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August 27, 2012

Home and Garden Briefs: Aug. 27, 2012

Chicken farmer to speak at local events

HARRIETSTOWN — Carole Morison, the former Perdue contract chicken farmer featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Food, Inc.,” will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Her talk, “Industrial Farming to Pasture-Raised: Progressing the Sustainable Food Movement,” will highlight her prior experience with Perdue as well as the recent transitioning of her farm to a pasture-based egg farm in Maryland. Now an activist for the rights of family farmers, Carole and her husband parted ways with Perdue after 23 years when they terminated her contract shortly before the release of “Food, Inc.” for her refusal to install dark, tunnel-ventilated chicken houses.

Her talk will begin with a screening of the short clip of the portion of the film in which she is featured. She now works as an agricultural consultant specializing in the development of local food systems and champions the idea of abolishing the secret practices of industrial food production.

Morison will also visit Saranac Lake for the Farm 2 Fork Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, with Animal Welfare Approved, a program that audits and certifies family farms raising their animals humanely, outdoors on pasture or range. Morison will speak briefly at the festival at 10:30 a.m.

Her talk is part of this year’s Adirondack Green Circle Speakers Series, “The Green Circle Speaks: Savoring and Saving the World.”

For more information, contact Gail Brill at 891-0182.

 

 

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