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FFAC Gender

The impacts of industrial animal agriculture on the environment, workers, animals, and public health.

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Factory Farming Basics
Overview of industries
Workers' Rights
Environment
Gender
What You Can Do

Outline
cuteness interlude
cuteness interlude
bottom line
easy & tasty
ask yourself
Based on a quote from Wendell Berry, as found in
Eating Animals
www.vegweb.com
factory farming awareness coalition
it works!
Meat consumption has been steadily declining for the last 5 years
we have a choice
www.ffacoalition.org
Send us your questions & thoughts, and learn how to join the movement: email
info@ffacoalition.org

Factory Farming Basics
Overview of industries
Workers' Rights
Environment
Gender
What You Can Do
Outline
Factory Farming Basics
Overview of industries
Workers' Rights
Environment
Gender
What You Can Do
Outline
Factory Farming Basics
Overview of industries
Workers' Rights
Environment
Gender
What You Can Do
Outline
interlocking oppression
absent referent/myth of consent
women as meat
interlocking oppression
sexualized consumption
interlocking oppression
cuteness interlude
cuteness interlude
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GMO
Factory Farming Basics
Overview of industries
Workers' Rights
Environment
Gender
What You Can Do
Outline
Marketing Old MacDonald
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
basic numbers
How many animals are killed for meat, eggs & milk every year in the United States?
9 billion
basic numbers
What percentage of those animals are raised on factory farms?
99%
living conditions
layer chickens
chickens
Lucy the layer hen
debeaking
battery cages
male chicks
Gryffindor
getting fat fast
living conditions
transportation
cuteness interlude
cows
"rape racks"
what about the calves?
what about the mothers?
mastitis
recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH/rBST)
recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH/rBST)
Ruby
piglets
cuteness interlude
Photo from cover of Samuel Epstein's book
Bred to produce 3x more eggs than in nature
Natural life expectancy: 8-10 years
Age of slaughter on FFs: 6 weeks
90% cannot walk normally
According to industry estimates, 3o to 50% of cows develop mastitis
IGF-1 levels are 10x higher in milk from cows given rBGH
Women with high IGF-1 levels are 7x more likely to develop breast cancer
rBGH is illegal in Canada, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand
Legal Protection?
Common Farming Practice Exemption
Pigs
broiler chickens
Beaks seared off without pain relief
Lucy
Life expectancy in wild: 6-8 years
Age of slaughter on FFs: 1 year old
% of eggs that come from factory farms: 90%

Photo credit: HerbertT, via Wikipedia
Workers must crate 30 birds per minute
30% of birds arriving at the slaughterhouse have freshly-broken bones
Photo credit: ben, via Wikipedia
Piglets have their tails, teeth, and testicles cut off without pain relief
what about "humane"?
what about cage free?
Still in industrial sheds, debeaked
No legal meaning whatsoever
Higher levels of pus, antibiotics, and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)
Farmers stick their hand into the cow's anus to position its uterus, while inserting a metal syringe filled with semen into the cow's vagina.
the worst job
cleaning crew
cuteness interlude
Cumulative trauma rate 33x higher
Undocumented, not unionized, no health insurance
Post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, domestic violence
Between midnight and sunrise, must clean conveyor belts, floors, blood collection tanks
Undocumented, not unionized, no health insurance
Animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined.
One of the single most destructive industries on the planet.
Farm animals in the US produce 130x as much poop as the entire US human population
ask yourself
Q&A, Discussion
What surprised or moved you the most?
What changes would you like to make as a result of what you've learned?
we have a choice
it works!
easy & tasty
www.chooseveg.com
9 billion
9 billion
factory farming awareness coalition
www.ffacoalition.org/citations
info@ffacoalition.org
www.bit.ly/ffacsurvey
Photo credit: Agriprom
inefficiency
Meat production requires anywhere from 2 to 15x more feed than the amount of meat produced
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Decreasing global meat consumption by 50% could feed an extra 2 billion people
life of a sow
"So, our animals can't turn around for the 2 and a half years they're having piglets. I don't know who asked the sow if she wanted to turn around."
sexual harassment/assault
"My supervisor, who was also from Guatemala, tried to force himself on me in the parking lot in my car after I had asked for a job change," she said. "When I pushed him off me I began to hear that I was not working hard enough or fast enough. I am a good worker. I did my job well. It was because I would not have sex with him that I was pushed so hard. He told me that I could always change my mind and that, if I did, he would put in a good word for me."
-Juanita, worker at a chicken slaughterhouse
meatless mondays
If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
-Environmental Working Group
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