Meet The Ultimate Vegan Business Insider!

April 24, 2024
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Meet Jody Rasch, a man of many talents, who went from being a banker to an investor in vegan enterprises and a supporter of many animal organizations including Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. He’s also become an accomplished visual artist and a novelist. The Silver Forest is the first in a series of books. He says this novel began as a thought experiment. We’ll find out what that means. Rasch is also a partner at Beyond Impact Advisors, which facilitates investment in vegan and cruelty-free products, many of them very cutting-edge. He’s considered to be a pioneer alternative protein investor. So, where is the vegan and alt-protein movement right now and where’s it headed? This ultimate insider will help us figure that out with UnchainedTV’s Jane Velez-Mitchell.


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UnchainedTV offers you a new way of living. It’s like being born again, but it’s not religious. Our host, New York Times bestselling author as well as TV and social media journalist who heads, Jane Velez-Mitchell, helps you turn on the lightbulb and jump to the next phase of human evolution. There is a peaceful, joyous way of living out there. The secret is simple: don’t look for peace, practice it in your daily choices. You might say, peace begins right on your plate. Tune in to UnchainedTV, live every Monday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Influencers Channel.

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of, a digital news network focusing on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA's 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.

For six years, Jane hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Before that, she reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities, and was also a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.

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