Past Events

“Global Diet and Sustainability: Assessing the Negative Externalities of Animal Agriculture” was the title of our conference in New York City on 10/12/12 that explored livestock’s global impacts. We also created a reading group for summer of 2012 to stimulate ideas for the event planning committee and for the material on this site’s blog.

Participating organizations:

Brighter Green 

Humane Society International 

A Well-Fed World

The Association for International Development [AID}

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*2012 SUMMER READING GROUP IS NOW FINISHED

Our Facebook page has links to the texts we looked at this summer. Some of those writings were the focus of postings on this website’s blog.

Topics discussed include:

Climate change
-land-use change
-greenhouse gas emissions
Resource use
-livestock feed, rangeland
Water/air pollution
-waste management
Agricultural policy
-The Farm Bill
-farm subsidies
-trade
-Food aid
2007-2008 food price hike
-Food security
-Peak meat
History of factory farming
Global perspectives (local, national, multilateral, private, public)
Animal welfare
-confinement. transport, slaughter
-legal protections
-speciesism
-the ethics of consuming animal products
Wildlife
-biodiversity
Alternative farming techniques
-Ethical livestock practices? Veganism?
-Agroforestry, organic farming, local distribution, veganics
Public health
-Chronic diet-related disease
-Pathogens
Gender
Occupational safety
Equity
Role of livestock for smallholder farmers in the developing world
Other food issues
-pesticide/fertilizer use
-food miles
-carbon footprint
-monocultures
-corporate control of the food chain

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