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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Aware Editions; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601090587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601090584
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11.8 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is fantastic."
-Martha Noble, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Author

"The book is stunning, visually and every other way."
- Eric Schlosser, Author and journalist

"Wow. That's all I can say."
- Sarah Rosenberg, ABCNews Nightline

"It's a powerful, oversized volume of images and writing on an issue that has been heating up this summer and promises to be in the news this fall as food safety legislation is debated in the Senate."
- Michael Pollan, Author, journalist, activist, and professor

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Dan Imhoff is a researcher, author, and independent publisher who has concentrated for nearly 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment, and design. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books including CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories; Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill; Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World; Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood.

Dan is a highly sought-after public speaker who lectures and conducts workshops on a variety of topics, from food and farming to environmental design and conservation. He has appeared on hundreds of national and regional radio and television programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, Science Friday, and West Coast Live. His books have gained national attention with coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has testified before Congress and spoken at numerous conferences, corporate and government offices, and college campuses, including Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Vermont Law School.

Dan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media, a non-profit publishing house based in Healdsburg, California. He is the president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a ten-year-old national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature.

Between 1990 and 1995, Dan worked at Esprit International, where he was communications director for a team at the forefront of environmental product design. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Allegheny College and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

He lives on a small homestead farm in Northern California.

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I loved the idea of this book the minute I saw it in person the first time.
Chelsie Fell
This book is exactly what I need in order to show the truth to those who are unaware of the inhumane treatment of factory farmed animals.
Alana D. Centers
I won't give his ideas away as I know you will want to read this terrific book.
Kirt Manecke

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Erik Marcus on September 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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I initially thought the idea of a coffee table book on factory farming bordered on silly, but now I get it. This book is one of the most important animal advocacy resources I've encountered.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rjc on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the most important on the topic of food production today. It strips away the false image of Old McDonald growing our food. Old McDonald no longer exists, except in very few places. If you want to know the truth about how our food is produced, what food is fed to our children in school lunch programs, and where that expensive steak or seafood or premium ice cream or crunchy bacon really came from - then you want to read this book. Then, please share it with everyone you know. Buy it for them for Christmas, no, better yet - before Thanksgiving. Then go shop at your local food co-op, and ask questions.

The images will profoundly affect you, because they're not made up. They're real. Be careful about showing this book to children - the images may bring nightmares. At the least, they'll bring questions that are really hard to answer. How did we let our food system get this way? Where were we?

The series of articles and essays in CAFO bust apart all the myths about our food - literally. There are several chapters devoted to that purpose. All the authors know their respective topics inside and out, they're attorneys who've fought for clean water and clean air and safe food, conservatives who know the true meaning of conserve, people on the front lines of this war that's being fought over our countrysides, our public health, and our economy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kris Dannon on January 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What we once called a farm is now more a concentration camp than a farm.

The move toward mass-production of meat from animals has led to the industrialized factory farm, where even the space occupied by each animal has been fastidiously minimized, allowing animals to occupy and utilize only what is consistent with the operation's maximum efficiency and their rapid weight gain. Unnatural crowding is offset by diets laced with antibiotics under the intensely cramped conditions, only to reduce the possible spread of disease.. indeed a growing problem for animals and human populations alike. Other serious problems arise from factory farming, such as waste handling reservoirs that can pollute watersheds and land.

In a typical factory farm, livestock move about in cramped cages and cubicles designed not to provide living space but to merely keep them separated from their own waste. Females and males face equally cruel fates. Males may be immediately "rendered" into meal, even a day after being born (chicks). Hens are subject to battery cages with as little as one square foot of living space. Female mammals are artificially inseminated and spend much of their lives confined as nothing more than litter-making machines, and rarely have more than the minimum time following birth with their offspring. The young, stressed from early weaning, are introduced to feed concentrates, the formulation of which often makes them ill-nourished and sick though fat and heavy, planned such that they will live hardly longer than the time their processing or "rendering point" arrives. Everything is done to maximize growth and increase an animal's weight in the least amount of time.

The horrors of this method of industrial food production are shocking.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tod Brilliant on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I finally got my hands on this beauty. It's a dark beauty, to be sure, but a more powerful coffee table book you'll be hard pressed to find. By 'power' I mean the power to educate, at a glance, people from all backgrounds about the ethical violations that plague these massive animal farms. This book isn't anti-meat...it's anti cruelty and waste.

If you really mean to change minds about how animals are treated--this book and its images will be a powerful tool...perhaps the most powerful one you'll ever own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirt Manecke on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
CAFO - The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories is an incredible work that opened my eyes to the absolute horrors of factory farms. I am a blogger and was sent a review copy of this wonderful book and it set me on a path to help end factory farming.

It's an enormous and powerful book that includes essays and large photos. The photos drive the point home that medieval practices towards intelligent animals occur everyday on factory farms.

Dismantlement
One of the essays I learned a lot from was "Dismantlement" by Erik Marcus of Vegan.com. While I'm not a vegetarian and I enjoy a good burger, I want animals treated humanely no matter their destination. I suspect many non vegetarians feel as I do.

Erik writes about "Trends in U.S. Meat Consumption", "The Three Existing Movements for Animal Protection" (Limitations of the Vegetarian Movement, Limitations of the Animal Rights Movement, and Limitations of the Animal Welfare Movement), and "Building a Fourth Movement".

The "Fourth Movement" that Erik writes about is "Creating a Dismantlement Movement". I think he's onto something big! His ideas for agri-business reform make perfect sense, financially and from a moral standpoint. I won't give his ideas away as I know you will want to read this terrific book.

Nowhere To Go, Nothing To Do
One other sickening thing I learned from this book, in the page titled "Nowhere To Go, Nothing To Do: Compulsive Behavior, Physical Abuse", is that pigs are held in cage crates where they can't turn around.

Until I started reading this book I naively thought thought that animal abuses like this only happened in third world countries! The way we treat these pigs is as horrific as barbaric bear farming.
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