital form).

Tatiana Pavela as Dian Fossey in “Leakey’s Ladies.” Photo by Shell Sheddy.

For our review, we’ll share with you our thoughts on the play, Leakey’s Ladies, which explores the lives and work of Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, and Birute Galdikas. This play is the most recent merging of theatre and advocacy to come across our radar, and we’re eager to share with you our experiences of watching these stories of animal ambassadors come to life.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

This week’s news items include:

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

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(4) Readers Comments

  1. January 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    wow,i am surprised about the statement that one pound of beef equals the water used for six months to a year of showering being falsesupreme master ching hai makes this claim in this video :

  2. January 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

    As an environmental scientist (who went vegan for environmental reasons, by the way), I wanted to give Marcus a standing ovation in his discussion of the environmental arguments and how far we can go with them. So well put and so, so right. I don't know why I haven't read Meat Market yet, but after hearing this, I must. His statement about looking at claims related to veganism with the same level of scrutiny as any other claim was spot on. Through that lens, we are much more likely to vet our beliefs and in turn use our strongest arguments, rather than trying to cast a net that is as big as possible. Wonderful interview!

  3. January 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    The water claim is made again here on Supreme Master TV 5000 gallons of water for one pound of cow's flesh.Note this probably includes the water used to grow the crops that are fed to the animals as well as what they drink etc

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