Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke about the globalization of industrial meat production at the University of Chicago on November 3rd at an all-day conference co-sponsored by EarthSave Chicago and the University’s Vegan Society. She addressed the environmental, public health, poverty and power impacts of the spread of factory farming and meat-centered diets to developing (or southern) countries and then suggested needed responses in the realms of policy-making and awareness-raising. For a PDF version of her PowerPoint presentation, click here.
Three important reports on various aspects of this issue have been published recently. For the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2006 report on livestock’s contribution to global warming, click here. For a 2007 report from the World Society for the Protection of Animals on poverty and factory farming in southern countries, click here. And for a recently released report on global warming and industrial meat production by UK-based Compassion in World Farming, click here.