United Poultry Concerns
26 March 2012
Conscious Eating Conference Videos Now Ready to Watch

Conscious Eating: 
Local, Organic, Plant-Based – What is Truly Sustainable?

On February 18, 2012, United Poultry Concerns, In Defense of Animals, Food Empowerment Project, and Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy hosted a successful conference at the University of California-Berkeley campus examining the relationship of our food choices to our planet, our communities, our health, and the animals who share our planet. www.upc-online.org/forums/2012. If you missed the conference but would like to view the presentations, or if you were there and would like to re-view them, here they are. Each presentation can be clicked on separately. We hope you enjoy them.

2012 Conscious Eating Conference Speaker Videos


9:00 - 9:50 am
Urban Chicken-Keeping: Problems and Recommendations
Presented by Karen Davis, PhD

In recent years, animal shelters and sanctuaries in urban and suburban areas have seen a dramatic increase in backyard chicken-keeping. As the popularity of raising backyard flocks in urban areas has grown, farm animal shelters have become inundated with calls to take in unwanted chickens. Karen Davis will discuss the pros and cons of keeping backyard chickens in urban areas, what chickens need for happiness and wellbeing, and suggestions if you are considering or already have a backyard flock.


10:00 - 10:50 am
The Alternative to the Alternatives:
Veganism as a Response to Industrial Agriculture

Presented by James McWilliams

We are all well aware of the problems with factory farmed animal products. But what about the alternatives? It's very common these days for concerned consumers to seek animal products from alternative--more sustainable and humane--systems of productions, or even to raise their own animals themselves. My presentation will explore the hidden ethical and environmental costs of these alternatives, arguing that as long as the act of eating animals is not actively stigmatized, factory farms will continue to be the dominant mode of production.


11:00 - 11:50 am
Food Justice: Eating with a Conscience
Presented by Lauren Ornelas

This presentation will explore the various ways in which individuals can have a positive impact on animals, workers and the environment. From farm workers in the fields of California to slavery in the chocolate industry, every food-related industry is laced with its own corporate greed. Ways in which every individual can help make a difference will be covered. Current inequities in our food system based on ethnicity and income will also be discussed.


2:00 - 2:50 pm
Your Role in Global Depletion: New Food Choice Perspectives from the book COMFORTABLY UNAWARE
Presented by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander

Dr. Oppenlander discusses the ways in which our food choices are affecting human health, the planet's health and the welfare of the animals, while discussing why sustainability initiatives would benefit from including food choice as a relevant topic in curbing global depletion. In this presentation, Dr. Oppenlander challenges the audience to rethink the way in which they view sustainable. He provides new scientific data about the rate at which our food choices are single-handedly contributing to the demise of our planet's resources, while conveying viable new ways to change our current course by modifying our sustainability focus.


3:00 - 3:50 pm
Animal-Free Urban Farming: Compassion for All
Presented by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Ian Elwood

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Ian Elwood will talk about the work they are doing to advocate for a healthful, humane, and sustainable urban farming policy. They will address issues that face the city in creating a food policy that will encourage residents to grow foods that are healthful to eat, while simultaneously having the least negative impacts on people, animals, environment and the city of Oakland.


4:00 - 4:50 pm
Crocodile Tears: Compassionate Carnivores and Rise of Happy Meat
Presented by Vasile Stanescu

There is a new genre of texts which argue for "local" and "humane" farms in terms of helping both the environment and protecting the animals. I critically engage with these so-called "compassionate carnivores" and their new arguments for "humane" or "happy" meat and document that the rise of small scale farms can never serve as a truly effective strategy to improve the lives of animals. Instead, I suggest, those concerned with suffering of animals should join with animal rights activists to effect positive change.


5:00 - 6:00 pm Closing Panel Q & A with All Speakers. Hope Bohanec, Facilitator


Karen Davis
Karen Davis, PhD
Ian Elwood
Ian Elwood
James McWilliams
James McWilliams, PhD
Richard Oppenlander
Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Lauren Ornelas
lauren Ornelas
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Vasile Stanescu
Vasile Stanescu
Hope Bohanec
Hope Bohanec
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