On June 16th, 2015, Change Food reunited with TEDxManhattan 2015 speakers Michele Merkel of Food & Water Justice and Kendra Kimbirauskas of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project in New York City to host the Facing Factory Farms Salon. Joined by a diverse group of attendees, we sought to accomplish three goals:
- Generate actionable ideas on how to fight the growing presence of factory farming in the U.S.
- Discuss how to involve urban residents and students in fighting factory farming and other food issues.
- Use this Salon as a template for other interested individuals to create their own event around a food issue.
After showing Kendra and Michele’s talks, each speaker gave a brief update (below) on their work.
Despite Kendra Kimbirauskas’ work as an anti-factory farm organizer and the growing number of people increasing their involvement and education on the issue, factory farms continue to expand, affecting more and more communities . CAFOs dramatically degrade the land, and excessive waste and poor containment severely contaminate water sources. Further, AgGag laws make it illegal to take photos and document animal cruelty on CAFOs, making it difficult to expose factory farming practices.