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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
no more farmers, only corporations
Q: why factory farming?

basic numbers
How many animals are killed for meat, eggs & milk every year in the United States?
9 billion
A: cheap food!
basic numbers
What percentage of those animals are raised on factory farms?
99%
In each industry, 4 companies control:
81% of cow production
60% of pig production
50% of broiler chicken production
More than half a million hog farmers have gone out of business in the last 25 years
living conditions
layer chickens
chickens
Lucy the layer hen
debeaking
battery cages
male chicks
Gryffindor
getting fat fast
living conditions
slaughter
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
farrowing crates
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
Fish
wild caught
bycatch
For every 1 pound of shrimp, 26 pounds of other sea animals are killed
cuteness interlude
aquaculture
Fish farming now accounts for nearly half of the world's fish supply
resource inefficient
In the Atlantic, wild fish populations have decreased 95% in the last decade
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 free-range?
Judy's Family Farm, Uncle Eddie's, Rock Island, Gold Circle, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Organic Valley
"cage free" and "free range"
what about "humane"?
what about cage free?
Still in industrial sheds, debeaked
No legal meaning whatsoever
what about organic?
Uncaged inside barns, with "outdoor access."
No hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides
Debeaking is allowed
Must have "access to outdoors"
Higher levels of pus, antibiotics, and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)
It takes 10lb of wild-caught feeder fish to produce 1 lb of farmed salmon.
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
workers
environmental racism
Animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined.
Nitrous oxide is 300x more potent than CO2
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!
what's worse?
worst for environment
worst for animals
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
life of a sow
4 out of 5 sows spend their entire pregnancies confined in gestation crates.
Photo Credit: The Humane Society of the United States
Photo credit: Vegan Outreach
Photo Credit: Julien Carnot
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 3 billion people
70% of Amazon deforestation is due to animal agriculture
Problems with "free range"
In the US, 260 million acres of forest cleared for livestock
Wildlife services killed 2.7 million native animals in 2014, often at the behest of ranchers
If everyone in the US ate 20% less meat, it would have the same impact as everyone switching from a sedan to a hybrid.
Not eating meat one day a week saves more GHG emissions than buying local food 100% of the time
Photo Credit: Steve Garfield

what about health?
Build strong muscles & strong bones
Venus & Serena Williams
Ranked #1 World Tennis Players
Tony Gonzalez
NFL Football Player
Prince Fielder
Major League Baseball Player
David Carter
NFL Football Player
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