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#8 Classic episode - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes

#8 Classic episode - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes

Update: 2019-01-161
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Rebroadcast: this episode was originally released in September 2017.



Every year tens of billions of animals are raised in terrible conditions in factory farms before being killed for human consumption. Over the last two years Lewis Bollard – Project Officer for Farm Animal Welfare at the Open Philanthropy Project – has conducted extensive research into the best ways to eliminate animal suffering in farms as soon as possible. This has resulted in $30 million in grants to farm animal advocacy.



Links to learn more, episode summary & full transcript



Jobs focussed on ending factory farming



Problem profile: factory farming



We covered almost every approach being taken, which ones work, and how individuals can best contribute through their careers.



We also had time to venture into a wide range of issues that are less often discussed, including:



* Why Lewis thinks insect farming would be worse than the status quo, and whether we should look for ‘humane’ insecticides;

* How young people can set themselves up to contribute to scientific research into meat alternatives;

* How genetic manipulation of chickens has caused them to suffer much more than their ancestors, but could also be used to make them better off;

* Why Lewis is skeptical of vegan advocacy;

* Why he doubts that much can be done to tackle factory farming through legal advocacy or electoral politics;

* Which species of farm animals is best to focus on first;

* Whether fish and crustaceans are conscious, and if so what can be done for them;

* And many others



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The 80,000 Hours Podcast is produced by Keiran Harris.
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#8 Classic episode - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes

#8 Classic episode - Lewis Bollard on how to end factory farming in our lifetimes

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