Veganism’s next goal: animal-free farming

When veganism is central to your life, you don’t just avoid meat, fish and dairy.

You also: Fill your Instagram feed with vegan mottos. Get involved in a pig rescue. Feed your pooch “plant-powered” dog chews. Launch a cruelty-free skin care line. Go to law school to defend animals. Tell guys who ask you out to first watch the eco-doc “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” and then call back to discuss it.

“There is being vegan, and there’s being plant-based,” said Rocio Sambrano, 35, of Stockton, who does all those things. “Being vegan, you’re not defined by what you eat, but how you live your life.”

Sambrano’s generation and younger vegans are embracing activism that goes beyond sharing recipes for dairy-free cupcakes. When it comes to animal rights, Sambrano and her peers are not just content to improve welfare on the farm. They want to move animals out of farms altogether, a daring proposition considering the economic power of U.S. animal farms, with the beef industry alone worth $76 billion and dairy clocking in at $35 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [read more]

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