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The Great Egg Debate!


Cage Free vs. Conventional Cage Eggs

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Hollis  Auditorium

Goldwin Smith


Cornell Dining is sponsoring  a debate on the merits of Cage Free Eggs vs. Conventional Eggs between Josh Balk, outreach director of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Joe Regenstein, Professor of Food Science @ Cornell University.  This event will take place at Goldwin Smith at 5:30 PM at Hollis Auditorium (132).  As the Chair Student Assembly Dining Committee, I will moderate the debate. Hope to see you there!


Biographical information provided by the attendees:


Josh Balk, outreach director of The Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign, has helped lead efforts to improve the lives of animals by spearheading corporate policies, legislation, and investigative exposés of farm animal cruelty. Prior to working at The HSUS, Balk worked as outreach coordinator at Compassion Over Killing. While there, he worked with restaurants to add meat-free menu options, conducted factory farm and slaughterhouse investigations, and organized grassroots outreach efforts. At The HSUS, Balk primarily focuses on working with companies in the food industry to improve their purchasing practices in order to advance farm animal welfare. Balk has helped change the purchasing policies of dozens of companies, including many of the world’s largest restaurant chains, grocery stores, food manufacturers, and food service providers.


Professor Joe Regenstein

B.A. Chemistry,  Cornell (Arts)

M.S. Dairy Chemistry, Cornell (CALS)

Ph.D. Biophysics, Brandeis


Professor of Food Science

Head: Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative

Adjunct: Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (Vet)

Member: Program of Jewish Studies (Arts)

Instructor: FS 2500: Kosher and Halal Food Regulations

Instructor: AS 3100: Animal Welfare

Member: Food Marketing Institute and National Council of Chain Restaurants Animal Welfare Technical Committee

Faculty Member in the Poultry Department for 18 years



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