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10. Erik Marcus – Publisher of vegan.com and author of such books as The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice and Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, Erik Marcus defined a new balanced approach to veganism. He encourages people to transition from their old way of eating, not by “cutting out” foods, but by “crowding out” animal products with new, exciting food choices. In his vegan.com blog, he provides articles of interest to both new and established vegans and editorializes in a straightforward, no-nonsense style.
9. Alicia Silverstone – Actress, producer, author, activist, vegan mom… Alicia Silverstone is one busy woman. But the author of bestseller The Kind Diet makes time to interact with and encourage new and aspiring vegans through her website, www.thekindlife.com. In addition to tips, recipes, and personal views on going green, she posts success stories that site members have shared with her, helping others to see the wonderful changes that a plant-based diet can bring to your health and well-being.
8. Neal Barnard, M.D. – The founding president of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Dr. Barnard’s vegan advocacy is based on solid science. In a 2003 National Institutes of Health funded study, Dr. Barnard and associates proved that a vegan diet is more successful at regulating diabetes than the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association. His 2011 bestseller 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart is just one of a dozen books he’s written on vegan nutrition. (To join the next online 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and receive tips and encouragement by email, visit www.21daykickstart.org.)
7. Isa Chandra Moskowitz – As the author or co-author of six bestselling vegan cookbooks, Moskowitz is a (punk) rockstar of vegan activism. Promoting what she calls “baketivism” or “vegan culinary activism” through her website, Post Punk Kitchen, Moskowitz believes the best inducement for people to consider a vegan diet is great-tasting vegan food options. In a February 2011 Natural Health review of her latest cookbook, Appetite for Reduction, Moskowitz is called “a tireless crusader against the perception that meatless, dairy-free meals taste like cardboard.”
6. Ingrid Newkirk – Newkirk is co-founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal welfare organization in the world today. Whatever one’s opinion of their tactics, no one can deny that Ingrid Newkirk’s organization brings attention to animal causes. While many advocates shake their heads at the audacity of PETA’s publicity stunts, they do get media coverage and drive curious visitors to PETA’s site, where an abundant amount of information for those open to a vegan diet awaits.
5. Oprah – While not vegan herself, media mogul Oprah Winfrey scored a big win for veganism in 2011, as she and 378 of her staff members tried a vegan diet for one week. In an episode of her popular talk show, she reported the positive results and interviewed Kathy Freston. (Many Oprah staffers chose to stick with a vegan diet, or at least reduce their consumption of animal products.) After the show, Freston’s book, Veganist, shot to number one on the bestsellers list. Information about the show and a vegan starter kit remain on Oprah’s website.
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