Organized by United Poultry Concerns projects manager Hope Bohanec, UPC hosted its 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The speakers were phenomenal and engaging, the food was delicious, and the energy was positive and inspired! We had lots of new people this year, as well as folks telling us that past Conscious Eating Conferences were their inspiration for going vegan.
The morning session featured Lisa Kemmerer, philosopher-activist professor at Montana State University and the author of nine books. Sandra Higgins came all the way from Ireland to talk about her two passions, Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary, which she founded as the first vegan sanctuary in Ireland, and her powerful Go Vegan World campaign featuring billboard advertising with poignant images of farmed animals and Go Vegan messages. The morning concluded with UPC president Karen Davis’s exhortations about the power of language and the daily challenges animal rights advocates face “in the real world.”
After a raved-over lunch of polenta & Italian herb tomato sauce, garlic bread and homemade cake, the afternoon session – featuring five riveting speakers – focused on how the dominant religions of the world, as well as atheism, foster or frustrate our relationship with animals and nature and the advancement of ethical veganism.
Ready to watch! All Conference presentations can be viewed on video here: www.upc-online.org/forums/2017/videos.html