FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
July 11, 2012
Food Empowerment Project is such an effective food justice organization because it focuses on the interconnected issues of human rights, animal rights, and environmental justice. When I have tabeled for F.E.P as a volunteer, I will undoubtedly speak with: a social justice advocate who didn't realize the suffering caused by factory farming for both workers and farmed animals -- or an animal rights activist who, after hearing Founder lauren Ornelas' talk, is informed & empowered to purchase foods that are not only free of animal suffering, but free of human slavery (example: http://www.foodispower.org/slavery_chocolate.htm). F.E.P not only raises awareness, they provide simple tools to take action and make a difference (http://www.foodispower.org/takeaction.htm). F.E.P. unites all behind a common cause of seeking a more just and sustainable world.
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FOOD EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
July 29, 2011
Led by founder lauren Ornelas, the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. F.E.P. encourages healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas. lauren Ornelas speaks with passion and solid facts to enlighten others of the consequences of their food choices, and what they can do to make the world and better place for people and animals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Witnessing people's shock when they learn they are supporting human slavery by buying chocolate, and then deciding to only support companies F.E.P. has endorsed as slave-free. F.E.P.'s extensive research into chocolate sources has put the pressure on companies to be ethical and transparent.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Clone lauren... :) and experiment with different fundraising tactics so we can raise more money to print our literature, etc. (Example: $20 or greater donation = free F.E.P. t-shirt"). Organize more field trips (and advertise widely) to farmworker organizations such as ALBA and Center for Farmworker Families to learn who about who grows/harvests our food and how.
Volunteer & F.E.P. social media via Facebook/Twitter to share our action alerts, blog posts, and food justice articles. Contributed to extensive, well-organized fundraising bakesale. Tabled at conferences to share intersections between human and animal rights.