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SWFL VegFest 2020 Highlights the Benefits of Eating a Plant-Based Diet

The number of plant-based meat-like products – like the Impossible Burger – have rapidly increased in the past few years. Consumer data from 2018 showed sales of plant-based meat grew 23% that year, while regular meat grew only 2%. Around 30% of American consumers now say that they’re reducing their meat consumption, and about 32% consider themselves flexitarian. Some are choosing to go plant-based for moral reasons, but many are trying to reduce the amount of meat they consume for health reasons.

We’re getting a preview of SWFL VegFest 2020, which is Sunday, February 16th at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. Now in its fourth year, the annual event seeks to highlight the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, and the science behind those benefits.
We're joined by one of its main organizers, Mike Young, who is also the founder of the nonprofit aPlantBasedDiet.org; Dr. Neal Barnard, he's an author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and will be one of the featured presenters; Dr. Michael Klaper, he’s a physician, vegan health educator and author and will also be a featured presenter; and FGCU student Colby Brownell, he is one of the organizers of FGCU VegFest, which is the day after SWFL VegFest, on Monday the 17th.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.