109 - The Art of Advocacy Negotiation with Leah Garces
Today’s episode is all about chicken. Mercy for Animals President and longtime animal advocate Leah Garces educates us on the current state of the chicken industry and how American consumption has changed throughout history. Her advocacy is unorthodox. She’s met with Perdue and countless other chicken farmers and companies to work with the ‘enemy’ and find a compromise to better the lives of animals. She details her work in Grilled: Turning Adversaries Into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry, and we discuss her first-hand experiences on chicken farms in this episode. We also chat about the potential of farm transformations and the advancement of plant-based options. This conversation is riveting, shocking, but ultimately full of hope. Enjoy. What we discuss in this episode: - History and current state of the chicken industry - Conditions on chicken and egg farms - Negotiating with Perdue and other chicken producers - The advocacy toolbox - Leah’s book, Grilled - Follow Leah on Instagram @leahgarces Connect with Switch4Good - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/ - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/ - Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg
Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals and author of the bestseller, Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement and has partnered with some of the world’s largest food companies on her mission to end factory farming. Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Her work has been featured in many national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, VICE magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. In this podcast, Leah chats with Harry and Matt about her life, her career in animal welfare, how her ideas and passion guided how she moved forward and seized every opportunity. And how she was able to undertake her groundbreaking and inspiring work to change the US food and chicken industry. Leah Garces website - https://leahgarces.com Mercy For Animals website - https://mercyforanimals.org GRILLED: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry by Leah Garces - https://leahgarces.com/grilled-book/
Becoming Friends With Your Arch Enemy with Leah Garces
Changed My Mind
When Leah Garces sat opposite Craig Watts in his living room it was an unlikely occurrence. Leah, a vegan and CEO at Mercy for Animals, did not expect to have much in common with the factory farmer she had spent years campaigning against. Yet, she and Watts were to become unexpected allies in the fight to improve animal welfare. She tells us how that happened, why she changed her mind about people and what her Trump supporting family taught her.
"Factory Farming and Turning Adversaries Into Allies" with Leah Garces
The Whole Health Cure
Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals and author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement and has partnered with some of the world’s largest food companies on her mission to build a better food system.Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Her work has been featured in many national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, VICE, and the Chicago Tribune. Leah has an M.S. in Environment and Development from King’s College London and has presented at global forums including RIO+10 and the World Health Organization conference on the detrimental impact of industrial animal agriculture on health, food sovereignty, and sustainability. Half Colombian and half American, Leah has lived in Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English and Spanish.GRILLED BOOKReleased in 2019, Leah’s first book, Grilled, is part memoir, part activist tell-all. Leah illustrates how her fight to end factory farming and construct a compassionate food system led her to collaborate with unlikely allies in the food industry. The book is a must-read for new and veteran animal advocates, as well as those looking to learn more about the food industry—and how to change it.Please contact Diane May (email@example.com) to request a copy of Grilled.SELECT MEDIAInterviews and ArticlesThe Ezra Klein Show: Political Animals (with Leah Garcés)Vox: Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggleVox: Replacing beef with chicken isn’t as good for the planet as you thinkNew York Times: Abusing Chickens We EatCivil Eats: Americans Eat More Chicken Than Ever. Leah Garcés Is Working to Change the Industry.New York Times: Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner?Ozy: The Vegan Activist Working Across Grocery Aisles for ChangeTenderly: Mercy For Animals President Leah Garcés Has a PlanWIRED: Why We Can’t See Inside Poultry Production, and What Might Change If We CouldVICE: Why a Chicken Farmer in North Carolina Exposed the Depressing Conditions on His Own FarmWomen You Should Know: Food’s Bright Future: Leah Garcés and the Long Struggle to Replace Factory FarmingFood Safety News: African Swine Fever’s Lesson: Big Animal Ag Is Fragile and Biohazard Suits Are Not UnusualNew York Daily News: Iowa’s New Ag-Gag Bill Assaults Free Speech AgainVideos and SpeechesTEDxSeattleHarvard Grilled talk: Turning Adversaries into AlliesHarvard Animal Law WeekNowThis: Former Factory Farmer Tries an Impossible BurgerNowThis: KFC Is Introducing Chicken-less NuggetsWEBSITEwww.leahgarces.comSOCIAL MEDIATwitter: @leah_garcesInstagram: @leahgarces This podcast is brought to you by Emory Lifestyle Medicine & Wellness. To learn more about our work, please visithttps://bit.ly/EmoryLM
019 Leah Garces: Author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry and President of Mercy for Animals
Herd Around the Barn
In this episode, Kathy and Leah discuss: Leah’s leap of faith to leave her life in England and move to Georgia to understand, and ultimately partner with, chicken farmers The lives led by newborn chicks in the six weeks they live before being killed for human consumption Her relationship with chicken farmer Craig Watts which allowed her to see that farmers, too, are agribusiness victims Working with Jim Purdue of the iconic Purdue family who wants to “be the disruptor” of the chicken industry Key Takeaways: The slaughter line at chicken facilities move so fast that gruesome errors are routine and working conditions are equally inhumane Many farmers long to get out of the business of growing animals, but are too indebted to do so. Listening to, understanding, and working with “the enemy” is the best way to bring about real and lasting change This show is brought to you by Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
Episode 98: Leah Garces and Constructing a Compassionate Food System
Broccoli and Ice Cream
Leah Garces is an author, an activist, and all-around awesome. (And amazingly alliterative.) She is the president of Mercy For Animals. Her new book is called "Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry." I recommend her, it, and this conversation. Thanks for reading and listening and doing all you're doing. Good work and good luck!
Leah Garces joins the show to talk about her new book Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.What Doesn't Kill You is powered by Simplecast.
Leah Garces: Exploring New Emerging Market Trends & Opportunities For Change
Authentic Brand Mastery Podcast
In this interview, we speak to the first female President of Mercy for Animals, Leah Garces, about huge trends emerging today that will lead us into the future. Uncover great insights around the food industry and inspiring innovations that will spark creativity in your mind as we approach 2019.
Jasmin and Mariann discuss Toronto's "Vegandale." Mariann talks to Leah Garces of Compassion in World Farming and Mercy for Animals about the future of factory farming and the Plants For A Change campaign (18:25). And as always, News (58:55) and Rising Anxieties (1:07:58).