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"But for the past several decades, factory farms have made meat ever cheaper, and -- as the excellent book The CAFO Reader makes clear -- the pain and trauma are thrown in for free."
--The Atlantic, March 2011

"Essential reading."--Evening Standard

"Not only are most of the top critics of factory farming gathered together, the excerpts chosen represent some of their most important work. In short, no other book provides such a thorough introduction to factory farming."--National Catholic Reporter

"Gives a full picture of the environmental, social, and ethical implications of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations."--Grist Magazine: Environmental News & Commentary

"For those who care about one of the greatest moral failings of our times, the Cafo Reader is indispensable."--Choice

"The [book] is not meant solely to create shock and awe, but instead provides lines of reasoning that have the capacity to stick."--Edible San Francisco

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The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories provides an unprecedented overview of concentrated animal feeding operations -- aka CAFOs -- where increasing amounts of the world's meat, milk, eggs, and seafood are produced. The rise of the CAFO industry around the world has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. The intensive concentration of animals in such crammed and filthy conditions dependent on antibiotic medicines and steady streams of subsidized industrial feeds poses moral and ethical concerns for all of us. Featuring more than thirty essays by today's leading thinkers on food and agriculture, The CAFO Reader is a behind-the-scenes journey into the dismal world of animal factory farming. It also offers a compelling vision for a healthier animal food system: one that is humane, sound for farmers and communities, and safer for consumers and the environment.
"Factory farming isn't just killing: It is negation, a complete denial of the animal as a living being with his or her own needs and nature. It is not the worst evil we can do, but it is the worst evil we can do to them. It confronts us with the animal equivalent of Abraham Lincoln's condemnation of human slavery: 'If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.'" -- Matthew Scully, Dominion
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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Issues
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Watershed Media; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970950055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970950055
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tod Brilliant on July 14, 2010
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I've read a fair number of books, essays and blog posts about industrial farming. About meat eating. About the virtues of one diet over another. I've seen the topic politicized and 'soapboxed' every which way. Finally, in the CAFO Reader I've found a book that takes a reasoned, articulate and compelling view.

I'll send this book to my liberal and conservative family members, to my carnivorous and vegan friends. Where it excels is in avoiding the hyperbole and old saws, replacing them with the staggering power of factual analysis of an incredibly problematic (I'm being nice) industry.

If you eat food, and give a damn about yourself and your future, this is essential reading.
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I'm an academic, and I picked this up based on some now-forgotten recommendation to consider for a class on food issues that I'll be teaching during Spring 2012. I was especially attracted by a number of prominent names listed in the table of contents: Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Anna Lappé. These are great writers on our contemporary food system, and it would be great to able to assign one anthology to my class with selections from all of them. Also, I've been vegetarian for nearly 13 years, so I was quite sympathetic to the overall aims of the book. However, there are enough problems with this book that I will not be using it for my class, though I may assign some particular chapters; and in any case I would hesitate before recommending it to anyone.

First, let me note that this book does a few things well: It includes both vegetarians and locavores in its discussion, instead of focusing on just one and alienating (or demonizing) the other. It includes several chapters on fish and the status of workers in our industrialized food system; too often we focus on the suffering of non-human mammals. Other chapters consider CAFOs from more scientific or technical points of view: the economics of food; biodiversity and natural selection. Again, these are issues that are often overlooked. And the pieces by the prominent names are well-done, though they're mostly reprinted.

On the other hand, roughly half of the chapters in this book are simply horrible, with overwrought emotional writing, little to no evidence, and tissue-thin arguments. If I gave this to a class of bright college students, they'd tear it to shreds -- and no doubt lose respect for me for assigning it.
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I became an advocate for animals when I clicked on the humane society's undercover work on an industrial pig farm. Although I "knew" factory farming was bad I was both afraid of seeing the images and unaware of how terrible it really is. My eyes have now been opened and I will never turn back from adding my voice and donations to stop this terrible evil of our times. I have read many books on factory farming and other animal issues. This is the best book I have read to date on this subject. It is a compilation of essays by a whole range of concerned people in many fields. It is incredibly interesting and hard to put down, does not over-do the emotionalism which is inherent in such a subject, while laying out all the facts in a very well researched and complete way. Just read this book - it will give you the whole picture.

In addition to the cruelty aspect this book lays out the incredible environmental cost of industrial agriculture, and gives extremely viable alternatives. We have all been fed a huge lie just to keep increasing the profits of big agra business at the expense of the planet. This is a completely unsustainable model kept going by corporate greed and government turning a blind eye to the excesses and downright criminality of their corporate buddies. The bio-diversity and climate of our planet is being affected. I feel much more educated on the subject now that I know the facts and figures of where factory farming is taking us.

I thank everyone who contributed to this wonderful book.
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By Desert Heart on September 21, 2012
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This a stunning, human,intelligent and important book that everyone should read. It should be required. It should be taught in the classroom. It is important to be reminded of our capacity for empathy and our power to relieve certain atrocities via personal choice, when so many world issues seem beyond our influence. This one is easy on a person by person scale.
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in where food comes from and why we must change our ways. It's not WHAT'S for dinner but WHO'S for dinner and we must come to terms with the choices we make. We can all do more to make this a kinder and more compassionate world for all beings. This book would be great for discussion classes and reading groups.
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