The Meat We Eat: 2014 Forum on Industrial Animal Farming
Friday, April 4, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
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. Our 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?
1515 Massachusetts Ave
Austin Hall - Austin North Classroom
Cambridge, MA 02138
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: Findings, Recommendations, and Next Steps from The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production
Robert Martin, Director, Food System Policy Program, 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
Liz Hallinan, Litigation Fellow, Animal Legal Defense Fund
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)
Want to find out more? Visit our conference website.
As the first organization of its kind, the Harvard Food Law Society has helped place Harvard Law School at the center of an exciting, emerging area of law and policy. The Society seeks to foster discussion about the environmental and public health implications of food law and policy and is part of a broader movement to better incorporate food law and policy into legal education and practice. Our annual conferences are designed to expose members of the legal community to cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues and, more importantly, to generate ongoing dialogue between lawyers, policymakers, and academics specializing in food law and policy about the merits and drawbacks of reform. The Society’s 2014 Forum on Industrial Animal Farming will be our third annual conference.
We are proud to be co-hosting this event with Harvard Law School’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Founded in 1995, HLS SALDF is a student chapter of the national Animal Legal Defense Fund. In keeping with its mission to advance the interests of animals through the legal system, HLS SALDF seeks to educate the Harvard community about issues facing animals including institutionalized forms of animal abuse and explore avenues of reform through legislation and litigation.
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