The "Don't Eat Anything With a Face" debate on Intelligence Squared US is fast approaching, and, even if you won't be able to attend live, you can still watch the live stream, follow the live tweets, or live tweet it yourself! And if you miss it, you'll be able to watch it on-demand afterwards through the YouTube video, which will be embedded on the web page for the debate.
Below, I provide more information about the debate and how to watch it and participate in it.
Joel Salatin and I will face off against our worthy opponents, Dr. Neal Barnard, president and founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and Gene Bauer, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, to debate whether exclusion of animals products from the diet is the best dietary choice from a health, ecology, and ethics perspective. John Donvan will, as always, be moderating the debate. He is also a correspondent for Nightline.
I look forward to an enlightening and respectful debate. I don't agree with them about veganism, but I appreciate Dr. Barnard's dedication to using nutrition to prevent and reverse disease rather than just surgery and drugs to treat it, and I appreciate and mostly agree with Gene Bauer's thoughtful opposition to industrial factory farming.
Barnard and Bauer will be arguing for the motion "Don't Eat Anything With a Face" and Salatin and I will be arguing against it. The live audience votes before and after with clickers. Whoever persuades the most people toward their side is declared the winner. The web site will also report a more detailed breakdown of how many people changed their minds from each position (for, against, undecided) to another.
The debate takes place live at the Kaufman Center in New York City at 6:45 eastern time. It also live streams via Fora.TV, embedded in the Intelligence Squared US web site. Remember to account for differences in time zones if you don't live on the east coast of the United States. After the debate is over, it will be available to watch on-demand, but it generally takes a day for the video to go up.
Here is the web page for the debate:
Although it doesn't count toward the declaration of a winner, you can cast your vote online. The page keeps a continuous tally, which at the moment marginally favors the "against" position (our side). You can also leave comments, read relevant articles, or learn more about the debaters. Most importantly, you can watch the live stream beginning at 6:45 eastern time on Wednesday, December 4.
You can watch the live stream on a mobile device. The last time I tried, it took me a few minutes to figure it out. When I used the main icon that shows up on the screen, it took me to an error page saying my device didn't support flash. But I clicked another button more to the lower left and got it working, so at worst it should require a little toying to get it started. Update: The Partner Relations and Marketing Manager from Fora.TV told me to direct folks to use to this link to avoid problems while watching the live stream on a mobile device.
If you'd like to participate in the debate on Twitter, the handle for Intelligence Squared US is @IQ2US and the official hashtag will be #vegdebate. Other relevant Twitter handles include mine, Joel Salatin's, Neal Barnard's, and Gene Bauer's.
Enjoy! I'd love to hear what you think of the debate in the comments!