lauren Ornelas

                                            Presenting a toy to Henry

lauren Ornelas is the founder and executive director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), an organization that works to prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment by educating and advocating for healthy and ethical food choices. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 20 years, and I first came across her work watching her TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices.

Our conversation ranges from the often hidden ways food is made to connections between human rights and animal rights, and the power consumers have to influence industries by avoiding foods associated with human or animal exploitation.

Interview Excerpts

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Introduction & What lauren Does

The Truth Behind a Bar of Chocolate

Colonization & Food Choices

The Motivation to Protect Animals

Health Impacts of Working or Living on a Factory Farm

Inequities in Food Access

Obstacles and Realities of Choosing Not to Use Animals

Comparing Human Social Movements with Animal Rights

How Human and Animals Interests are Connected

Inside the Making of a Bottle of Milk

Becoming an Activist

Investigating and Documenting Animals on Factory Farms

How Corporate Systems Impact Animal Rights

Profit Motives and Human and Animals Rights

Envisioning a Society Without Exploitation 

Being Activists and Married