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Brenda Sanders Interviews Chloe Waterman

Brenda Sanders interviews Chloë Waterman, who currently serves as the senior program manager for Friends of the Earth's climate-friendly food program where she leads policy and markets campaigns to advance a healthy and climate-friendly food system on Capitol Hill and state houses and across City governments. She has pioneered climate-friendly food procurement policies initiatives to expand plant-based School Meal offerings and other policies to build a just and sustainable food system. Chloe previously served as the senior

manager of State Legislative strategy for the American Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the ASPCA where she successfully lobbied for a wide range of animal protection

legislation and was instrumental in defeating pro-factory farming measures. Chloe holds a BA in Environmental Studies and philosophy from Lewis and Clark College and a master's degree in applied economics from the University of Maryland. She currently resides in Prince George's County, Maryland where she serves as co-chair for the Prince George's County Good Equity Council. She lives with her dog Jackal and a rotating cast of foster animals and she can often be found gardening on her roof.

Some key moments in this podcast:

[ 5:14… ] Chloë talks about the real cost of those .99 hotdogs and how heavily subsidized the meat and dairy industry really are: “ dogs are only able to be .99 because the government allows factory farming to essentially go unregulated…”

[ 6:08… ] Chloë and Brenda discuss how dairy milk is forced on children in public school: “here in Baltimore…where the children have to take a carton of milk...where before they can throw the milk away, they have to take a sip of the dairy milk before they can throw it away and that just seems so unreal to me especially since a lot of these schools are in marginalized communities where the populations of children tend to be lactose intolerant, so it's almost like a form of torture… and it's so clear to me that that law is in place not for the benefit of

our children, but really for the benefit of the dairy industry and you know cow's milk has a long and sordid history associated with colonization…”

[ 8:42… ] Brenda asks, with so many issues needing attention right now, why should unsustainable food production be such a priority right now: “...because of the way it is connected to the core social justice issues of our time…animal agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of climate change…”

[ 29:54… ] Brenda and Chloë talk about how other industries are connected with Big Ag: “...the pharmaceutical lobby is really deeply invested with the animal agriculture lobby because 80 percent of our antibiotics go to farmed animals…”

[ 35:06… ] Brenda and Chloë discuss the resistance to transitioning to plant based foods: “...we believe that people will shift their diets if the policies facilitate that…”


Brenda Sanders is a vegan food justice activist who co-founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that offers free classes, workshops, cooking demos and other programming that supports people in living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. She’s also executive director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to people in marginalized communities to assist them in transitioning to veganism, co-creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living and co-owner of The Greener Kitchen, a vegan deli and food distributor that produces plant-based foods that are both affordable and accessible. Brenda is also the host of Food & Justice, a weekly online video series and podcast that tackles issues of food access, environmental justice, health disparities, dietary racism, and other topics related to food and justice.



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