David Robinson Simon, animal advocate and author of the 2013 book "Meatonomics", will speak in San Francisco on Monday February 24 at noon, at the Commonwealth Club. Thanks to Tanya for bringing this to our attention. Tanya notes:
"Strangely, the 2 guests are the author and a rep from the cattle industry. (Wouldn't it be wonderful if every cookbook, diet book, and health-related book event included a rep from the world of plant-based whole-foods for 'balance'!)"
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Mon, Feb 24 2014 - 12:00 pm
David Robinson Simon, Author, Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much – and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter
Tim Koopman, President, California Cattlemen's Association
Everything we eat has a climate impact. From livestock production to chemical agriculture, our choices lead to different carbon footprints. Meatonomics is the first book to add up the huge externalized costs the animal food system imposes
on taxpayers, animals and the environment, finding they total about $414 billion annually. If producers were forced to internalize hidden costs, its author says, a $4 Big Mac would cost about $11. How will changing weather patterns impact the world's food supply?
How can the economics of food affect carbon footprints? Join us for a conversation with Meatonomics author David Robinson Simon and other experts on the future of eating in an era of climate change.
Climate One Connect
Audience members are invited to engage in breakout group conversations led by the speakers for 20 minutes following the program. We hope you'll take part in this unique opportunity to delve deeper into solutions for sustainable living!
Location: SF Commonwealth Club Office
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $20 non-members, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students (with valid ID)
[see that webpage if you want to get tickets]
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Bio of David Robinson Simon:
David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and animal advocate. His book "Meatonomics" (Conari Press, 2013) explores the economic system underlying meat and dairy production. Among other things, he shows that producers have kept animal food prices
artificially low by imposing their production costs on society, and the resulting low prices are the main reason Americans consume more meat per capita than anyone else on the planet. Dave is the founder or co-founder of several vegan and/or animal rights groups,
including the Greater Orange County Animal Rights Roundtable (www.meetup.com/gocart) and Orange County Verbal Vegans. He is also a member of the board of directors of Animal Protection
and Rescue League (APRL) and the APRL Fund, non-profit organizations dedicated to ending animal abuse. Dave received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He works as general counsel for a healthcare company, and
when he's not at work, he provides legal support for animal advocates. His legal efforts (including three lawsuits) have forced many shopping malls in Southern California to increase the access privileges accorded to animal activists.