Learn About Factory Farming with Katie Cantrell

by Maria Deloso, ’15

This Tuesday, October 16, Katie Cantrell from the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition will be coming to give a presentation on factory farming at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons, First Floor Study Room. Dinner will be provided for non-meal plan attendees.

Roundtable discussion about her activism history: 5:50pm-6:20pm
Presentation (+ Q&A) about factory farming: 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Learning about factory farming matters, because 99% of the meat we eat in America originates from cramped buildings housing up to 100,000 animals in a couple of hundred acres, sometimes producing as much waste as a small city. Every year, we kill over 9 billion animals for food in our country alone – more than the number of citizens living here.  And it’s not only the “farms” that are concentrated: “4 companies account for more than 80% of the beef capacity in the United States.” In the last 50 years, the US has managed to produce 1,400% more chickens annually while reducing the number of chicken farms by 98%.

As a result of the huge consolidation, the American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on factory farms because of the manure that frequently spills over into neighbouring areas, spreading toxic gasses and polluting the water of nearby communities. Additionally, many environmental organizations, including World Watch, the Sierra Club, the Pew Commission and Greenpeace have singled out factory farms for being one of the largest polluters on the planet, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has noted that livestock are responsible for 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Katie was inspired to begin presenting on her topic after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Eating Animals. She has previously presented at over 35 locations, including UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Corporate Control of the Food System Symposium held last year. Learn more about the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition at http://ffacoalition.org.

Maria is a sophomore fascinated by the stuff we put into our mouths three times a day, seven days a week. Send her your thoughts/questions/rants at mdeloso@stanford.edu.
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