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Ed Begley, Jr.

Presentation: Live Simply, So That Others May Simply Live
Limited seating available and on a first-come, first-served basis.

As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others.
He work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at www.edbegley.com

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly. Dr. Fuhrman’s own hugely successful PBS television shows, 3 Steps to Incredible Health and Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution bring nutritional science to homes all across America.
For more information about Dr. Fuhrman, please visit drfuhrman.com

Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E.

Caroline Trapp , is director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, especially better nutrition, and higher standards in research. She is also a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes at Premier Internists, a division of the Millennium Medical Group, P.C., in Southfield, Mich.
Ms. Trapp launched the Food for Life to Prevent and Treat Type 2 Diabetes classes in August 2009, which teach proper nutrition, behavioral skills, and diabetes self-care methods. Ms. Trapp is currently developing diabetes education classes featuring cooking demonstrations that will eventually be held nationwide.
For more information about Caroline Trapp, please visit prcrm.org

Sharon Palmer, RD

Presentations: Global Traditions for Plant-based Eating, and Meeting Nutrients of Concern on Vegetarian Diets

Sharon Palmer has created an award-winning profession based on combining her two great loves--food and writing. As a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, she channeled her nutrition experience into writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, and cuisine. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, and food security. Over 850 of Sharon's features have been published in a variety of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, Oxygen, LA Times, Cooking Smart, Today's Dietitian, and CULINOLOGY. Her book, The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health Beginning Today was published in June 2012. Sharon is also the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter, Environmental Nutrition and writes every day for her popular Plant-Powered Blog.
For more information about Sharon Palmer, please visit sharonpalmer.com

Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and recently published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns,. Before this, Hope offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director at In Defense of Animals. Hope was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2 and soon after that victory, she co-founded the Sonoma County based Compassionate Living. She is also the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley and the Sonoma County VegFest.


The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

This presentation, based on the book of the same name, lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding alternative animal farming. Drawing on peer-reviewed research, worker testimony and meeting the animals themselves, this presentation explores the recent shift in labeling animals processed for food. Is free-range better for the environment? Is organic humane? This presentation offers answers to these critical questions.

Chickens: Exploitation of the Innocent

Chickens are arguably the most abused and exploited animal on the planet. Billions are breed, confined, tortured and slaughtered behind the dark doors of animal agriculture. In this presentation, we will explore the life of a chicken in the food industry, both in large and small scale production, exposing the truth behind “free-range”, “cage-free” and other new labels. We will discuss the pros and cons of backyard chicken-keeping and raising chickens in urban areas. And finally, we will learn to see the chicken as the individual that she is – curious, creative, emotional and undeniably sentient.

Cooking Demonstrations

Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan, is a pastry chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, and such an international authority on vegan desserts and baking she is known as the “Queen of Vegan Desserts.” Those desserts—captured in her cookbooks, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, and her latest: Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, as well as numerous magazines and television programs—are sophisticated and delicious enough to satisfy anyone who loves dessert, whether vegan, omnivore, or somewhere in between. Fran lives, teaches, and lectures in New York City, where she runs the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, and at conferences throughout North America and Europe.
Visit www.francostigan.comfor more information, and to follow her blog and newsletter. Fran can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @goodcakesfran.

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