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CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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 often 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 (approx 200 million male chicks every year are rendered immediately after birth). 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 in cement-lined breeding stalls as nothing more than litter-making machines, and rarely have more than a brief period with their offspring following birth. The young, stressed from early weaning, are introduced to feed concentrates, the formulation of which often makes them ill-nourished and sick, although fat and heavy, such that they would not even live longer than the time their processing or "rendering point" arrives.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book I received was the correct book but had pages falling from the split and tattered binding. Extremely unsatisfied.Published 16 months ago by Jason Kirby
This splendid work provides a visual tour of the highly engineered environments in which farm animals are forced to live miserable lives, unable to engage in behaviors natural to... Read morePublished on October 21, 2014 by Jerry Parisella
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. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Alana D. Centers
This is a MUST have for any farm store. Great way to help people see and learn the truth about the horror of CAFO operations in the U.S.Published on March 14, 2014 by Benjamin
This is a book that is purely biased in research and sadly striking fear into the hearts of consumers about the safest food supply in the world. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Becca Moest
I have large books and am an avid reader, but this book is the biggest size-wise I have ever come across. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Slydog
A sickening look at a huge economic and environmental issue that is usually kept invisible and protected by permissive regulations. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Brad Rockwell