Our 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference Was a Fabulous Success!

Carol Adams Speaking
Carol Adams

Superbly organized by our projects manager Hope Bohanec, United Poultry Concerns hosted our 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The speakers were phenomenal and engaging, the food was delicious, and the energy was positive and inspired! We had lots of new people this year, as well as folks telling us that past Conscious Eating Conferences were their inspiration for going vegan.

The morning session featured Lisa Kemmerer, philosopher-activist professor at Montana State University and the author of nine books. Sandra Higgins came all the way from Ireland to talk about her two passions, Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary, which she founded as the first vegan sanctuary in Ireland, and her powerful Go Vegan World campaign featuring billboard advertising with poignant images of farmed animals and Go Vegan messages. The morning concluded with UPC president Karen Davis’s exhortations about the power of language and the daily challenges animal rights advocates face “in the real world.”

After a raved-over lunch of polenta & Italian herb tomato sauce, garlic bread and homemade cake, the afternoon session – featuring five riveting speakers – focused on how the dominant religions of the world, as well as atheism, foster or frustrate our relationship with animals and nature and the advancement of ethical veganism.

Ready to watch! All Conference presentations can be viewed on video here: www.upc-online.org/forums/2017/videos.html

We thank everyone who helped make our 6th annual Conscious Eating Conference a wonderful success and we look forward to having you with us in 2018!

Lisa Kemmerer
Lisa Kemmerer

Sandra Higgins
Sandra Higgins

Kim Socha
Kim Socha

Cogen Bohanec
Cogen Bohanec


“Having the atheist among the religious speakers was great. Very balanced and shows that we are all on the same page when it comes to animals!”

Karen Davis
Karen Davis


“Attendees were super-positive and struck up conversations. I feel like I have new friends.”

Will Tuttle
Will Tuttle

Rabbi Jonathan Klein
Rabbi Jonathan Klein

CEC Panel Discussion


“Coming for the 3rd year! Loved the speakers, very inspirational. Liked meeting like-minded people. Loved the food. Very much enjoyed the displays and talking to people. Bought a book from UPC. Looking forward to next year!”


“Loved it! Got more than I expected! Thanks for a wonderful conference and a fantastic lunch!”

CEC UPC Crew
Photos by Liqin Cao