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Registered Dietitian and athlete Dr. Pamela Fergusson opens the program, followed by Brian Kateman, editor of the The Reducetarian Solution and founder of the Reducetarian movement, which seeks to reach people who are unwilling to go vegan right away, but who can be convinced to cut back on animal products, often from an environmental perspective.
Today’s show opener is my favorite overachiever: a Ph.D, a vegan Registered Dietitian, mom of four, and a champion race walker! And yet Dr. Pamela Fergusson, coming to us today from her home in Toronto, is completely delightful and relates beautifully to a mere mortal like me.
Dr. Fergusson also shared her favorite, super-simple salad dressing — which also works beautifully as a topping for baked potatoes, tacos, rice, or whatever happens to be for dinner:
Dr. Pamela Fergusson’s Lemon-Tahini Dressing
1 cup tahini (sesame butter)
1 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
Optional seasonings: miso, chopped parsley, whatever you like
Ya gotta love easy, right?
In the second guest segment, we bring on a scoop of controversy. Brian Kateman has set the culinary, nutritional, and environmental worlds abuzz in the past year with his Reducetarian concept. The idea is that some people — people such as himself was when he learned the agriculture/climate change connection at age twenty-one — just aren’t ready to go vegan, but they may be fully ripe for reducing animal product consumption. What seems like a simple concept led him to form the Reducetarian Foundation and edit The Reducetarian Solution, a wonderful collection of essays by nonvegans such as Mark Bittman and vegans including Ginny Messina, RD, Gene Baur, and me. A cookbook and documentary film are in the works, and Brian is still under twenty-five. He’s had press from National Geographic, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fast Company, Salon, The LA Times, FoxNews, and NPR, but there’s been pressure from some vegans who think his idea will lull people to complacency and delay their evolution to veganism. We discuss all of it in our lay-it-on-the-table interview.
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Blast from the past! While Brian Kateman is encouraging people to cut back on animal product consumption, Anne Dinshah has never tasted an animal product. The daughter of American Vegan Society founders Freya Dinshah and the late H. Jay Dinshah, Anne shares in this episode her experience of being “forever vegan,” and about the fun kids’ cookbook from AVS, Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake. The other guest on this episode is the ultra-inspiring Jenny Brown, cofounder of Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. Listen here: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_112112.