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Paul Shapiro is the author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. He's also the CEO and cofounder of The Better Meat Co. and the co-host of the Business for Good Podcast. Prior to publishing Clean Meat, he was known for being an animal protection advocate, both as the founder of Compassion Over Killing (COK) and a Vice President at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Shapiro states that he turned to veganism in 1993.
Shapiro is married to Toni Okamoto, author of The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook and another cookbook titled Plant-Based on a Budget.
Shapiro is a TEDx speaker, giving talks on a number of topics, including:
TEDx SouthLakeTahoe in 2017: Clean Meat: The Clean Energy of Food 
TEDx Mid-Atlantic in 2018: What Will Future Generations Think of Our Treatment of Animals?
TEDx SunValley in 2017: We Are Better than How We Treat Animals 
TEDx University of Baltimore in 2018: Are We Doing More to Protect Aliens than Life on Earth?
Shapiro's book Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, is the first book to explore the work of start-ups that are growing real animal products without animals. It was named as Washington Post bestseller in the week of January 7, 2018.
Wall Street Journal: 'Clean Meat' Could Make Livestock Obsolete
Scientific American: Lab-Grown Meat is on the Way
Reuters: Science fiction no more, can lab-grown meat feed -- and save -- the world?
Quartz: Meet the startup that makes milk--without cows
The Guardian: Lab-made meat could be the next food revolution
Motherboard: Chicken Might Be the First Lab-Grown Meat to Make It to Your Grocery Store
Globe and Mail: Why holiday meals might look radically different in the near future"
Lab-Grown Leather-Bound Book
A copy of Clean Meat is the first book to be have been bound in lab-grown leather. The book, bound in "clean" leather grown by biotech start-up Geltor, was auctioned off on eBay on January 22, 2018 for $12,790.
The leather-bound book was featured in many news stories, including:
San Francisco Chronicle: "San Leandro lab's secret foray yields animal-free leather"
Newsweek: "World's First Animal-Free Leather Bound Book on Ebay for $10,000"
Smithsonian Magazine: "This Book Is Bound in Lab-Grown Jellyfish Leather"
Good Food Institute: "World's First-Ever Clean Leather-Bound Book!"
The Better Meat Co.
Shapiro co-founded The Better Meat Co. in early 2018 along with finance and consulting industry veteran Joanna Bromley and food scientist Adam Yee. The company's goal is to help meat producers improve sustainability by blending in the start-up's plant-based proteins in their ground meat products.
Business for Good Podcast
Shapiro co-founded the Business for Good Podcast with his partner Toni Okamoto in 2018. The show features companies and investors with a social mission to help solve problems such as pollution, food waste, unhealthy eating, animal cruelty, and more.
Work with Compassion Over Killing
When he was thirteen years old, Shapiro stopped eating meat as a result of learning about the methods of meat production. About one month later, he stopped eating eggs and dairy.
While a high school student at Georgetown Day School in 1995, Shapiro founded the animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing, and served as an undercover investigator and its campaigns director until 2005. Compassion Over Killing became well known for its investigative work exposing conditions for farm animals on factory farms, at livestock auctions, and at slaughter plants.
Shapiro helped spearhead the campaign to end the use of the "Animal Care Certified" logo on egg cartons in the United States. In that case, the egg industry was labeling eggs from hens confined in battery cages as "Animal Care Certified." After Better Business Bureau rulings, federal petitions, investigations at "Animal Care Certified" egg facilities leading to media exposés, and other efforts, in September 2005, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the logo would be removed from egg cartons nationwide.
From 2005 through 2016, Shapiro led many of HSUS's efforts to protect farm animals, including serving as Vice President of the organization's Farm Animal Protection campaign, including efforts to convince retailers, food service providers, and universities to end their use of eggs from battery-caged birds, pork from gestation-stalled pigs, and to expand their vegan options. Additionally, the Farm Animal Protection campaign played a significant role in helping enact Proposition 2 in California, a 2008 ballot initiative that phases out veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates in the nation's largest agricultural state. The campaign was also central in Proposition 204, a successful 2006 Arizonaballot initiative that phases out gestation crates and veal crates, as well as Question 3, a 2016 similar Massachusettsballot initiative. It has also helped pass laws against gestation crates and other agricultural practices in numerous other states.
In September 2016, six female employees at HSUS filed a complaint with HSUS human resources representatives over a pattern of behavior they had witnessed over the preceding six years. A month later Shapiro was moved to a different department to "advance HSUS' broader agenda." He subsequently served as HSUS's Vice President of Policy for 16 months before departing to release Clean Meat in January 2018.
Shapiro, Paul (May 4, 2011). "Food Whistleblowers and Gag Laws". The Kojo Nnamdi Show (Interview). Interviewed by Kojo Nnamdi. Washington, D.C.: WAMU. Retrieved 2012. The agri business industry wants to make it a crime merely to take photos or video of what happens inside of our nation's slaughter plants and factory farms, and it's really a response to the numerous exposés that have been done by groups like the Humane Society of the U.S. and others which have revealed time and time again egregious acts of animal cruelty at these facilities.
^Shapiro, Paul (2003). "Paul Shapiro - A VegFamily Interview" (Interview). Interviewed by Doh Driver. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved 2012. I stopped eating meat at 13, and then quit eggs and dairy about one month later, after learning more about the cruelties involved in all sectors of animal agribusiness.