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The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories (Contemporary Issues) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Thank you for helping to spread the word about the horrors of factory farming! Unhealthy for people and oh so CRUEL to animals!Published on June 2, 2013 by wendy lahmeyer
I checked out the hardcover version from the library. Full of photographs but a monster to carry around. Thank goodness for Kindle.Published on April 28, 2013 by Stephanie Roberts
For anyone who likes meat, this is a chilling tale. I've stopped buying supermarket meat and only buy from organic sources.Published on March 1, 2012 by Carole Onderdonk