About Gene Baur
Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. For more than 25 years he has traveled extensively around the country, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our current food system.
A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses documenting their deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.
Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008, Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, became a national bestseller.
Gene, who began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues, is currently Farm Sanctuary’s president. With shelters in New York and California, Farm Sanctuary provides rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, enabling visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions on factory farms who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
About Gene Stone
A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, Gene Stone is a former Peace Corps volunteer, screenwriter, and journalist as well as a book, magazine, and newspaper editor for such companies as the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and Simon & Schuster. He has also ghostwritten thirty books for a diverse lot of people, including theoretical physicist Steven Hawking, Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders, CNN Executive Vice-president Gail Evans, and TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. Gene has written many titles under his own name as well, including The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and The Watch, the definitive book on the wristwatch.
Gene has also written many books on his primary interests: animal rights and plant-based nutrition, including Forks Over Knives, and, as a co-writer with Rip Esselstyn, The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat.
Gene’s newest book is The Awareness, a novel about the day all mammals gain human-like consciousness and go to war against humans.