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Sonia Faruqi ’07 speaks about food and farm public policy

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Sonia Faruqi ’07 presenting “An Investigator’s Perspective on Food and Animal Public Policy” on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (Photo by Phil Son).

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Given the globalized nature of the food-production network, animal cruelty is a widespread and pressing issue. (Photo by Phil Son.)

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Sonia Faruqi ’07, author of Project Animal Farm, with Joanne Needham, Program Officer at the Rockefeller Center following Ms. Faruqi talk on April 14, 2016. (Photo by Phil Son).

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On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Sonia Faruqi ’07 presented a talk entitled, “An Investigator’s Perspective on Food and Animal Public Policy,” and considered the issue from a state, federal and international perspective. Given the globalized nature of the food-production network, animal cruelty is a widespread and pressing issue. Sonia Faruqi ’07 left her job as an investment banker on Wall Street to uncover the patterns of animal cruelty that still exist today. Her book, Project Animal Farm, traces her journey investigating animal farms around the world, toward the aim of benefiting animals, human health and the environment.

Project Animal Farm is the only book of its kind, has been long-listed for the Chatauqua Prize, and is also being translated for international release. The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine called the book “a critical and educational examination of the food system…”

Further, Sonia is a frequent TV and radio guest and her work has been covered in dozens of media publications, including Salon, Vice, Forbes, The Toronto Star, and The Boston Globe. The Toronto Star described her as “iron-willed, obsessively organized, and brave.”

Submitted by Devyn Greenberg ’17, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Public Programs

The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

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