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Episode 324: Lewis Bollard from the Open Philanthropy Project

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 26, 2016

Lewis_aWelcome to the 324th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Lewis Bollard, who leads the Open Philanthropy Projects strategy for Farm Animal Welfare. As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

We talk about talking about food, the dark days of vegan cheese, and other ‘privileged people problems.’ Jasmin tells of her latest adventures on tour and about upcoming events. (Details about the Always Too Much and Never Enough tour at

In today’s episode, our guest Lewis Bollard explains the work of the Open Philanthropy Project and reveals the project’s first grant recipients, all with his charming New Zealand accent. You’ll learn loads about the way things are moving in the movement, and about the synergy between non- and for-profit companies. Speaking of synergy…


We have two podcast sponsorships today! Lucky us and lucky you!

This episode is sponsored by A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. Mending our unjust food system is a critical part of solving the world’s most destructive and persistent problems. Fortunately, the plant-based foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decisionmakers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at


This episode is also brought to you by V-lish, a project of our friends at Farm Sanctuary. Check out their dynamic guide to delicious cruelty-free eating! With inspired (and many Jasmin-friendly) recipes, videos, and tips and tricks from a wide range of experts, V-lish is a great resource for compassionate living.

All that, vegan banter, and plenty of “Rising Anxieties,” too, so hold on to your kiwi!

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The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren, who is also OHH’s Social Media Director! Special thanks to OHH’s Director of Operations, Anne Green, and to our audio editor, Eric Milano, of Love Loft Studios. Don’t forget to also tune into Our Hen House’s two other podcasts: The Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast, and The Animal Law Podcast.

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