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Monday, April 5, 2010

Food, Inc. Whistle-Blower Coming to Bay Area for Series of Sustainability Talks

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM

  • Carole Morison.
"One more question, Mr. Pollan? Yes, thanks ― I'll make it a quick one. Shouldn't take long, I promise. So ― learning about sustainable chicken farms, pastured meat CSAs, and the horrors of industrial poultry production has been fascinating and all, but I think we all really need some answers ― one, specifically ― to a very important question: Which do you think came first, the chicken or the egg?"

If you're looking to shed light on the storied causality dilemma that has intrigued philosophers, scientists, and preschoolers for a few thousand years, the week of April 19 would be a good time to do so. Local food folks will have chickens (and their smooth shelled offspring) on the brain. You might remember Carole Morison from the documentary Food, Inc. She's the Maryland chicken farmer who blew the whistle on Perdue's vile rearing condition requirements. She's coming to the Bay Area that week to appear at a number of events, including several involving Alexis Koefoed of saintly chicken purveyor Soul Food Farm. The Vacaville operation ― as cuddly and conscientious as Perdue is massive, inhumane, and bottom line-driven ― was ravaged by a fire in September, but has survived, thanks, in no small part, to vigilant local support for its products and practices. Apparently, Morison visited Soul Food Farm a few months ago and saw, for the first time, happy plump birds waddling through sun-drenched fields, pecking gleefully at bugs and grass.

Pick your event (details after the jump), and flap on over:

Event: Soul Food Farm Dinner

Date: Mon., April 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Camino, 3917 Grand (at Boulevard Way), Oakland, (510) 547-5035

Cost: $60 includes a dinner of Soul Food Farm chicken and eggs and a talk by Morison

Tickets: Purchase online

Event: Inside the Hen House, a panel discussion introduced by Michael Pollan, moderated by Anya Fernald, with Morison and Norman and Aimee Gunsell of Mountain Ranch Organically Grown

Where: San Francisco Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room

Date: Tues., April 20, 6:30 p.m.: S.F. Ferry Building, for.

Cost: $5

Tickets: Purchase online

Event: An Evening with Extraordinary Farmers, a panel discussion moderated by author Lisa Hamilton, featuring Morison, Tony Malmberg, and Pie Ranch founder Jered Lawson

Date: Weds., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: 101 Morgan Hall, U.C. Berkeley Campus

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Tickets: RSVP here

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