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Debate Recap: Don’t Eat Anything With A Face

Last week I posted to Facebook and Twitter about a debate that was happening on, a site dedicated on showcasing live debates on various topics. Since then, the results of the debate have been analyzed and I find them very exciting.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the entire debate. It was wonderful to hear how each side agrees on a lot of matters: eat less meat, no factory farming, no GMOs…that’s progress.

I will say that the argument that plants have feelings too is a bit far-fetched for this debate. There is an undeniable difference between watching an animal cry, scream and see it suffer and fight for its life, as opposed to guessing if the plant has that reaction. There is no guessing with animals. You see it.

I don’t see how the feelings of plants and their “faces” relates to the topic at hand. I felt as though this was an amateur argument – just cheeky and silly and didn’t make much sense to the discussion at hand. Not to mention, that if you really do value the life of plants to the extreme that you don’t want to eat them, then you better not eat animals as well because they feed off of far more plants to create animal protein. So if you are a true plant-lover, you save many more lives by eating them directly.

Overall, it was a captivating debate with some very interesting results, more of which can be seen and explained here. But as the data shows, it looks as though with more education and information on the topic, more and more people are being swayed by the plant-based diet lifestyle.

If you missed the debate, you can watch the full broadcast right here. It really is worth watching!


What did you think of the debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the debate in the comments.


  • C Dtrick

    Dr. Barnard and Gene Bauer whipped up on them. Besides the fact they are two incredibly smart men they had an unfair advantage, the advantage of being 100% right.

  • Deb Ozarko

    The eat faces team…yikes…when will those tired old predictable “arguments” ever go the way of the dinosaur? The good news though is that it seems as though the public is beginning to see through this nonsense. So, in my humble opinion, the debate was amazing!!! Gene Baur and Neil Barnard are amazing!!! And on that note, you, Alicia Silverstone are amazing!!! Thank you for your heart. Thank you for your passion. Thank you for your compassion!

    I LOVE exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They make me feel like dancing and celebrating a vegan future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Kristi Agee

    I just listened while folding laundry. Time well spent! I cheered when the results were read.

  • Marko Vegano

    Awesome debate. Vegan owed.

  • Zoe Emmerson

    Great debate! Loved hearing Neil Barnard and Gene Baur talk so passionately but with real sense and composure. I agree with others that the same old arguments about plants having feelings do get tired, but ultimately they probably helped to damage that sides argument.

  • Elizabeth Sparks

    What a fantastic discussion. I especially loved how everyone agreed that factory farming is horrendous – this shows improvement, at the very least. What I wish had been more prevalent in the discussion is that this is the root of where nearly all animal foods come from in the U.S. (and increasingly most of the world), as I think the inclusion of Joel Salatan unfairly skewed the view of the animal farm for the audience. All that being said, Neil Barnard and Gene Baur knocked it out of the park – they were articulate, informative, and highly persuasive (not that I needed any persuasion!). Great share!