Marloes Boere (Boere is the Dutch word for farmer) grew up on a dairy farm in the Groene Hart ‘Green Heart’ of the Netherlands. Her father, uncles and aunts were farmers. As a teenager she became a vegetarian as a response to climate change. At university she studied future planet studies and philosophy to understand the complexity of the Climate Breakdown and find possible solutions for it. One day her farming uncle told her he had decided to stop the standard practice of separating the calves from their mothers immediately after they are born. Marloes realised she also had choices to make in her relations with the dairy cows and farmed animals. Shortly after that she became a vegan.
Marloes will appear at Vegfest on both Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2019. In her talk called Resolving Resentment Towards Meat Eaters, she will share her story of reconnecting with her family of dairy farmers since being a vegan. What the process has taught her about effective vegan activism. Topics will include coping with resentment, loneliness, estrangement, forgiveness, how to have clear and peaceful communication. Marloes has been featured in local and international publications, spoken at international conferences and was featured in the Safe From Harm.org ‘Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Who Became Vegan’ media campaign.
Photo credit: Free From Harm.org