Leah Garces 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 worlds largest food companies on her mission to build a better food system. This is a conversation about factory farming, the impact it has on all aspects of our lives and how we can move forward and away from it in a way that benefits us all. Leah shares her personal story and what put her on this path, she talks about her work, the wins, and the vision she holds for the future. Tune in to learn more! This podcast is brought to you by Emory Lifestyle Medicine & Wellness. To learn more about our work, please visit https://bit.ly/EmoryLM
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.
Released 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.
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Interviews and Articles
The Ezra Klein Show: Political Animals (with Leah Garcés)
Vox: Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggle
Vox: Replacing beef with chicken isn’t as good for the planet as you think
New York Times: Abusing Chickens We Eat
Civil 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 Change
Tenderly: Mercy For Animals President Leah Garcés Has a Plan
WIRED: Why We Can’t See Inside Poultry Production, and What Might Change If We Could
VICE: Why a Chicken Farmer in North Carolina Exposed the Depressing Conditions on His Own Farm
Women You Should Know: Food’s Bright Future: Leah Garcés and the Long Struggle to Replace Factory Farming
Food Safety News: African Swine Fever’s Lesson: Big Animal Ag Is Fragile and Biohazard Suits Are Not Unusual
New York Daily News: Iowa’s New Ag-Gag Bill Assaults Free Speech Again
Videos and Speeches
Harvard Grilled talk: Turning Adversaries into Allies
Harvard Animal Law Week
NowThis: Former Factory Farmer Tries an Impossible Burger
NowThis: KFC Is Introducing Chicken-less Nuggets
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