Paul Shapiro has been an advocate for food sustainability from a young age. In high school, he founded an animal protection club that he turned into a national organization which he ran for ten years. Shapiro then spent the next 13 years leading legislative and corporate campaigns to help improve the welfare of farm animals.
He now is a bestselling author, co-host of the Business for Good Podcast, and the co-founder of a sustainable protein company.
During his 13 years at The Humane Society of the United States, Paul Shapiro served as a Vice President and helped lead many legislative initiatives to prevent abuse of farm animals, as well as engage with major food corporations to improve sustainability in their supply chains.
In addition to Paul’s bestselling book, Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, he’s been featured as a guest speaker on numerous radio programs around the world, television talk shows, and TEDx. His four TEDx talks focus on the food systems in place, food systems of the future, and general treatment and well-being of animals. Paul Shapiro is a regular contributor to major newspapers, and has also published articles in academic journals.
His book chronicles the race to commercialize “clean meat,” or real meat grown from animal cells rather than animal slaughter. The book received rave reviews and is considered the definitive book on the cellular agriculture movement, in addition to being named a Washington Post bestseller in January 2018. Before the book’s publication, Paul Shapiro published various articles and contributed to and authored other shorter works, including Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics and Animal Welfare in Animal Agriculture. He’s a guest on many news outlets, such as CNN, StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Point of Inquiry, as well as dozens of periodicals. He continues to speak publicly about the food systems currently in place, food systems of the future, and the general treatment and well-being of animals.
Paul is also the CEO & Co-Founder of The Better Meat Co. – a business-to-business company that helps institutional food sellers achieve their goals of culinary excellence by providing next-generation plant-based proteins for foodservice providers and meat processors to make their meat, in a word, better. Paul Shapiro and the company’s plant-based proteins blend seamlessly into ground meat products, enabling major food users to enhance the taste of their products while improving both health and sustainability, all in a cost-competitive way. Whether you’re producing meatballs, sausages, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, burgers, dogs, or other ground meats, blending The Better Meat Co.’s plant-based proteins into your products is a win-win.
Paul Shapiro fosters a respectful dialogue among all sides of the societal debate about food sustainability. For example, Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation, calls him a “a major force in the struggle to reduce farm animal suffering,” while a McDonald’s executive inducted Shapiro into his own NGO Hall of Fame. He wrote: “The common thread of the effective NGO leader is ‘likeability.’ …What’s most common and effective in their work was their good nature and fun spirit. Paul Shapiro from the Humane Society of the United States exemplifies this. Even though we don’t agree on a fair amount, but because he’s affable — and no jerk! — we found common ground, getting rid of gestation stalls for sows and going cage-free for hens.”
In 1995, Paul founded Compassion Over Killing, in which had the privilege of spearheading legislative initiatives in order to prevent abuse of farm animals, engage with major food corporations to help end cruel practices in their supply chains, and increase demand for plant-based proteins. Today, COK is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a second office in Los Angeles, CA working to end animal abuse and cruelty.
He’s been interviewed by hundreds of news outlets from CNN to StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson as an authority on food sustainability issues, and has also published dozens of articles in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.
Paul Shapiro received his Bachelor’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at The George Washington University in 2001. As a private research university located in Washington, D.C., GWU was founded on with the principles of George Washington himself in mind. The university is organized into 14 difference colleges and schools, serves as host of the National Security Archive, and is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia.
Paul Shapiro and his partner Toni Okamoto call Sacramento, California home, where they both work to spread awareness of how our food choices can help make the world a better place. As the state’s capital, Sacramento is is rich with history dating back to the Gold Rush era. The Transcontinental Railroad is one of the city’s earliest technological feats, which began construction in 1863. Today, Sacramento resides as the 6th largest city in California based on population size, and remains a cultural hub comprised of many demographics, arts, cuisine, and sports.