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A photo of a field recently cleared of trees for soybean planting in Curuguaty, Paraguay (Photo by Wanqing Zhou, taken in fall 2014).
Global Forest Coalition has released their newest publication, What’s at steak? The real cost of meat. They launched this publication at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun. Executive Director, Mia MacDonald, was part of the press conference. This report uses Bolivia, Brazil, India, Paraguay, and Russia as case studies to look at the contribution of meat and dairy to deforestation and climate change. It includes an excerpt from The Triangle paper and also mentions What’s for Dinner?
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As part of their “Protecting the Weak” Wednesday Night Film series, Goethe University Frankfurt will screen Jian Yi’s two documentary shorts on China’s increased meat consumption, What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On. This project looks at entangled processes of framing, mobilization and institutionalization in East Asia.
Both films will also be included in Research Fellow Alisha Carpenter’s political science course on Animal Protection in China this semester. For further information about the screening, please see the event flyer.November 22, 2016
Wanqing Zhou was recently published in China Dialogue in an article titled “US factory farming shows vulnerability to severe weather once again.” She discussed her trip with Caroline Wimberly and Jian Yi to North Carolina. They saw the flooding from Hurricane Matthew and were even able to fly above farms, thanks to Waterkeeper Alliance, to see how the animal waste from industrial animal factories have impacted the area. There is also a Chinese version available here.November 17, 2016
Jian Yi, director of What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On, was recently quoted in the VICE News article titled, “The Road to a Post-Meat World Starts in China.” He says, “The worrying indicator for me is that we are still expanding factory farming and regarding it as the future of our food production. Instead of addressing the root of the problem—we are just eating too much meat—we are making it worse.”
November 2, 2016
Wednesday, October 19th
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM*
New York University, Kimmel Center, Room 405
Join us for the New York City premiere of the documentary film “Six Years On,” the sequel to “What’s for Dinner?,” a riveting film about meat consumption in China and its costs. “What’s for Dinner?” has screened widely across China, as well as globally. Filmmaker Jian Yi will discuss both films and the current situation for food activists in China. Click here to find out more about the work that Brighter Green has been doing in China.
* You will still have time to watch the last presidential debate, which starts at 9:00 PM!
Satya’s 21st anniversary issue, The Long View, includes an article by Jian Yi titled, An Assertive Vegetarian, where he discusses how becoming a vegetarian is an active choice to advocate for a compassionate lifestyle
Join us for a conversation with three members of the Nairobi-based Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2016*: executive director/co-founder Josphat Ngonyo, wildlife scientist and director of public affairs Kahindi Lekalhaile and board chair Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich (former director of the Kenya Wildlife Service). They will share updates on their ground-breaking work on community conservation, anti-poaching, humane education and farm animal welfare initiatives. No other organization that we know about in sub-Saharan Africa is working across conservation and animal welfare the way ANAW is; they’ve also helped incubate the Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA).
Another reason to attend: the ANAW team will be selling small wire sculptures of African animals made from poachers’ snares adorned with beads. All proceeds support anti-poaching efforts.
Satya’s 21st anniversary issue, The Long View, features two articles on animal welfare in Africa including Mia MacDonald’s encounter with large-scale egg production in Kenya, a trip taken with ANAW staff, as well as an interview with ANAW co-founder Josphat Ngonyo, conducted by Rachel Cernansky, a long-time Satya editor and now contributor to The New York Times.
* Brighter Green’s Mia MacDonald attended the commemoration and spoke on behalf of the ANAW-USA board.
And, if the timing works out, we’ll be joined by Brighter Green colleague Jian Yi, who’s visiting the U.S. from China. Jian Yi is an independent filmmaker and cultural activist who directed “What’s for Dinner?,” Brighter Green’s documentary about rising meat consumption in China (the first of its kind) and the recently completed sequel, “Six Years On.” Jian Yi and Mia MacDonald will be screening “Six Years On” at New York University on Wednesday, October 19th.October 6, 2016
Join us for a screening of the documentary film, “Six Years On,” the sequel to “What’s for Dinner,” a riveting film about meat consumption in China and its costs. Filmmaker, Jian Yi, will discuss both films, the current situation, and the food activist movement in China.
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Room W2008, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:30 PMOctober 3, 2016
Please join us, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and WildAid for a brownbag discussion with internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Jian Yi. Jian Yi and his team are working with Brighter Green to build a Good Food Academy – a groundbreaking project in China’s fledgling food activism movement. He’ll share a clip of his short documentary, “Six Years On,” about the dramatic shifts in China’s meat production, and lead a discussion on current trends in China’s food system and the growing power of agribusiness (including big Western brands). We’ll talk about how we can hold big agribusiness companies accountable for the impacts of their meat and palm oil supply chains.
Where: RAN office – 425 Bush St. Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94108
When: Monday October 3, 2017 12:30-1:30pm
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 9/29 COB.September 28, 2016