Join Jess, Steph and lauren Ornelas for Mystery Ingredient’s Episode 5: Food Empowerment

Our fifth episode of “Mystery Ingredient” dives right in for a no-holds-barred interview with lauren Ornelas, founder of Food Empowerment Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006, now celebrating 10 years of work, Learn about food justice, getting to know everything and everyone involved in food production, the connections to modern day veganism, and how we can ALL get involved.

More about F.E.P.:Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. We encourage choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, the unavailability of healthy foods in communities of color and low-income areas, and the importance of not purchasing chocolate that comes from the worst forms of child labor.”

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lauren Ornelas is F.E.P.’s founder and serves as the group’s executive director.  lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999. While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. lauren was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, she served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch lauren’s TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices.