Temple Grandin, an autism activist and pioneer in humane livestock handling practices, will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International conference.
Temple Grandin, autism activist and champion of humane livestock handling practices, will deliver the keynote address at the Farm to Table International conference in New Orleans Aug. 9.
The conference will explore cultivation, consumption and distribution practices for food and drink, both locally and globally. Speakers and panelists include leaders in the farm-to-table movement and topics range from urban farming methods to sourcing local foods and enhancing sustainability in the food industry.
Grandin, who is autistic, has worked as a consultant to the livestock industry, where she promotes humane livestock handling processes. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and is considered an expert on the behavior of cattle; she says her interest was piqued due to her own experiences of feeling anxious and threatened by her surroundings.
After studying the cattle’s behavior – watching how animals reacted and moved when prompted by ranchers and their responses to objects and light – Grandin designed curved cattle corral, intended to reduce stress and panic in the animals while they are being led to slaughter. Grandin's designs are used in cattle facilities across the U.S. and she consults for food giants such as Burger King, McDonald’s and Swift.
The conference runs Aug. 8 to Aug. 10 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Grandin will speak at 3:30 p.m. Aug 9. For more information visit the conference website.