Ethos Farm Days
June 9, 2019
June 9th featured, Gene Baur animal rights activist of Farm Sanctuary. Mr. Baur's keynote presentation was entitled Reforming the Food System. His presentation discussed how our animal agriculture system causes vast harm to animals, ourselves and the environment. It’s a leading contributor to the climate crises and other major threats to our planet and our own wellbeing, yet most people unwittingly support it through their food choices. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, and we can each play a role in reforming our food system, which will also help to heal ourselves and the planet.
Gene has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement. Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone.