Monroe County Votes for Animals

Monroe County Votes for Animals

MCVA will be at the Rochester VegFest, inviting attendees to join its voting bloc and offering updates on what’s happening legislatively in the county.

Monroe County Votes for Animals is a grassroots, nonpartisan, unaffiliated and all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting laws that are beneficial to animals.

They lead a voting bloc (an organized group of voters who care about a particular issue) of Monroe County, N.Y. residents who care about animals and would like to hear their endorsements.  They work to promote animal-friendly legislation and stop legislation that hurts animals.  They currently focus on our local government: Monroe County, its towns, and the city of Rochester, N.Y.


SAVVY, University of Rochester’s Student Association of Vegetarian and Vegan Youth, is coming to Rochester VegFest!

SAVVY was founded to help increase awareness, and provide support for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who is interested in learning about how our dietary and lifestyle choices affect us and our environment. Using vegetarianism as an educational tool, SAVVY provides the encouragement and resources necessary to enable everyone to take an active role in making society ever better.

They sponsor educational events, host weekly meetings, make restaurant trips, cook together at vegetarian potlucks, and work with dining services to increase the availability and quality of vegetarian and vegan options on campus. Some of them enjoy activism while others are content in promoting a compassionate lifestyle by just being an example to their peers. Any level of involvement is welcome.

Pitty Love Rescue

Pitty Love Rescue will be at the Rochester VegFest!

Pitty Love’s primary focus is to find responsible homes for the dogs in their care and provide lifelong support to the dogs’ new families.

They have a strong secondary focus on advocacy, information sharing, and community outreach. They routinely work with the under-served portion of our community to help keep dogs in homes by providing necessary resources. That includes but is not limited to: low cost spay/neuter, vetting assistance, training assistance, help with food, and collaboration to acquire affordable, non-discriminatory housing.

They may bring friendly, adoptable dogs – stop by their tent to see!

Rochester People’s Climate Coalition

Rochester People’s Climate Coalition will be attending the Rochester VegFest!  Stop by their table to find out what’s happening in Rochester to prevent climate change, and how you can help.

Check out their Food Choices Statement saying that “Food choices are extremely important for anyone who wants to take climate change action,” and encouraging people to eliminate or reduce meat and dairy.

The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition unites local organizations to address the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to a clean energy economy, and prepare for the impacts of global warming.  Through our coordinated, collaborative efforts, we will create a more environmentally just and sustainable community.

Dr. Bruce Monger

We’re so happy to have Dr Bruce Monger joining us to talk about animal agriculture and our oceans!

Dr. Monger received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1993. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for two years before coming to Cornell in 1997 as a Senior Researcher, and more recently a Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Bruce’s research centers on the use of satellite observations to study how natural variability in ocean dynamics impacts marine ecosystems at ocean basin and global scales. He teaches a highly popular course at Cornell University: “Introductory Oceanography” with an attendance that has grown to over 1,000 students. A major theme the course centers of environmental threats to the ocean and the importance of citizen activism to pressure leaders to act now to make a more sustainable world that is fair to future generations. His course was featured as part of a New York Times article on interesting courses in the United States.

Ian Cramer

We are excited to have Ian Cramer joining us!

He will be giving a talk entitled, “Overfed and undernourished: the relationship between food, health and disease.”

Ian Cramer, MS, ATC, aka The Plant-Based Cyclist, is an Athletic Trainer by trade. Educated at Alfred University and Miami University, his plant-based journey started in 2011 when he received the movie Forks Over Knives for Christmas. Ever since watching it, he’s been passionate about learning and educating others on how they can become healthier through diet and lifestyle changes. As a competitive cyclist, he competes in criteriums, road races and has even competed in triathlons, all powered by plants. His most passionate endeavor has him interviewing medical doctors and scholars of lifestyle medicine as host of The Ian Cramer Podcast. He lives in Rochester with his wife and 2 dogs.

Ted Barnett, M.D.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Ted Barnett speaking!  Dr. Barnett is medical director for Rochester Lifestyle Medicine and is the High-Tech Doctor with Low Tech Solutions.  He is Board Certified in Diagnostic Imaging as well as Vascular and Interventional Radiology and has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986.

Dr. Barnett teaches a 6-week plant-based nutrition course which is accredited for 12 professional CME. Over 520 Rochesterians have taken the course which has been given 11 times.

He, his wife and three children have thrived on an exclusively plant-based diet for 25 years.

Kerry Graff, M.D.

We are so excited to have Dr. Kerry Graff speaking!
Dr. Graff is assistant medical director of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Kerry Graff is a family physician in solo practice in Canandaigua, NY. After learning about the tremendous health benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet, she personally adopted this way of eating and has been teaching it to her patients using the 4Leaf Program, which encourages people to get 80% or more of calories from whole plants for personal as well as environmental health. She now serves as Chief Medical Officer of 4Leaf Global and is the co-author of The 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health with J. Morris Hicks. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through eCornell. She remains board certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice.