Faraz Harsini, Ph.D., realized something was missing from the animal rights movement and decided to fill that gap. The organization he founded, Allied Scholars for Animal Protection (ASAP), is helping university students and others on campus build ongoing, lasting advocacy organizations. We discuss ASAP’s long-term plans for expansion, how students can get help starting their own chapter, the support ASAP offers, and why Faraz believes connecting animal rights folk on campus is crucial. He also tells us about his role at The Good Food Institute and the research they’re doing to scale the production of cultivated meat.
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Dr. Faraz Harsini has advocated for animal rights for over ten years. He is a biomedical scientist and Allied Scholars for Animal Protection (ASAP) CEO and founder. This non-profit organization supports students interested in advocating for animal protection and pursuing careers that can make a difference. He is also a Bioprocessing Senior Scientist at Good Food Institute, where he works on advancing scientific and technological methods to produce alternative proteins on a large scale. Dr. Harsini believes that the root cause of many global issues affecting humans and animals is linked to the food system. Therefore, he aims to change the food system through his work at GFI and to train and support students to become future leaders in animal protection through ASAP.
“I’m sick of animal rights organizations and student organizations becoming inactive because of a lack of support, lack of infrastructure, or lack of mentorship.” – Faraz Harsini
Highlights for Episode 705:
- The three key areas ASAP focuses on: outreach, education, and empowerment
- How they’re supporting student dining halls to go plant-based and make veganism as accessible as possible
- Why so many university students struggle to remain vegan
- How Faraz aims to show students how to take their passions and channel them into long-term animal advocacy
- ASAP’s goal of establishing chapters where vegans can connect and access education and lectures
- Faraz’s tips for students who want to advocate for veganism on their campus effectively
- How students can set up an ASAP chapter at their university and the infrastructure support ASAP offers
- The Elwood Dog Meat spoof and the impact it had on the student body at Texas Tech
- Faraz’s position at The Good Food Institute and what he does as a Bioprocessing Senior Scientist to help scale the production of cultivated meat
Connect with Dr. Faraz Harsini:
- Allied Scholars’ Website
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- Allied Scholars on Twitter
- Allied Scholars on Facebook
- Allied Scholars on Instagram
- Dr. Faraz Harsini on Twitter
- Dr. Faraz Harsini on YouTube
- Dr. Faraz Harsini on LinkedIn
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