Matthew Prescott is senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization, and a leading figure in the global movement to reform our food system. He's a sought-after speaker, published writer and thought leader on the topic, having lectured and spoken at Ivy League universities, and for dozens of Fortune 500 food companies, banks, investment firms, and more.
For a decade and a half, Prescott has helped spearhead efforts to reform global agribusiness as it relates to animal production through engagement with stakeholders ranging from food companies and their financiers to farmers, a well as through public policy initiatives. His work has helped lead to sweeping changes in the supply chains of nearly 100 major companies--including McDonald's, Burger King, Nestle and Target (to name a few)--and several state laws impacting how animals are treated in the food supply. He's also influenced the proxy voting guidelines of top financial institutions and is a leading expert in shareholder advocacy, having pioneered never-before-used forms of the discipline.
Prescott and his work have been covered extensively by the international media: He's been featured by CNN, in the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Boston Globe, The Guardian, US News & World Report, TIME magazine, Newsweek and more; his photographs have appeared in the likes of Rolling Stone and Food & Wine; and he's appeared as a guest on national news programs such as The Glenn Beck Show. (Though he says his favorite media experiences have been appearing, for all of 10 seconds, as the subject matter expert on NPR’s quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and being interviewed by This American Life--even though his story didn't make the cut.)
Prescott lives in Austin, Texas. He enjoys painting and photography (and sits on the Board of Directors of Photographers for Animals), cooking, all manner of outdoor activities, nerding out over Vespa scooters, and staying overly-caffeinated.
“The Future of Food Finance,” Barron’s, July 2015
"Humane Food and Ethical Investment," radio interview with ABC Radio Australia's national Blueprint for Living program, September 2015
"Big Food Investors to Meet about Humane Sourcing," Reuters (interview), September 2015
“Your Pig Almost Certainly Came from a Factory Farm, No Matter What Anyone Tells You,” Washington Post, June 2014
“Industrial Farming’s Food For Thought,” Triple Pundit, May 2015
“Food and Social Media,” New York Times (letter), December 2013
“Capitalizing on Corporate Responsibility,” Grocery Headquarters, June 2014
“Taking Sides,” Supermarket News, January 2014
“HSUS Seeks Safe and Sustainable Food Supply,” Nation’s Restaurant News, April 2011
“More Humane Food Supply Can be Good Economically,” Nation’s Restaurant News, December 2013
“In Massive Shift, Nestle Takes on Animal Cruelty,” LiveScience, September 2014
“Pork Producers Prohibit Painful Pig Pens,” LiveScience, June 2014
“What Consumers can do to Improve the Lives of Farm Animals,” CNN, July 2012