Talking About Eating Animals

Pace Academy teams up with Farm Forward to bring you a virtual visit from award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer and to discuss the issues surrounding today’s food industry.

“Do you eat chicken because you are familiar with the scientific literature on them and have decided that their suffering doesn’t matter, or do you do it because it tastes good?” asks Jonathan Safran Foer, acclaimed author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, in his first nonfiction book Eating Animals.

On Thursday, October 10, Foer takes the first steps towards answering this and other questions at a virtual classroom visit that discusses Eating Animals, today’s food industry, animal welfare, environmental degradation, and more. This event, which is presented by Farm Forward’s educational outreach program, will allow students, faculty, and staff to interact with Foer during a Q&A session following Foer’s opening lecture.

This event is part of Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ 2013-2014 awareness campaign on how food serves as the connection between people and the environment. Through engaging events at each campus, the FoodYou Campaign draws attention to the impacts of our food choices, delving into controversial topics such as the future of genetic engineering and the climate footprint of meat production. To learn more about the FoodYou Campaign, visit

Last year, Farm Forward held its first series of “Virtual Classroom Visits,” where Foer met with more than 2,100 high school and college students. In all, 70 college and high school classes across 20 states and 3 countries participated. The response from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive.

The event will be shown at 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. in PLV’s Miller Lecture Hall and 2:15 p.m–3:00 p.m. in NYC’s Lecture Hall West.  For more information about Jonathan Safran Foer’s virtual classroom visit, contact Caroline Craig at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.