The Second Annual Conscious Eating Conference
will inform attendees about the true nature of sustainable food choices. There’s a growing awareness of food and its relationship to our planet, our
communities, our health, and the animals who share our planet. As we face unprecedented global challenges from climate change to food deserts, we realize
that agriculture plays a crucial role in these challenges and that it is our responsibility to make informed and conscious choices. Discussion will focus
on issues surrounding backyard chicken-keeping, small-scale farming, “eating local,” animal-free farming, sanctuary experience, and vegan
living as alternatives to the agribusiness model of food production and animals.
2600 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Across the street from the UC Berkeley Campus
This meeting is not sponsored by the YWCA.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Program: 8:30am - 6pm
Registration: FREE for students with IDs. $10 all others
Food: Continental breakfast, Lunch for all participants, Dinner for speakers
Conscious Eating Conference Schedule of Speakers
Saturday, April 6, 2013, Berkeley, California
| 8:30 – 8:50 am||
Opening Reception and Welcome
9:00 – 9:50 am ||
10 – 10:50 am |
11 – 11:50 am |
12 – 2:00 ||Lunch break
2 – 2:50 pm |
Karen Davis, PhD
3 – 3:50 pm || |
Dr. Michael Greger
4 – 4:50 pm || |
Melanie Joy, PhD
| 5 – 6 pm
CLOSING PANEL / Question & Answer with all the speakers
Conscious Eating Conference Presentation Summaries
9:00 - 9:50 am
The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?
Presented by Hope Bohanec
This informative presentation, based on the book of the same name, lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding “alternative” animal farming. It is
now popular to express that your eggs are cage-free and that your meat is organic. But is this trend really the answer to the plentiful problems of raising
animals for food? Is there really happy meat? This presentation offers answers to these critical questions. (www.the-ultimate-betrayal.com)
has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and her first book
The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? will be out in June.
Hope offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director at In Defense of Animals, got the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass a VegDay
Resolution, was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2, and co-founded the Sonoma County based Compassionate Living Outreach.
10:00 – 10:50 am
The Emotional World of Farmed Animals:
What Sanctuaries are Showing Us
Presented by Kim Sturla
Can you decipher from a pig’s grunt if she is annoyed or friendly? Were you aware that even chickens sometimes are less than honest with their flock mates?
Do you know which farmed animal has the reputation of being the most curious? The intimacy sanctuary workers have with cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens
parallels what many have with companion dogs and cats. Learn about the rich emotional lives of animals most think of only as food. (www.animalplace.org)
is the Executive Director of Animal Place–a sanctuary for farmed animals that she co-founded in 1989. Animal Place has its 600-acre sanctuary in
Grass Valley and a 60-acre Rescue Ranch shelter in Vacaville. Sturla has been a central figure in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years.
Kim is the resident Pig Whisperer, able to communicate beautifully with even the wiliest of pigs! She shares her home and life with dogs Ralph and
11:00 – 11:50 am
How We Find Our Way to a Humane and Environmentally Sane Future
Presented by Will Anderson
Conscious eating is just one of several essential behaviors required to achieve a humane and environmentally sane future. Social and economic justice, a
reduction in human populations, and economic systems that nourish ecosystems also are required to stop the loss of biodiversity while increasing the chance
for any semblance of sustainability. We will examine how veganism is interdependent with these issues. (www.greenvegans.org)
After founding Greenpeace Alaska in 1978, Will continued his long career in the environmental and animal protection professions for Earth Island
Institute, Maine Animal Coalition, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Animal Welfare Institute, Earth Justice, and now Green Vegans. He was selected
for the Animal Advocates Oral History Project, now catalogued at Columbia University. Starting as a vegetarian in 1968, Will evolved to veganism. His
This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology is available now. (www.ThisIsHopetheBook.com)
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Is Backyard Chicken-Keeping an Ethical Alternative to Factory Farming?
Presented by Karen Davis, PhD
Backyard chicken-keeping has benefited chickens as people who previously knew them only as food discover how delightful chickens are as living creatures.
However, it has also attracted people who mistreat their birds, fostered a bustling chick hatchery business fostering factory-farm cruelties, and animal
shelters and sanctuaries are inundated with unwanted chickens. Karen will discuss the pros and cons of keeping backyard chickens, what chickens need for
happiness and wellbeing, and suggestions if you are considering or already have a backyard flock. (www.upc-online.org)
Karen Davis, PhD
is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns. She is the author of several books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look
at the Modern Poultry Industry and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality. Award-winningly profiled in The Washington Post
for her outstanding work for the birds, Karen maintains a sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
3:00 – 3:50 pm
The Role of Diet in Preventing, Treating, and
Reversing the 15 Leading Causes of Death
Presented by Dr. Michael Greger
Dr. Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand-new presentation on the latest in cutting-edge
research. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how
best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse our top 15 killer diseases. (NutritionFacts.org)
Michael Greger, MD
is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference
on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation"
trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the
Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States.
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
Dr. Melanie Joy
This captivating presentation, based on the award-winning book of the same name, is presented by internationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Melanie Joy. Joy
explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing
why. By illuminating the invisible mechanisms of carnism, Joy helps viewers become more informed consumers and empowered citizens. (www.carnism.com)
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M.
is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, celebrated speaker, and the
author of the award-winning primer on carnism “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”. She has been featured on programs including the
BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, ABC Australia, and Good Morning Croatia. Dr. Joy is the founder and president of Carnism Awareness & Action
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Closing Panel Q & A with All Speakers. Hope Bohanec, Facilitator
Karen Davis, PhD
Michael Greger, MD
Melanie Joy, PhD, Ed.M.