A couple of interesting ag-related speakers are going to be at South Dakota State University in October.
Wes Jamison, associate professor of communications at Palm Beach Atlantic University, will talk about "The Morality of Animal Agriculture," at 7 p.m. on Oct.11 at the SDSU Performing Arts Center.
Jamison has studied the animal welfare movement for more 20 years, He is going to talk about the conflict in animal agriculture in the U.S. regarding the proper role and treatment of animals.
He will present information on the conflicting views over the ideas of consumptive use for livestock, the tactics of animal rights groups, and how the industry can use these tactics to redefine their image.
The reason the animal welfare movement is having success is because society has changed. More and more people believe farm animals should be treated as well as their own pets, Jamision says.
Jamison provides a completely new concept of how animal agriculture needs to promote its industry.
The wrong approach is to spend more money or think that you must tell your story better," he says. "What you want to tell people is that you do the right things in the right ways for the right reasons—and that meat is a good thing. It's basically that simple. It's the idea that you don't run from your moral responsibility, that you actually take it seriously—and then actually get out in front of it and advertise it."
His visit is sponsored by the SDSU Swine and Pre-Vet Clubs.
Eric Schlosser, author of the book, "Fast Food Nation," will give a presentation on "Fast Food, Big Ag and the Land," at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the SDSU Performing Arts Center. Schlosser draws attention to agriculture subjects that he says have been ignored by the media. His visit is part of the Harding Lecture Series.
Schlosser started his career as a journalist with The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. He quickly gained recognition for his investigative pieces, earning two awards within two years of joining the staff; he won the National Magazine Award for reporting for his two-part series "Reefer Madness" and "Marijuana and the Law" (Atlantic Monthly, August and September, 1994), and he won the Sidney Hillman Foundation award for his article, "In the Strawberry Fields" (Atlantic Monthly, November 19, 1995). In addition to the Atlantic Monthly, Schlosser's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Nation.
Schlosser is known for his bestselling book, "Fast Food Nation," an exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the fast food industry. "Fast Food Nation" evolved from a two-part article in Rolling Stone. Schlosser helped adapt his book into a 2006 film directed by Richard Linklater.