Click to learn more about our policy paper and two-page policy brief on the growth of industrial dairy systems in India, China, and countries of Southeast Asia.
A photo of a field recently cleared of trees for soybean planting in Curuguaty, Paraguay (Photo by Wanqing Zhou, taken in fall 2014).
Representatives from Kuwait, Cameroon, Taiwan, China, and the U.S. after a successful workshop event leading up to the United Nations Climate Summit. Click here to learn more about the workshop (Photo by Caroline Wimberly, taken in September 2014).
November 20, 2015
Natalie Petrulla has a new blog on rebranding veganism with the new Manhattan restaurant, By Chloe. Here’s a snippet from the blog (which can be read in its entirety here):
By Chloe, a new vegan restaurant that recently opened in Greenwich Village N.Y., has an open atmosphere, trendy décor, and great food, but unlike most vegan restaurants, there is a constant line out the door. More importantly, the majority of these people are not vegan. Every time I eat at By Chloe, an all-vegan restaurant, I hear people whispering in line about how they are not vegan. Could veganism be the new trend?
I decided to investigate this idea by interviewing a variety of non-vegans who have eaten at By Chloe.Learn More
November 16, 2015
Wanqing Zhou has a new blog on The Montreal Vegan Festival and her presentation on veganism in China. Here’s a snippet from the blog (which can be read in its entirety here):
It was 40 degrees Fahrenheit and windy, but veganism created a hot spot at the heart of Montreal. Organizers of the Montreal Vegan Festival estimated that on November 7th, over 10,000 people were attracted to the rows of vegan product-sampling booths, mouth-watering culinary demonstrations, and eye-opening stories that transformed lives around the world.
To most people in Montreal, China is both familiar and unfamiliar. Media coverage about China’s growing meat consumption can easily worry our vegan friends in Canada, but the reality is still far beyond reach. Through the lens of film director Jian Yi, the audience was directly exposed to the social and environmental complexity on the other end of the globe, as well as the discussions and changes that are taking place at the moment.November 16, 2015
November 9, 2015
Natalie Petrulla has a new blog on food waste worldwide and its role in World Food Day. Here’s a snippet from the blog (which can be read in its entirety here):
Food waste throughout the U.S. and the world has been a major problem over the years. Recently, it has received more attention globally and now in the U.S., with a call for serious action by the Obama administration which recently brought food waste “to the table” as a part of its efforts to combat climate change. The goal the Obama White House set was to reduce food waste in the United States by 50% in the next 15 years, but what does this reduction mean? How much are we really wasting?
According to the UNEP, 30-40% of the food supply in the United States is wasted; per person, this equals more than 20 pounds per month. Americans are not the only ones wasting food. Approximately “one-third of all food produced worldwide… gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems.” While all of this food is being wasted, there are millions of people throughout the world who are still undernourished or hungry. In response, many initiatives have been created to address this issue, including the creation of World Food Day, to raise awareness about food waste and promote ethical practices. World Food Day was held this year on Friday, October 16.November 9, 2015
To hear about our attendance and participation at International Conferences, learn more about the release of a new discussion paper and meet the new faces at Brighter Green, we invite you to read our newsletter here.
To sign up for our newsletter, click on the link at the very top of Brighter Green’s website that says “sign up for our newsletter.”November 6, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, Massachusetts, 02111
Date: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Tuesday November 17, 2015
Caroline Wimberly will speak on a panel with Leslie Barcus, Executive Director of VegFund, and David Benzaquen, Founder and CEO of PlantBased Solutions, at Sustainatopia in Boston on Tuesday November 17. VegFund is a sponsor of the event, and organized this panel. Caroline will talk about Brighter Green’s work in China, and the burgeoning movement supporting plant-based living.
Founded in 2009, Sustainatopia remains one of the leading events in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability & impact. Attendees have participated from more than 60 countries. The event consists of both a mega-conference and a broad-ranging festival.
Location: Montreal, Quebec Bonsecours Market
Date: Saturday, November 7th, from 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Brighter Green Associate, Wanqing Zhou, will be speaking about the Vegan Movement in China at the Montreal Vegan Festival. She will also be introducing her discussion paper, The Triangle: The Evolution and Future of Industrial Animal Agriculture in the U.S., China, and Brazil, and screening Brighter Green’s film What’s For Dinner? exploring changing eating habits and meat consumption in China. To see the trailer on Vimeo, click here.
Le Devoir, the intellectual Daily, mentions Wanqing and her presentation on China as well as more about the conference and veganism in general.
November 5, 2015
Location: Court Tree, 2nd Floor, 371 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brighter Green is co-hosting an event with Lantern Books on conservation, development, and the protection of animals and local communities in Central and Eastern Africa with three experts in the field: Jean Kim Chaix, Josphat Ngonyo, and Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich. Attendees are invited to watch the documentary Virunga (available on Netflix) before the event.
About the Speakers:
Jean Kim Chaix (left) is the director of the Virunga Fund, which exists to support the conservation of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with a special emphasis on mountain gorilla conservation.
Josphat Ngonyo (center) is the founder and director of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), with over 15 years experience in wildlife conservation. He is a past executive director for Youth for Conservation and member of the Global Task Force for Farm Animal Welfare and Trade, and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare editorial board.
Nehemiah Rotich (right) is the chair of ANAW’s board of directors and the former chair of the National Taskforce on Wildlife Crime. He has headed the Kenya Wildlife Service, been senior programme officer—United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and was the chief executive of the East African Wildlife Society.
Click here for the Facebook event that includes more details.November 3, 2015
Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY (for details, email email@example.com)
Date: Saturday, October 31st, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Lantern Books and Brighter Green are co-hosting a special event, The Spooky Truth About Dairy. Join Canadian journalist Élise Desaulniers, author of Lantern Books’ Cash Cow, and Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life author, to discuss the dairy industry in North America. The discussion will be moderated by Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green. The event is free of charge and food will be provided.
Click here to learn more about Brighter Green’s work, which explores industrialized dairy in Asia and the consequences of this growing trend.October 22, 2015