Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 15 January 2017 05:17:49PM 0 points [-]

Is the Boston one different from this?

Comment author: AmyLabenz 13 December 2016 08:50:55PM 1 point [-]

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Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 10 January 2017 12:36:38PM 1 point [-]

Amy, are you involved with EAGx events at all? I've had trouble reaching people at CEA regarding EAGxMadison. If you are involved in that, and could email me at that'd be much appreciated! (And sorry this is off-topic; I didn't see a way to message you directly through the EA Forum.)

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 10 January 2017 12:33:47PM 3 points [-]

Is there any reason this info isn't yet up at ? I know some other people were looking for info on EA Global this year...

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 09 March 2016 02:52:11AM 0 points [-]

Typo(s?) 7th full paragraph, not counting the bolded sentences

"However, it’s likely that people in the developing world will eat not eat as much meat as people in the developing world for quite some time and that some fraction of the meat they do eat will not come from factory farms."

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 09 March 2016 01:53:12AM *  8 points [-]
  1. I co-founded the Effective Altruism Madison local group back in Oct 2014. We've had monthly meetups averaging 8 attendees per event (some regulars, some new people). Including my boyfriend and I, 6? of us at least have taken the Giving What We Can Pledge. I also encouraged my friend to coordinate an EA group at the local university here, and his group is off to a great start! (We also have a third EA group in the Madison area, at a large health tech company, that I can't take any credit for.)

  2. I founded and led a farmed animal committee for a local AR org almost 2 years, educating thousands of people about the cruelties of factory farming and giving them information about veg options. The org worked on a wide range of animal issues, but since farmed animal advocacy is considered most cost/time-effective, I worked to really strengthen and focus on that area.

  3. I'm the lead coordinator of Madison WI's veg fest, which more than doubled in size and drew over 4,000 attendees last year. (This event is also pro-veg advocacy and supporting those who are already veg.)

  4. Since 2011, I've donated over $45k to hopefully increasingly effective charities -- I believe my selections have gotten better each year.

(5. Way back in 2009 I helped my boyfriend, Ben West, figure out what he had to do to graduate college, which allowed him to earn lots of money at his job, which allowed him to save up and start a company, from which he hopes to donate a LOT to effective charities We continue to encourage each other to do the most we can.)

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 08 March 2016 01:58:08AM 1 point [-]

I think you meant for the "calculators" link to go here:

Comment author: Jeff_Kaufman 13 November 2015 06:07:45PM *  1 point [-]

There's not full agreement among EAs here. Yes, birds and fish are smaller, but some people think mammals matter more.

EDIT: Sorry, I misremembered this. The EAs who think "eat beef instead of chicken" might result in more animal suffering aren't going just from "mammal" status but also from environmental concerns:

I'm somewhat less gung-ho about these numbers than when I first wrote the piece because

  • Brain complexity matters somewhat and isn't incorporated. I think 40 chickens matter many times more than a cow, but not fully 40 times, whereas these figures imply ~40 times more suffering per kg of chicken than kg of beef.

  • In practice, indirect effects dominate, though of course, they're also much harder to figure out. Beef is good if it reduces wild-animal habitat but probably net bad by contributing to climate change. On balance it may be net bad if climate change dominates.

Whatever the sign is of the indirect effects, indirect effects should be more similar across animals than the suffering figures are across animals, since cows and chickens don't differ by ~40 times in their environmental impacts. Hence, these neglected factors should tend to drive the impact estimates (much) closer together.



The reason I preferentially eat chicken, eggs, and seafood, over mammals is twofold:

  • greenhouse gas emissions are 10 fold (or more) less for chicken, fish, and seafood

  • cows and pigs are not only much more intelligent, but also more emotional. I believe that they suffer more because they are smarter.

Having said that, I only buy free range and ethically farmed chicken. I eat mammals too, but very rarely, and only ethically farmed pigs/cows.


Either way, I think this isn't settled.

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 13 November 2015 06:28:40PM 7 points [-]

All vertebrates have similar physiological pain receptors (, and it seems like there's only a (possible) significant difference in ability to feel pain when you get down to invertebrates, like insects.

Comment author: Gina_Stuessy  (EA Profile) 16 October 2015 07:23:26PM 1 point [-]

(Typo: "People aren’t attracted to marketing, their attracted to people doing a good job." -- should be "they're")


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