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Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment Paperback – March 15, 2011
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On this particular topic, I don't think "balanced" is possible. What is "balanced" about dumping tons of sewage into public streams? Even so, the book does somewhat give us the side of the story that the CAFOs (Confined Animal Farm Operators) want to tell.
Over the years, I've read plenty on this topic of factory farms. The author's main points are correct. I disagree with his idea (implied, not explicitly expressed) that Democrats are good and Republicans are bad. I really don't see any difference between the Crips and the Bloods other than their colors and rhetoric.
Toward the end of the book, the author discussed the hope that small farmers and anti-CAFOs had in presidential candidate B. Obama. I find such hope and trust to be naive, as the man's voting record as a senator made it clear he wasn't watching out for anyone other than special interests. The golden rule is that those who have the gold make the rules. So where big money speaks, it creates a monologue. The rest of us are disenfranchised unless we go to extraordinary lengths to be heard.
The point I just made is evident in the various accounts given throughout the book. The frustration expressed by "activist" Rick Dove sums this up several different ways, several different times. I put "activist" in quotes because it's a loaded word that often gives the wrong impression.Read more ›
Animal Factory reads almost like a novel. It is NOT a dry, facts-only, tough-to-read kind of book. It tells the stories of different farmers from throughout the country. It is one of those books that keeps you up late at night, all the while you are thinking, I **have** to get up early for work tomorrow, but yet, you keep reading. And keep on reading...
This book will increase your knowledge and understanding of industrial animal farms, whether it's pigs, cows, or dairy farms. When you do read this book, make sure to read the epilogue. There are some updates there relative to the Obama administration, and the animal industry.
This book changed my life. I am now more committed to safe food production and animal welfare! It has caused me to dig deeper and continue to research the health and environmental issues regarding food production in this country. I hope it will do the same for you.
But what you may not realize is that factory farms hurt people, too: entire communities, in fact. The book Animal Factory (a must read for all concerned -vores) reveals how the CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are destroying the local community's air and adding to global warming. The manure, traditionally a source of fertilizer, gets sprayed all over, leaving toxic residue on houses, cars,--everywhere! It pollutes rivers to the point that the fish die in droves. Fishermen get sores and memory lapses from the toxins! Overuse of antibiotics creates harmful bacteria that don't respond to antibiotics. Novel viruses like the H1N1 swine flu flourish and spread. The community loses jobs because illegal workers must be hired to cut costs.
The animal factories are caught in the system, as they need to show profit for shareholders. Yet, a commission's report cited in this book demonstrated that the only reason these factory farms are profitable is that the externalized costs (such as the environmental cleanup) are not paid by the farm, but by the public taxpayer. The corporations are taking advantage of the system and lax laws at the expense of the people.
Also, Americans demand cheap food. People in the USA spend about half the percentage of their incomes on food as they did in 1966. But cheap at the checkout doesn't translate into cheap in the long run.Read more ›
Animal Factory does not aim to make a vegetarian out of the reader, something I think a lot of people will fear given the title, but on the contrary, it's more about what to look for when choosing healthy and sustainable meats, protecting the environment and people; and what can happen when the government fails, repeatedly, to do it's job.
I recommend this book to anyone who cares about their health, their community, the environment and loves a good David vs Goliath story of citizen activists. The true cost of factory farms is long-reaching and merely getting low-cost meat at the grocery can't be the only thing that matters.
Family farms matter, animal quality of life matters, the environment matters, health matters and sustainability matters. Buy this book and change your way of thinking, and be healthier for it.
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David is a MASTER writer and teacher. Thanks for another wonderful bookPublished 12 months ago by BK
Its a great book to reinforce being a vegan or vegetarian because you certainly don't look at meat the same way again.Published 15 months ago by criticalconsumer
I thought this book was very informative. I was wondering, however, that since poop is 70% bacteria (or so), why isn't a fog of poop a biological assault (and not just a smelly... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter L. Swinford
Good book to inform the reader about a bad industry. Communities, churches,and families are divided! I know, we are living in this CAFO hell.Thank God for writers like Kirby.Published on April 6, 2014 by violet
I read the first few pages and already it is a very good solid read, for anyone that wants to know what goes on in our meat industry. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by sakura_yuna
This book is a real eye opener into the US food system. I highly recommend it for those who don't know what's going on with food production in the US.Published on December 9, 2013 by Bob Figora