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Transcript: Lauren Ornelas on The Power of Our Food Choices at TEDxGoldenGatePark

Lauren Ornelas, founder of the Food Empowerment Project, discusses The Power of Our Food Choices at TEDxGoldenGatePark event. Here is the full transcript of the TEDx Talk.

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“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fearne to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. Fearne’s mother explains that a piglet was born a runt and is unlikely to survive. Fearne’s father intends to kill him.

Fearne runs outside. “Please don’t kill him. It’s unfair! He couldn’t help being born small, could he? If I had been very small at birth, would you have killed me?”

“Certainly not. A little girl is one thing, a runty little pig is another.”

“I see no difference. This is the most terrible case of injustice I’ve ever heard of.”

Maybe it was those lines from Charlotte’s Web that made an impact on me as child. Just as Charlotte’s Web was woven to save Wilbur’s life, my mind started to think about how we’re all connected.

Or maybe it was Disney’s fault for helping me see and hear Bambi’s fear after losing his mother to a hunter. Or the tears streaming down Dumbo’s face as his mother caressed him with her trunk when she was chained in a circus car.

It could have been growing up in Texas and seeing the cows in the fields and imagining, “What would it be like if one of them didn’t come home because of my hamburger?” The worry, the fear the others would experience.

Or perhaps it was my parents’ divorce. I can’t say that it was just one thing that started me thinking about the families of all sentient beings, but it is a part of who I am and helps form the choices that I make in my life. The thought of losing my mum or one of my sisters was a real fear for me growing up. I was even hurt when my sisters went away to college. This was my family. I didn’t want us to be separated.

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