Leah Garcés-Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry

Leah Garcés

Bio

Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals. She has been fighting for better food and farming systems for nearly 20 years as a leader in the animal protection movement. Leah’s work has been featured in many national media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Vice Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune among others. Leah is also on the advisory councils of Encompass and Seattle Food Tech. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

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Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry

Leah Garcés has committed her career to fighting for the rights of factory-farmed animals. As president of the nonprofit group Mercy for Animals and former U.S. executive director of Compassion in World Farming, she has led the fight against the sprawling chicken industry that raises tens of thousands of birds inside tiny cages in cruel conditions—all to satisfy the American appetite for meat. Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry is her story of working alongside the farming industry for animal welfare and ethical food. Instead of fighting and protesting and shaming—approaches that simply haven’t worked previously—Garcés has instead gotten to know the producers. This is the story of what happens when we cross enemy lines to look for solutions. It’s a story of the power of human connection, and what happens when we practice empathy toward our enemies.

Interviewer: Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health, and food policy. She is a columnist for WIRED, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University, and the author of the 2017 bestseller Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. Her earlier, award-winning books are Superbug and Beating Back the Devil.

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Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry

Leah Garcés has committed her career to fighting for the rights of the animals that end up on our plates. As President of the nonprofit group Mercy for Animals and former US Executive Director of Compassion in World Farming, she has led the fight against the sprawling chicken industry that raises billions of birds in cruel conditions–all to satisfy the American appetite for meat. Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry is her story of working alongside the food and farming industry for animal welfare and ethical food. Instead of fighting and protesting and shaming–approaches that simply haven’t worked previously–Garcés has instead gotten to know the producers. She has worked alongside owners of the megafarms, befriending them, having frank conversations with them, and ultimately encouraging change through dialogue and discussion. Leah is changing the way America farms her animals through this bold approach, and is helping to directly improve the lives of millions of farmed animals.



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