This is a workshop design from an Animal Liberation Gathering in Summer 2014.
With the UK and Western Europe having some of the highest land ownership concentrations in the world (1% owning 70% in the UK), the dominance of animal farming is inevitable. This workshop looks at how we can connect with struggles for access to and redistribution of land, food sovereignty and alternatives to industrial agriculture, as a way of working for animal liberation and plant-based ways of meeting our needs without exploitation.
Aim of workshop
1. To introduce animal liberation advocates to struggles around access to land, land use and food sovereignty.
2. To support participants to draw their own conclusions about potential points of intervention and connection between these movements.
1. Intro to myself, aims of the workshop
2. Introduce industrial agriculture
Use an example of a standard “cruelty- free” veggie sausage e.g. Linda McCartney. Do a popcorn to encourage people to help you complete the map of its production. See the notes below for more detail. It may be worth drawing a neat mind map and hiding it until ready to fill the gaps.
Use this as a conversation about the complexities of industrial agriculture. Does it deserve the label ‘cruelty free?’
3. How do patterns of animal abuse relate to patterns of land use? (Popcorn)
E.g. give examples hunting, fishing etc
3. Who owns this land and how is it controlled?
4. In small groups: visualise land use if animal liberation is achieved? How do we get there?
Use as an opportunity to introduce tools such as permaculture, agroforestry etc.
5. Introduce food sovereignty.
Give Food Sovereignty handouts. Briefly introduce Reclaim the Fields, UK Food Sovereignty Movement
6. Emphasise complexity. E.g. How there will be people at food-related events with different worldviews on animals. What does this mean for us? What is our role in reclaiming the food system?
7. Invite any clarifying questions. Share resources & upcoming events.
8. Close with a go-round of brief feedback & personal next steps.
Veggie Sausage Mindmap
– Biodiversity decline
– Displacement of indigenous peoples
– Water use
Use of pesticides, fertilisers, herbicides
– Tested on animals
– From fossil fuels
– Climate change (list all those other affects)
– Water run-off
– Poisoning & wildllife
– Soil contamination
– Corporate control of seeds
– Affects on communities/autonomy
– Pesticide use & health (brain damage, cancer, fertility, birth defects)
– Poor working conditions
– Fats/heart disease
– Pollution from transportation
– Fossil fuel use (climate change, pollution)
– Road building & infrastructure
– Habitat destruction
– Health impacts
– Factory workers/control/wage slavery
– Huge amounts of energy
– Packaging waste, landfill
– Supermarket control/retail power
– Impact on local shops
– Worker exploitation