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Agricultural systems exploit, harm and kill sentient beings at a scale that is hard for the human mind to comprehend. They are also inherently wasteful, environmentally destructive and present a range of serious risks to the health of human sentients.

A transition to a Sentientist agriculture would work to end this exploitation and to reduce incidental harms caused to sentient beings. Ideas include switching to plant-based, vegan-motivated diets, helping farms transition (transfarmation), introducing and scaling alternatives to animal-derived products made without needless exploitation or harm and veganic agriculture systems that look to reduce or eliminate the incidental harms to sentient beings caused by plant agriculture.

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Plant-based Diet and Vegan Resources

Veganism is a philosophy, not a diet. However, it is a practical philosophy so does have direct implications for our product choices and for our agricultural systems:

Veganic Agriculture Resources:

It's not enough to transition to end animal agriculture. We also need a future agricultural system that reduces and ideally avoids the incidental harms of current arable agricultural systems. Those systems also need to meet the needs of a projected 10.4 billion human sentients and radically reduce the negative impacts of agriculture on our climate, environment and sentient health.

Transfarmation Resources:

Transfarmation is about helping animal farmers transition to livelihoods that don't involve the exploitation of sentient animals. Their motivations may be a combination of ethical, environmental, psychological, social and financial factors (many animal farmers are already losing money, in serious debt and heavily reliant on public funding for survival). There is no single approach that will work for every farm - we need thousands of different transition paths each with their own challenges. These can include growing plants and funghi as food and products for human consumption (see veganic agriculture above), animal sanctuaries (as part of the transition or longer-term), agritourism, ecotourism, storage services, renewable energy generation and environmental stewardship (e.g. low suffering density re-wilding / reforestation). Given the catastrophic inefficiency of animal agriculture (see feed conversion ratios) ultimately we will need a lot less agricultural production and land. The organisations below help support farmers in various ways with strategy, business planning, agricultural (e.g. crop rotation), legal, financial support and with general guidance through the process:

Systems Change and Lobbying Resources:

Animal agriculture industries often wield enormous political power that shapes regulations, laws and drives often substantial subsidies. These organisations work to persuade political systems to shift those regulations and subsidies towards encouraging a transition to agricultural systems that don't exploit sentient beings:

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"What if we saw ourselves as species diplomats?" - David Peña-Guzmán of Overthink - Sentientism Ep:187

David specializes in European philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of animal minds. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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"What if we saw ourselves as species diplomats?" - David Peña-Guzmán of Overthink - Sentientism Ep:187

David specializes in European philosophy, the history and philosophy of science and the philosophy of animal minds. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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Episode 186 of the Sentientism podcast (Apple link here) is a bonus cross-post of my discussion with Nick Pendergrast, co-host of 3CR's Freedom of Species radio show and podcast, about "the logic of the larder" - an argument that animal farming could be a good thing for farmed animals.
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"If you combine rationality and compassion you have the essence" - Jonathan Leighton of OPIS - Sentientism Ep:185

Jonathan is Executive Director of OPIS (Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering). A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?" "who matters?" and "how can we make a better world?"
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