Nathan Runkle on Mercy For Animals, The Future of Food, and Finding Your Voice

Listen on Google Play MusicWhile the majority of discussion at Thought For Food is rooted in our strengths in nutrition science and adventurous, healthy lifestyles, there is something much greater at stake than increasing our performance as athletes. The reason that both of us live a completely plant-based, vegan lifestyle is due to the fact that 60 billion animals are unnecessarily slaughtered for human consumption every year. The conditions of factory farms are absolutely and utterly abominable. Once the two of us became aware of the realities of industrialized animal agriculture and the toll it takes on both the conscious, innocent beings that are a product of the system and the planet at large, we simply couldn’t support it any longer.

This week’s guest is a visionary in leading the charge towards changing this. Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals, an international animal rights organization that has over 120 employees and has been integral in changing policies, hearts, and minds towards making the world a more compassionate place for animals. He started the organization at 15 with zero resources and no real strategy – except one mission to save animals. Nathan just released a new book, titled Mercy For Animals, which chronicles his journey of starting MFA, stories of heroic undercover investigations and open rescues, the future of food, and more. It’s a fantastic look into the reasons behind ethical veganism and the plight that farm animals face in today’s food system.

We talk about the moment that catalyzed the birth of Mercy For Animals, the realities of “humane” animal operations, ag-gag laws, the role of clean meat in transforming our food system, and plenty more. It was truly an honor to have Nathan on the podcast, and I found him as articulate as he is compassionate. I’m also incredibly inspired by the work of MFA, and very proud to have contributed through my Vegan Alpletic campaign earlier this summer. Nathan and his team are changing the world, and I hope this conversation inspires you or your friends and family to choose the more compassionate path.


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MFA on Social Media: @mercyforanimals (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

Nathan on Social Media: @nathanrunkle (Instagram)

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Daniel Bovalino on Creating a Compassionate Cycling Culture Through Vegan Athletic Apparel


Today on the show we’re excited to share a conversation with Daniel Bovalino, the founder and visionary behind Vegan Athletic Apparela new company dedicated to creating the most sustainable, ethical, functional, and stylish cycling clothing. After hearing about this new company started in Australia, I knew it would soon be huge and profound in shifting the paradigm…perfect for Thought For Food. This was a really engaging talk that covered a lot of fascinating topics, including:

  • How Daniel got into cycling
  • The story behind the creation of Vegan Athletic Apparel
  • What it means to be an ethically-driven company and what the fashion industry looks like
  • Daniel’s foray into veganism and nutrition and how it has impacted him as an athlete
  • His goal for changing the culture within cycling to become more compassionate and sustainable

As a cyclist, I was really drawn to Dan’s philosophy towards the sport and especially the clothing component. I look forward to riding with Dan and the Aussie vegan cycling crew one day! NOTE: This is not a paid endorsement for Vegan Athletic Apparel, nor are they a sponsor for the show. I just really really believe in this company and what they are trying to achieve.

Hope you enjoy this episode, and go eat some plants!

-Jackson and Aaron

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