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There’s a New Activist in Town and She’s Full of Beans…
For the sake of variety, we normally try not to have the same guest on our show too frequently, but I had to make an exception for Susan Standfield-Spooner (Gojigo) who will be on the airwaves for the second time this summer. Hearing about her activism ideas is like taking a drink from a waterfall and you want Every. Damn. Drop.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Susan went on to study International Politics at Queen’s University before embarking on a career in television in the USA and then in 2004, moved to Nairobi. She has recently returned to Vancouver for an indefinite amount of time and has been injecting some much-needed enthusiasm, strategy and drive to the Vancouver activism scene, armed with an immense amount of life experience in many fields of work and coupled with a “we can get this done and no one is going to stop us” attitude.
In this show, Susan speaks to us about how the animal agriculture industries not only exploit animals and the planet, but humans, too. They offset their costs to the public for shareholder gain, leading to pollution and tax revenue expropriation (taxpayers fund subsidies for animal agriculture, resulting in more affordable unhealthy food and more expensive healthy food, causing increased medical expenses for all of us.) We discuss the $250-million that was just given to Canadian Dairy Farmers by the Federal Government, which highlights how the supply chain drives every big sector. The pressing issue now is “what will these animal companies do with their over-supply as the consumer market for them shrinks?”
Susan is currently applying for a research grant to study how animal agriculture is polluting the Fraser River and Estuary, and she has taken water samples from Vancouver’s Hallmark chicken slaughterhouse waste-water to be tested in a laboratory. She discusses the impact of this toxic waste run-off to the citizens of Vancouver and our natural waterways.