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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, a book by by Dr. Hal Herzog, professor emeritus, Western Carolina University will be discussed with Dr. Mike von Massow, associate professor in the department of food, agricultural and resource economics at the University of Guelph. This discussion will be a continuation of their podcast conversation, Confessions of a conflicted omnivore.

Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, animal researchers and circus animal trainers. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. His research has been published in journals such as Science, The American Psychologist, The Journal of the Royal Society, The American Scholar, New Scientist, Anthrozoös, BioScience, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Animal Behavior. His work has been covered by Newsweek, Slate, Salon, National Public Radio, Scientific American, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers. In 2013, he was given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Society for Anthrozoology. Herzog is a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Smoky Mountains with his wife Mary Jean and their cat Tilly.

Von Massow is interested in how people think about food with recent work focusing on labeling, novel food products, animal welfare and antibiotic use. He is also active in the interdisciplinary Guelph Food Waste Research Project with Dr. Kate Parizeau. Von Massow’s research also considers the structure and performance of food value chains as they evolve in response to changing consumer preferences and other factors. Von Massow speaks frequently about food waste, animal welfare and other research projects. He has written for the Globe and Mail and other publications and is often quoted on radio and in the media. As a frequent blogger with a strong presence on broadcast, print and social media, von Massow helps contribute to the department’s ongoing efforts to mobilize research in a manner that helps to inform public policy and private strategy. Von Massow has also introduced his FoodFocus podcast to discuss issues of interest in the food space. Von Massow is a member of the steering committee for the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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