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
Program

2011 Program

Thursday, October 27, 2011

6:30 p.m. Registration (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

• Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

• Special guest speakers Gene Baur, president and co-founder, Farm Sanctuary, and Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Friday, October 28, 2011

7:00-7:30 a.m. Registration (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer)

7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer)

The Issues: Plenary and Panel Presentations

8:00-11:45 a.m. Morning Plenaries (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)

8:00-8:05 a.m. Victoria Moran, Emcee Welcome

8:05-8:15 a.m. Allan Kornberg, M.D., executive director, Farm Sanctuary, Conference Welcome

• 8:15-8:45 a.m. Gene Baur, president and co-founder, Farm Sanctuary, The Rise of Modern Agribusiness

8:45-8:50 a.m. Video

8:50-9:20 a.m. Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., bestselling author and animal behavior expert, Sentience and Suffering: The Nature of Farm Animals

• 9:20-9:50 a.m. Michael Greger, M.D., director of public health and animal agriculture, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Disease, Contamination, and Antibiotic Overuse: The Impact of Factory Farms on Public Health

9:50-9:55 a.m. Video

• 9:55-10:25 a.m. Wenonah Hauter, executive director, Food and Water Watch, The State of the Environment: Why Factory Farming Matters

10:25-10:40 a.m. Break

10:40-11:10 a.m. Holly Cheever, D.V.M., Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and award-winning veterinarian, Industrialized Cruelty: The Lives of Farm Animals

11:10-11:15 a.m. Video

• 11:15-11:45 a.m. Jim Motavalli, 12-year editor of “E Magazine” and author of the new book “High Voltage,” Feeding the World, Protecting the Planet: The Inefficiency of Factory Farming

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)

• Lunch keynote presentation by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)

12:45-1:00 p.m. Break

1:00-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Panel Presentations

1:00-1:45 p.m. Breakout Panels, Session One

Climate Change: The Role of Animal Agriculture
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom A, B, C)

• Noam Mohr, Ph.D., physicist and author of studies on animal agriculture and climate change

• Geoffrey Evans, animal agriculture and climate change specialist, Humane
Society International

• Kyle Ash, senior legislative representative, Greenpeace

Inside the Industry: The Treatment of Animals
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom D, E)

• Nathan Runkle, founder and executive director, Mercy For Animals

• Erica Meier, executive director, Compassion Over Killing

• Lester Friedlander, D.V.M., former USDA slaughterhouse inspector

• Bruce Friedrich, senior director of strategic initiatives, Farm Sanctuary

Factory Farming: A Global Trend
(Ernest Hemingway Salon)

• AntenehRoba, M.D., president and co-founder of International Fund for Africa

• Dawn Moncrieffe, founder and director of A Well-Fed World

• Mia MacDonald, director of Brighter Green

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2:00-2:45 p.m. Breakout Panels, Session Two

Food Safety
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom A, B, C)

• Richard Wood, executive director, Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), chair of Keep Antibiotics Working

• Allan Kornberg, M.D., executive director, Farm Sanctuary

• Michele Simon, public health attorney and president, Eat Drink Politics

Environmental Degradation: Land, Water, and Air Pollution
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom D, E)

• Jim Motavalli, 12-year editor of “E Magazine” and author of the new book “High Voltage”

• Greg Lawson, National Parks Service ranger

• Daniel Imhoff, independent publisher and author of “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories” and “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill”

• Lynn Henning, Michigan Chapter CAFO Water Sentinel, Sierra Club

The Hidden Costs of Factory Farming
(Ernest Hemingway Salon)

• John Ikerd, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the

University of Missouri, Columbia

• James McWilliams, Ph.D., author of “Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly”

• Gene Baur, president and co-founder, Farm Sanctuary

2:45-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-3:45 p.m. Breakout Panels, Session Three

Animal Sentience: Intelligence, Social Nature, and Emotionality
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom A, B, C)

• Holly Cheever, D.V.M., Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and award-winning veterinarian

• Marc Bekoff, former professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Colorado

• Susie Coston, national shelter director, Farm Sanctuary

• Eleanor Boyle, writer and educator on compassionate, sustainable food systems

Natural Resource Depletion: Inefficiency and Overuse
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom D, E)

• Jim Motavalli, 12-year editor of “E Magazine” and author of the new book “High Voltage”

• Martha Noble, senior policy associate, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

• Mike Tidwell, founder and director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:00 p.m. Breakout Session Four: Full Conference Panel
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)

The Farm Bill: Converging for Change on Capitol Hill

• Elizabeth Kucinich, director of government affairs, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

• Wenonah Hauter, executive director, Food and Water Watch

• Daniel Imhoff, independent publisher and author of “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories” and “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill”

• Michele Simon, public health attorney and president, Eat Drink Politics

5:00-6:30 p.m. Break

6:30-8:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)

• Dinner keynote presentation by Bryan Walsh, senior writer for TIME

Saturday, October 29, 2011

7:30-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom Foyer)

Building Solutions: Plenary and Panel Presentations

8:30-10:00 a.m.Morning Plenaries
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)

• 8:30-9:00 a.m. David Wolfson, partner, Milbank Tweed; Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law, Factory Farming and the Law

9:00-9:30 a.m. John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Creating Change in the Market Place

9:30-10:00 a.m. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., family physician, NY Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher, Health Benefits of Plant- based Foods

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Presentations

10:15-11:00 a.m. Breakout Panels, Session Five

Consumer Awareness and Activism
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom A, B, C)

• Nick Cooney, founder and director, The Humane League

• David Wolfson, partner, Milbank Tweed; Adjunct professor, NYU School of Law

• Dena Jones, farm animal program manager, Animal Welfare Institute

• Lynn Henning, Michigan Chapter CAFO Water Sentinel, Sierra Club

Plant-Based Foods: Diet as a Tool for Change
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom D, E)

• Joel Fuhrman, M.D., family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher

• Donna Beaudoin, author, motivational speaker, and creator of “Sister Vegetarian”

• Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., practicing physician and assistant professor, George Washington University Department of Medicine

Steps Towards a Better Future
(Ernest Hemingway Salon)

• Martha Noble, senior policy associate, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

• Mia MacDonald, executive director, Brighter Green

• Gail Carr, assistant executive director, Urban farming

11:00-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout Session 6: Full Conference Panel
(F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom)


Convergent Movements: Building Coalitions for Change

• Paul Shapiro, senior director of farm animal protection, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

• Sarah Alexander, education and outreach director, Food and Water Watch

• Leah Garces, USA director, Compassion in World Farming

• Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., practicing physician and assistant professor, George Washington University Department of Medicine

• Mia MacDonald, executive director, Brighter Green

 

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