Patti Breitman, Unsung Vegan Hero, 2016
Tribute by lauren Ornelas, Food Empowerment Project
I knew Patti before I knew Patti. I would see her name listed in the acknowledgments of books by vegan authors. It’s funny because I remember thinking to myself that she must be someone important who has a lot to offer. And when I met her – I understood.
Patti is fearless, she is funny, she is compassionate and she is, well, what my husband and I often say – so Patti. We can hear her voice sometimes on our own. And if you know Patti, you know what I mean.
She is full of ideas but her ideas don’t just come out, they come to fruition.
She is the founder of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group which started in the 1990s. More recently she co-founded Dharma Voices for Animals, which is committed to practicing the teachings of the Buddha and speaking out for animals.
She is a writer in her own right and actually co-wrote one of my favorite vegan cookbooks with Carol J. Adams – “How To Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One”. I had already been vegan for 20 years when it came out, and I still found the tips incredibly helpful!
She is vocal and strong.
She is supportive and she is over 50. I know this because of another incredible book she co-wrote, “Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-based Diet”.
I know Patti as a friend and supporter of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.). Due to our unique mission at F.E.P., I am often asked who are the types of people who support our work, and I often think of Patti – she is a woman who has been doing this work a long time and whose heart is committed to various ways of promoting veganism and compassion to all.
And Patti is also a fearless friend who will stand up for justice not only for non-human animals and human animals but also for those close to her heart.
“Why did the tomato go out with the prune? Because she couldn’t find a good date!”
Congratulations, Patti! Thank you for the support, laughter and joy you give to so many! Love you!
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