United Poultry Concerns’ Eleventh Annual Conscious Eating Conference

April 6, 2013 – April 7, 2013 all-day
YWCA Building
2600 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United Poultry Concerns
(757) 678-7875

Promoting the Compassionate and Respectful Treatment of Domestic Fowl

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.

Conference Hosts: United Poultry Concerns, Animal Place, Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy

Registration: FREE for students with IDs. $10 all others

Food: Continental breakfast, Lunch for all participants, Dinner for speakers


Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns, sanctuary director & author of books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry.
Presentation: Is Backyard Chicken-Keeping an Ethical Alternative to Factory Farming?

Will Anderson, Founder of Greenpeace Alaska in 1978 and most recently of Green Vegans and author of the new book This is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology.
Presentation: How We Find Our Way to a Humane and Environmentally Sane Future.

Hope Bohanec, Former Grassroots Campaigns Director for In Defense of Animals, longtime Bay Area animal activist leader & author of the new book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?.
Presentation: The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

Michael Greger, MD, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States and author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching. Dr. Greger’s nutrition videos are freely available at Nutrition Facts.
Presentation: The Role of Diet in Preventing and Reversing the 15 Leading Causes of Death.

Melanie Joy, PhD, Ed.M., Professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, worldwide speaker and founder-president of the Carnism Awareness & Action Network and author of the award-winning primer on Carnism, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.
Presentation: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.

Kim Sturla, Executive Director of Animal Place, a sanctuary for farmed animals that she cofounded in 1989 with facilities in Grass Valley and Vacaville, California. Sturla has been a central figure in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years including shelter work and legislative campaigns for animals.
Presentation: The Emotional World of Farmed Animals: What Sanctuaries are Showing Us.

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