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Joyce D’Silva – Is our diet damaging the planet? 

Wednesday 26th May (7.30-8.30pm) 


Joyce D’Silva will talk on…

“Is our diet damaging the planet?”

How can we choose a diet that is healthy for both us and the planet?

Synopsis: What we eat has a profound impact on the planet in terms of carbon emissions, water use, land use, pollution, animal welfare, global trade and local economies. Our diets are usually the third biggest source of our individual carbon emissions after our energy use and transport, and is the area where we tend to have the most control. What factors must we weigh up in choosing a diet that is healthy for both us and the planet?

Bio: Joyce is Director of Public Affairs for Compassion In World Farming and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Washington-based Global Animal Partnership. Joyce  has been widely published on farm animal welfare issues and has worked for more than four decades to improve the lives of animals raised for food and is regarded as one of the animal welfare community’s most effective leaders.

Compassion in World Farming was started in 1967 by Peter Roberts, a former dairy farmer. He and his wife had become very concerned about the growth of factory farming, which was really taking off in England at the time. None of the animal welfare groups seemed to be doing anything about it. Out of despair, he set up his own group specifically to campaign to get factory farming banned.

Joyce took her degree at Dublin University (Trinity College) and taught in India and later in Essex. After reading Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography in 1971, Joyce D’Silva had a personal awakening leading to veganism and a life dedicated to being a voice for farm animals. She has a vegan cook bokk published “Healthy Eating for the new Age”.

Joyce has written reports on BST, veal farming and modern farm animal breeding technologies. She has written chapters on the genetic engineering of farm animals for two books, including “The Meat Business”, published by Earthscan. An article on BSE, which she wrote for an American magazine, was named one of the top 25 censored stories.

More details about Joyce and her work can be found at http://www.ciwf.org.uk

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