The Meat We Eat: 2014 Forum on Industrial Animal Farming

The 3rd annual Food Law Society spring conference is this coming Friday, April 4, from 12:30-7:30pm.

The Meat We Eat: 2014 Forum on Industrial Animal Farming will explore the legal and policy aspects of industrialized animal farming and related effects on public health, the environment, and animal welfare. The forum will bring together a host of authorities on food law and policy and animal law to raise discussion on a number of pressing questions, including: How does industrialized animal farming affect human health, animal welfare, and the environment? How does the U.S. currently regulate animal farming, what are the barriers to reform, and what can be done to strengthen protections for consumers, animals, and nearby communities? How can we create a more transparent food system so that consumers can choose healthy, sustainably-, and humanely-raised food?

The panelists bring a wealth of experience on a variety of topics within the real of industrial animal farming regulation. The keynote speaker, Robert Martin, is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF). At CLF, Bob serves as Program Director of the Food System Policy Program. Previously, Bob worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served as a senior officer at the Pew Environmental Group and as Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

The conference is FREE for students and $7-10 for the public.

You can register here.

Conference Schedule
12:30-1:00pm Arrival & Welcome

1:00-3:00 Session 1: Overview of Animal Farming in the U.S. and the Current Regulatory Environment

1:00-1:30 Introduction: How the American Legal System Protects Animal Food Producers, and the Consequences for Consumers and Animals

  • David Simon, Author, Meatonomics

1:30-2:30 Panel #1: Animal Welfare, Ag-Gag Laws, and the Need for Greater Transparency

  • Erica Meier, Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing
  • Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, HSUS
  • Alexis Fox, Massachusetts State Director, HSUS (moderator)

2:30-3:00 Refreshments Break

3:00-4:00 Keynote Address

  • Robert Martin, Senior Policy Advisor, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

4:00-6:30 Session 2: The Future of Animal Farming

4:00-5:00 Panel #1: Regulating the Environmental Impacts of Animal Farming: Gaps, Overlaps, and Areas for Reform

  • Gregory Dain, Senior Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA Region 1
  • Matthew Hayek, PhD Candidate, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Erik Olson, Senior Strategic Director, Health and Food, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Wendy Jacobs, Clinical Professor and Director, Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (moderator)

5:00-5:30 Rise of the Super Bug: Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock

5:30-6:30 Panel #2: Reducing Legal Barriers, Empowering Consumers, and Creating Pathways for Sustainably- and Humanely-Raised Meat

  • Claire Benjamin, Managing Director, Food Policy Action
  • Margiana Petersen-Rockney, Founder/Organizer, Young Farmer Network
  • Nathan Rosenberg, Fink Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Baylen Linnekin, Executive Director, Keep Food Legal (moderator)

6:30-7:30 Reception
The reception will feature Amsterdam falafel, Veggie Planet pizza, thai food, and ice cream!

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