Whole Foods Market is the nation’s leading retailer of humane and organic foods. Its 303 stores worldwide had gross receipts of more than 6.6 billion last year. Mackey co-founded the chain in 1980.
Duncan was one of the first people to bring a scientific approach to solving animal welfare problems. In his research, he is developing methods of “asking” farm animals what they feel about the conditions in which they are kept and the procedures to which they are subjected. He has published approximately 150 scientific papers addressing animal welfare issues.
Rollin is one of the world’s leading scholars in animal ethics and actively lectures all over the globe. He introduced the first university course on veterinary ethics, helped pass the federal Animal Welfare Act, has published seven books on animal protection and consciousness, and served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.
A fourth generation Kansas farmer, Reese is the nation’s preeminent expert on poultry. He has received acclaim from, among many others, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and chef Mario Batali for his work raising heritage poultry, and he has been featured in a number of national publications including the front pages of both The New York Times and USA Today. His farm has provided the model for the nation’s leading humane certifications.
Foer’s bestselling first book, Everything Is Illuminated, was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and won numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. His second book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, also a bestseller, was hailed by Salman Rushdie as “ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all … extremely moving.” His third book, Eating Animals, offers a critique of factory farming and was written in close collaboration with Farm Forward. Foer has taught writing at Yale and is on the faculty of NYU’s Creative Writing Program.
Crane is a Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University in Atlanta. He holds rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Toronto. Crane has served Jewish communities in North America, India, and China. He sits on the national board of the Society for Jewish Ethics.