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Gene Baur Visits Babson


In early August, an Idaho federal district judge struck down the state’s ag-gag law, which criminalized undercover photography or filming inside industrial feedlots and slaughterhouses. What most captured my attention about this was the judge’s argument that it violated the First Amendment because “food production is not a private matter.”

A court’s decision to place food production in the public realm is groundbreaking for this country. Bolstered by the public’s increased interested in food-system transparency, it could signal a major shift in how America eats and conducts food business.

On September 30, Founder and President of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will visit Babson for a conversation on how the food industry impacts personal and public health, the planet, and our communities.

Gene is a food entrepreneur of the highest order, having launched his venture in 1986 selling veggie hotdogs outside Grateful Dead concerts. TIME Magazine has hailed him “the conscience of the food movement”, and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, and this past April, he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I’ve seen him speak numerous times. He is masterful at unpacking the interconnections and impacts of the food industry on our world. You do not want to miss this.

Who: Gene Baur, President and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary
What: Lecture followed by question and answer
When: Wednesday, September 30, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Olin Auditorium, Babson College