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This eye-opening book, urging a massive rethink of how we raise livestock and how we feed the world, deserves global recognition Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall A devastating indictment of cheap meat and factory farming. Don't turn away: it demands reading and deserves the widest possible audience Joanna Lumley Offers the kind of realistic and compassionate solutions on which our prospects for a truly sustainable world depend Jonathon Porritt This incredibly important book should be read by anyone who cares about people, the planet, and particularly, animals Jilly Cooper Lymbery brings to this essential subject the perspective of a seasoned campaigner - he is informed enough to be appalled, and moderate enough to persuade us to take responsibility for the system that feeds us Guardian Book of the Week This meaty account makes a distinctive and important contribution, eschewing the narrowly domestic focus of many of its predecessors in favour of a global investigation ... An engaging read - and it also gives a full enough picture of the situation in the UK to preclude any smugness on the part of the British reader. Anyone after a realistic account of our global food chain, and the changes necessary for a sustainable future, will find much to get their teeth into here Felicity Cloake, New Statesman There's no end to techno-idiocy in pursuit of profit. But far more concerning is Lymbery's contention that the wastefulness of feeding human-edible plants and fish to animals is not just absurd but catastrophic. The main reason for hacking down the remaining South American forest is to grow soy to feed the pigs and chickens of China Evening Standard Farmageddon is an excellent book: a fine overview of what's gone wrong, with case histories and possible solutions that give cause for hope Literary Review Lymbery's book carries great emotional impact ... Farmageddon brings fresh new material to vexed questions about how our food systems affect our health and our environment ... Farmageddon's central message is powerful: industrial farming is playing havoc with nature even while it fails at its main goal Times Literary Supplement

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Philip Lymbery is the CEO of leading international farm animal welfare organization, Compassion in World Farming and a prominent commentator on the effects of industrial farming.

Isabel Oakeshott is Political Editor at the Sunday Times and commentator on BBC One's Sunday Politics show.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408846446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408846445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Lymbery is an expert on our food system, especially how that system is broken and in desperate need of repair. As someone who spends a lot of time myself studying how we produce food, I learned a lot from Lymbery's book and found it very worthwhile. It's an important contribution to the literature and should be required reading for anyone interested in reforming our agricultural systems. Critically, Lymbery takes aim at the environmental devastation wrought by animal agribusiness, recommending both ways to reduce the harm this industry causes as well as ways we can all simply eat fewer animals, and of course more plants. Farmageddon is a sobering, yet hopeful book, and I highly recommend it.
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This is a very informative and readable book and provides an excellent insight into modern day intensive livestock production systems. It certainly provides much “food for thought” on how mankind has “gone off the rails” in their quest to develop systems to more economically feed the world on animal protein at the expense of animal well being. Unfortunately the text contains many emotive descriptions of modern day livestock production systems and this detracts from the book’s readability and “take home messages”.

The changes in the intensive farming of poultry (for meat as well as eggs) and of pigs (particularly pregnant and lactating sows) has led to drastic reductions in their welfare and that would not be disputed by any compassionate livestock producer. One could also agree with the authors regarding the reduced welfare of intensively, but poorly managed, lot fed beef cattle and dairy cows. However the management of milking cows can be such that their welfare is hardly compromised. Granted beef and dairy cattle, being ruminants have been traditionally provided with access to pastures thus adequate space to move around in and to harvest their own forages. When managed off pasture, rarely are lot fed beef cattle provided with facilities to lie down undisturbed. However, dairy cattle, both milking cows and young stock, can each be provided with a separate resting place with clean, soft bedding such that they can lie down for as long as they would when provided with free access to pasture. This will allow for the provision of all they require for their comfort and welfare. The provision of additional overnight space in the form of an outside sand or dirt yard will also allow them to display when they are on heat, this allowing them to be successfully inseminated as the now normal management of dairy cows, rather than be serviced by a bull.
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An eye opening book that details the huge problems associated with raising animals in large numbers in close proximity around the the world. Its a depressing read when you find out how much the large corporations get away with. Go plant-based and stop supporting them.
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This book does a wonderful job of describing farming methods over the entire globe as well as global methods of raising food for human consumption. This includes cattle, chickens and pigs. It is sure to make a vegetarian out of you. The statistics and brutality is incmprehensible and sobering. Definitely a must read.
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By AlisonW on February 9, 2016
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‘Farmageddon’ is a thought-provoking and very readable account of what is going on in the farming industry worldwide and how that not only has consequences for the animals but also for all of us. I have to be honest, I have a lot more respect for livestock farmers than I do for the majority of meat eaters who pop into the supermarket, buy a £2.99 chicken for dinner and don’t for one second think about how that chicken was raised and killed so cheaply. The type of people who put their fingers in their ears and don’t want to know where their food comes from. People seem to still believe that pigs and cows and sheep and chickens all live on Old MacDonald’s farm, happily chomping away at grass in the fields or pecking in the farmyard, despite all the evidence that’s now available to the contrary.
The consequences of humanity’s reliance on meat are far-reaching and potentially devastating. This book explores in a thoughtful and intelligent way the disasters that have already been caused by our appetite for cheap meat - the decline in the number of birds, for example (in the last forty years the population of tree sparrows, grey partridges and skylarks, among others, have plummeted), the threat to bees, and the pollution caused by the need to get rid of the huge amounts of waste produced by the millions and millions now being farmed.
I know from experience that people don’t want to be preached at - and this book isn’t preachy at all. The author isn’t trying to make you vegan - he is just telling you what he has seen, from China to the US, to South America and though Europe, and gives options and alternatives that could see an end to the suffering of those millions of animals (and they do suffer) and better health and a better environment for everyone.
This book is, in my opinion, an absolute must read. It isn’t always comfortable reading, but it’s time we pulled our fingers out of our ears.
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If you ever had any doubts about our government's complicity with animal agriculture, and the lengths this industry is willing to go to protect their profits, this book will settle any of those doubts.
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Kudos to the author for exposing the despicable practices that occur in factory farms. This should be required reading for everyone. Too many people are unaware of the unimaginable cruelty being perpetrated every day because there is a disconnect between what they see on their plates and where it comes from. There is overwhelming scientific evidence to show that animals have emotions. They feel pain and suffer greatly. For those people who choose not to see this, the health and ecological arguments against factory farming are compelling. I will recommend this book to everyone I know in the hope that they will boycott food raised this way.
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