Panel Discussion: Factory Farming in Minnesota

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:00pm - 7:30pm

University of Minnesota Law School, Walter F Mondale Hall, Room 25

Join us for the panel discussion, “Factory Farming in Minnesota: Time for a Change?”

The discussion will examine the social justice, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota. Factory farming is a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.

The panelists will include:

  • Sonja Trom Eayrs, a family law attorney and a farmer’s daughter
  • Colleen Carpenter, a faculty member in theology at St. Catherine University, who has written a book that discusses eco-theological issues
  • Tim Culver, an attorney and Robina Legal Fellow with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Jeff Johnson, faculty member in philosophy at St. Catherine University, who teaches courses on food ethics and ethics of eating certain animals
  • Chris Peterson, a family pig farmer and advisor to the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

Those interested in this panel may also wish to read our December blog post on factory farming in Minnesota.

If you’d like to volunteer to help table at the event, please contact Marina Kirkeide at

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