Arlington, VA, October 27-29, 2011

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The Issues

  • Public Health: Disease and Contamination
  • Farm Animal Sentience
  • Waste Management, Mismanaged Resources and Climate Change
  • Inside the Industry: The Treatment of Animals
  • Economics of Factory Farming
  • Rise of Factory Farming Globally
  • Legal Advocacy and the Farm Bill
  • Creating Change in the Marketplace
  • Convergent Movements
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Plant-Based Living
  • Models for the Future

From October 27-29, 2011 nearly 350 environmental, animal protection, and public health advocates and professionals gathered in Arlington, VA, for the first National Conference to End Factory Farming. Participants arrived motivated to increase their awareness about the negative impacts of modern animal agriculture, and to set in motion new ideas and collaborative actions to put an end to factory farming. Here, you will find exclusive photo and video from the 2011 Conference!

Photo Gallery
For a look at some of the individuals and groups that came together at the 2011 National Conference to End Factory Farming, view the photo gallery.

Conference Video Collection
Over 40 speakers took the floor to share their expertise on factory farming issues, and every moment of this groundbreaking, educational content was captured on video. We invite you to take advantage of this valuable resource and to pass the videos on!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Issues: Plenary and Panel Presentations

Morning Plenaries

Allan Kornberg, M.D., Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author and animal behavior expert

Michael Greger, M.D., Humane Society of the United States

Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

Holly Cheever, D.V.M.

Jim Motavalli, Author and contributor

Lunch

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va)

Breakout Panels, Session One

Climate Change: The Role of Animal Agriculture

Noam Mohr, physicist and author

Geoffrey Evans, Humane Society International

Kyle Ash, Greenpeace

Inside the Industry: The Treatment of Animals

Nathan Runkle, Mercy For Animals

Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing

Bruce Friedrich, Farm Sanctuary

Factory Farming: A Global Trend

Anteneh Roba, M.D., International Fund for Africa

Dawn Moncrieffe, A Well-Fed World

Mia MacDonald, Brighter Green

Breakout Panels, Session Two

Food Safety

Richard Wood, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working

Michele Simon, Eat Drink Politics

Environmental Degradation: Land, Water, and Air Pollution

Greg Lawson, National Parks Service ranger

Daniel Imhoff, Independent publisher and author

The Hidden Costs of Factory Farming

John Ikerd, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia

James McWilliams, Ph.D., author

Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary

Breakout Panels, Session Three - Animal Sentience: Intelligence, Social Nature, and Emotionality

Holly Cheever, D.V.M.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., University of Colorado

Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary

Eleanor Boyle, Ph.D., author

Natural Resource Depletion: Inefficiency and Overuse

Martha Noble, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Breakout Session Four: Full Conference Panel - The Farm Bill: Converging for Change on Capitol Hill

Elizabeth Kucinich, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

Daniel Imhoff, Independent publisher and author

Michele Simon, Eat Drink Politics

Banquet Dinner

Bryan Walsh, TIME

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Building Solutions: Plenary and Panel Presentations

Morning Plenaries

David Wolfson, partner, Milbank Tweed; NYU School of Law

John Mackey, Whole Foods Market

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., physician, author, researcher

Breakout Panels, Session Five

Consumer Awareness and Activism

Nick Cooney, The Humane League

David Wolfson, partner, Milbank Tweed; NYU School of Law

Dena Jones, Animal Welfare Institute

Plant-Based Foods: Diet as a Tool for Change

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., physician, author, researcher

Donna Beaudoin, author, motivational speaker

Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., George Washington University

Steps Toward a Better Future

Martha Noble, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Mia MacDonald, Brighter Green

Gail Carr, Urban Farming

Breakout Session 6: Full Conference Panel

Convergent Movements: Building Coalitions for Change

Paul Shapiro, Humane Society of the United States

Sarah Alexander, Food and Water Watch

Leah Garces, Compassion in World Farming

Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., George Washington University

Mia MacDonald, Brighter Green

Thank you for supporting the End Factory Farming petition!
Following the 2011 Conference, Farm Sanctuary issued a petition urging the Obama administration to increase federal focus on factory farming issues. We blew away our original goal of 25,000 signatures, sending a resounding message to the Obama Administration that citizens are fed up with factory farming! Thank you to everyone who signed and supported this petition.

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