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Food justice author Melanie Joy to speak at Appalachian

BOONE—Author and psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy will speak Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University. Her presentation, based on her award-winning book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism,” will be in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The public is invited to attend.

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The program is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of University Sustainability and Global Studies Program and the community organization VegBoone.

Joy will explain carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. “Pulling back the curtain on carnism can help us all become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses, whatever our dietary choices may be,” she said.

Joy is a longtime advocate of social and environmental justice and animal protection.

Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor, author and speaker. She teaches psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts.