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Earth Talk Video: Eating green for animals and our planet - Joyce D’Silva

This Earth Talk given at the College on 18 November, 2014 is given by Joyce D'Silva, ambassador and former Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming, the leading charity advancing the welfare of farm animals worldwide.

Sustainability is not just about light bulbs and bicycles! What we eat may have the greatest impact on our planet’s climate and environment – and on animals too. How far should we go? Caring carnivore, veggie or vegan? Find out more and make your own mind up!

Joyce D’Silva

Joyce is Ambassador and former Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming, the leading charity advancing the welfare of farm animals worldwide. Joyce played a key role in achieving the UK ban on sow stalls in the nineties and in getting recognition of animal sentience enshrined in the European Union Treaties.

Joyce is an expert on the issues around industrial animal agriculture, including farm animal welfare. She has given evidence to the UK and New Zealand governments on genetic engineering of animals and in 2007, she was invited to make a presentation to the European Commission’s European Group of Ethical Advisers on the welfare aspects of cloning farm animals for food.

Joyce initiated Compassion's 2005 Conference "From Darwin to Dawkins: the Science and Implications of Animal Sentience", which attracted over 600 delegates from 50 countries. In 2010 publishers Earthscan commissioned Joyce to produce/edit the book “The Meat Crisis” with Professor John Webster as co-editor. She represents Compassion on the Management Committee of the new alliance: Eating Better for a fair, green, healthy future (link is external) which aims to reduce meat consumption in high-consuming populations and promote humane, healthy and sustainable diets.

Before she worked for Compassion, Joyce wrote the second vegan cookbook published in the UK: “Healthy Eating for the New Age” published by Wildwood House in 1980.

Key Publications related to the video
D’Silva, J. (2013) ‘Why industrial livestock farming is unsustainable’ in UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

D'Silva, J. (2011). ‘Policies for Sustainable Production and Consumption’, in Behnassi, M. and Draggan, S. Global Food Insecurity (link is external): Rethinking Agricultural and Rural Development Paradigm and Policy, Springer

D'Silva, J. and Webster, J. (eds) (2010) The Meat Crisis: Developing more sustainable production and consumption (link is external), Earthscan

D'Silva, J. (2008) ‘The Urgency of Change: A view from a campaigning organization’, in Dawkins, M. and Bonney, R. (eds) The Future of Animal Farming (link is external). Blackwells

D'Silva, J. (2005) ‘Ourselves and Other Animals: The ethics of farming’, in Brown, M. and Kelly, R. J. (eds) You’re History! How People Make the Difference, Continuum

D’Silva, J. (2003) ‘Farm Animal Welfare’, in Reiss, M. and Levinson, R. (eds) Key Issues in Bioethics. Routledge Falmer