Photo: Food Empowerment Project
Undercover factory farm videos reveal people committing truly evil acts.
A 2-minute clip features more violence than most viewers will witness in their entire lifetimes. These videos contain image after image of workers beating pigs, stomping on chickens, and excessively shocking cows with electric prods. The workers shout expletives at the scared and confused animals, forcing them to march towards their slaughter. The sheer cruelty of it all cannot be unseen.
Viewers are often quick to condemn the workers for such horror. And why not? It's the worker who is committing violence against the innocent animal, and those animals deserve justice.
But on factory farms, animals aren't the only ones suffering injustice.In fact, factory farm workers are victims, too.
A key component of FFAC's work is creating presentations tailored towards different communities and interest groups to bring everyone into the conversation about our food system. In addition to schools, community groups, and businesses, we also speak to faith communities, including Jewish, Buddhist, Quaker, and Unitarian Universalist. In this blog post, FFAC's Toronto Director, Tanzil Islam, discusses her work reaching out to the local Muslim and Islamic community.
It's easy to talk about the many serious problems with our food system, but sometimes not enough attention is given to solutions. In celebration of Hemp History Week, here are 10 facts you might not know about hemp, an amazing plant that has the potential to transform our food, our toiletries, our clothes, and our homes.
FFAC is honored to be the recipient of Miyoko's Kitchen's "Giving 1 Back" program this month.
Miyoko's Kitchen goal is simple – to make the very best artisan vegan cheese and butter available worldwide, and spread it everywhere! Handcrafted with love in California — for the animals, the planet, and your health.
As a part of our commitment to making the earth a better place, 1% of our online proceeds are donated back to help numerous grassroots organizations across the nation, raise funds and undertake projects that make a difference.
As an added bonus, all FFAC supporters will receive a 15% discount when purchasing items like vegan mozzarella, European-style cultured butter, and double cream chive cheese. Just enter the code FFAC2016.
FFAC is offering a unique opportunity for an intern passionate about food access issues and social justice to participate in a hands-on project that will result in providing fresh, healthy, plant-based lunches for 65 low-income students. This is a special opportunity to take the lead on a project and see it through from start to finish.
- Researching funding sources and donation sources
- Holding informational interviews with other organizations doing similar work
- Assessing the needs of the school
- Devising a funding and implementation plan
The internship is unpaid, but we would be happy to work with a school to provide course credits for the internship. The project will take place over the course of the semester, so weekly time commitment is flexible. Likely 5-10 hours per week.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have a basic understanding of local food systems, food insecurity, and food recovery
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
- Be self-motivated and innovative, thinking outside the box.
If you are interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and a cover letter stating:
- Why you are passionate about food justice
- Experience with or knowledge of food systems
- Leadership experience, especially related to project management
- Writing sample (can be previous writing on any topic, 1 page)
FFAC is proud to announce that we are launching a new web page to empower advocates across the country to educate their communities about the animal welfare, social justice, and environmental impacts of factory farming. The page provides a one stop-shop for people who want to spread awareness, complete with public speaking tips, FAQ, and form letters for contacting local schools and community groups.
When people think about not eating animal products, they often wonder: “But what would happen to all the animals?” Variations on this include, “Wouldn't farm animals go extinct?” and “Won't we be overrun by all the animals if we don't eat them?
Celebrate your loved ones or yourself with some amazing cruelty-free gifts from authors, artists, and businesses that support local non-profits! Whether you're shopping for others or wracking your brain for what to put on your Christmas or (belated) Hanukkah list this year, search no more!