China, Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

As a result of disseminating Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming more widely within China, Brighter Green has gathered some interesting perspectives on how the links between climate change and animal agriculture are being framed by the Chinese government and interpreted by China’s people.

Skillful Means Shared Widely in China

To mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (or Cow), Brighter Green undertook a broader dissemination of its policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming to Chinese media, bloggers, academics and activists.

Brighter Green on Grist

An interview with Mia MacDonald on Brighter Green’s study, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farmingconducted by Take a Bite out of Climate Change founder Anna Lappé, appears today on Grist, the online environmental news and feature site.

Experiential Learning Visit Set

Brighter Green colleagues from Maasai (pastoral) organizations in Kenya are set to embark on a study tour. A six-person, gender-balanced delegation will travel February 10-12 to eco-lodge Basecamp Explorer Masai Mara in southern Kenya to exchange experiences and learning.

Girls’ Education, Leadership, Rights Training Program Launches

Brighter Green’s initiative, piloted with partners in the U.S., Kenya, and Tanzania, launches this week, with the participation of 10 girls from Maasai communities. “All the girls have now secured places in schools and look forward to start classes in the next one week.”

Take a Bite: Brighter Green on China

An interview with Mia MacDonald by Brighter Green colleague, Anna Lappe, about China and the rapid rise in and dairy production is now up on Take a Bite Out of Climate Change. That’s Anna’s savory, savvy site that charts the intersection of food and global warming. She asked some great, and tough, questions. Read the full interview here, and Brighter Green’s China paper (in English or Chinese), below.

Skillful Means Released in Chinese

Brighter Green’s policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming, is now available in a Chinese translation, as 中国农业工厂化所遭遇的挑战. Read the press release describing the report in Chinese here, and the full report here.

Brighter Green at Healthy School Food Conference

Executive Director Mia MacDonald gave a presentation (PDF) on the links between food and global warming at a conference in Manhattan co-sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers’ Humane Education Committee and Science Committee, and the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food.

New Issue of Environmental News Published

A new issue of Environmental News – Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives is just off the press from the Indigenous Information Network, with support from Brighter Green

Brighter Green Oped Published by Worldwatch

An oped by Mia MacDonald on the challenges posed by China’s rapid adoption of industrial-style animal agriculture appeared in the Institute’s environmental news portal, “Eye on Earth.” The piece also appeared on the Environmental News Network.