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Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment By DavidKirby,

  • Title: Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment
  • Author: DavidKirby
  • ISBN: 9780312380588
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Swine flu Bird flu Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases Massive fish kills from flesh eating parasites Recalls of meats, vegetables, and fruits because of deadly E coli bacterial contamination Recent public health crises raise urgent questions about how our animal derived food is raised and brought to market In Animal Factory, bestselling investigativSwine flu Bird flu Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases Massive fish kills from flesh eating parasites Recalls of meats, vegetables, and fruits because of deadly E coli bacterial contamination Recent public health crises raise urgent questions about how our animal derived food is raised and brought to market In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large scale factory farms, and tracks the far reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food In this thoroughly researched book, Kirby follows three families and communities whose lives are utterly changed by immense neighboring animal farms These farms known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs , confine thousands of pigs, dairy cattle, and poultry in small spaces, often under horrifying conditions, and generate enormous volumes of fecal and biological waste as well as other toxins Weaving science, politics, law, big business, and everyday life, Kirby accompanies these families in their struggles against animal factories A North Carolina fisherman takes on pig farms upstream to preserve his river, his family s life, and his home A mother in a small Illinois town pushes back against an outsized dairy farm and its devastating impact And a Washington State grandmother becomes an unlikely activist when her home is invaded by foul odors and her water supply is compromised by runoff from leaking lagoons of cattle waste Animal Factory is an important book about our American food system gone terribly wrong and the people who are fighting to restore sustainable farming practices and save our limited natural resources.
    Animal Factory The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment Swine flu Bird flu Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases Massive fish kills from flesh eating parasites Recalls of meats vegetables and fruits because of deadly E coli bacterial contam

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    1. My first job after graduate school was in Harrisonburg, Va a largely rural community with several poultry processing plants My second apartment there was a few blocks from the biggest plant, and driving home from work or the gym I would frequently get stuck behind semi trucks heading there with cages full of chickens The cages were tiny, crammed onto the flatbed of the semis, and left open to the air during transport The chickens were small and white, and feathers typically flew whenever the tru [...]

    2. I have mixed feelings about this one I guess I should start by explaining why I read this book in the first place That d be because I m writing a novel that s set on a factory farm or a concentrated animal feeding operation CAFO as they prefer to be known and so I read this book as part of my research I needed to learn as much as I could about how factory farms operate so that I could capture their evils in what s essentially a political horror novel.The issue here is that it s long and fairly r [...]

    3. Animal Factory exposes the shocking and ugly ways large scale animal processors are impacting our environment Before reading this eye opening book, I had no idea of the pollution coming out of today s large scale pork farms, dairies, and cattle operations I always thought of farming as a fairly benign activity Cows poop in the fields, and farmers plow the manure in for fertilizer Seems harmless and natural, right It is, in a traditional farm.But today s mega farms concentrate thousands of animal [...]

    4. From my blog return Animal Factory by David Kirby is a well written, researched and documented book regarding the potential damages of industrial pig, dairy and poultry farms to not only humans but also to the environment He writes a passionate and compelling novel, and it is one sided and fairly narrow in focus even with him following three communities A balanced book would have gone farther with me than just a personal narrative about the evils of Industrial animal farming However, Kirby s jo [...]

    5. Sometimes it seems that the only people who truly support CAFOs, or animal factory farms, are those who stand to profit from them This is made brilliantly clear in Animal Factory, David Kirby s expos into the business To most people, especially those who are forced to live in their vicinity, CAFOs are a major source of environmental pollution Animal Factor follows the stories of three people trying to fight against big dairy and pork operations These stories are deeply disturbing and might actua [...]

    6. Another book by David Kirby, this book explores the ethical and environmental aspects of factory farming animals From toxic runoff and manure spray to the tearing apart of animal families, Kirby explores the story behind the production of animal products Kirby s recounting of the stories of others makes the book riveting and enthralling He meets people in court, people who live next to such farms who experience such effects every day, and people devoting their lives to fighting such atrocities I [...]

    7. I work with some of the people featured in this book and know them personally so I may be a biased reader Before my involvement in this issue, I knew nothing about the havoc factory farms cause to the environment and rural communities This book is important as it raises questions about whether cheap meat produced through vertical integration is really that cheap when you think of the high externality costs of environmental disasters, increased risks of cancer and asthma, and rural displacement.

    8. This book is about the damage to our country done by factory farms It concentrates on 3 different people and how their proximity to factory farms affected their health and their homes Astonishingly, not one of the people fighting for environmental rights, including Robert F Kennedy, Jr is vegan, or even vegetarian

    9. pThis book should be required reading for EVERYONE Animal Factory tells the story of CAFOs Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations from the personal perspective of 3 ordinary citizens turned activists Rick Dove in New Bern, NC retired from the Marine Corps with plans to run a fishing boat business with his son, but their dream only lasted 2 years before the Neuse river was so polluted that they couldn t fish it any Rick decided to try to figure out what was causing such horrific pollution this tu [...]

    10. I expected to be disappointed by this book, so I can t twit it for any bait and switching David Kirby s Animal Factory is Animal Liberation for a new generation people who care enough about animals to push for marginal improvements in their treatment, but not enough to liberate them from their status as chattel property Typical of books that take this approach, it dabbles in the mainstream of animal advocacy without so much as paying lip service to an abolitionist perspective of the issue Kirby [...]

    11. Excellent book to read if you care about how your pork, beef and chicken is raised prior to reaching your table The book focues on the formation of citizen groups in different regions around the country that were formed to battle environmental issues caused by Confined Animal Feedling Operations CAFOs CAFOs are just what the term implies, farming operations where animals sometimes in the thousands are packed so tightly into confined feeding areas that many cannot even turn around Problems arise [...]

    12. After 200 pages I had to give this up I understand all aspects of the meat industry I understand the Big companies trying to meet demand The farmers wanting to make money to take care of their families, like the men and women before them I empathize with the neighbors of these mega farms, having to deal with the smell, dust and then potential threats to there water, let alone there health I understand that there is always losses in lives of animals,whether its a mom pop farm or a mega farm I als [...]

    13. Kirby s book traces the history of the growth of factory farms by following the stories of three major families, their fight against local forces as their land and water is poisoned, and their grass roots coalition to continue the fight even in the face of politicians and greedy companies who care for nothing but the almighty dollar It s a devastating treatise, and even today North Carolina remains a state with over 2100 CAFOs, a state that is constantly being slammed by hurricanes that spread t [...]

    14. Most people who pay attention to food production in America realize that our cheap meals have come with some very troubling hidden costs However, no book I ve found has outlined the human casualties of factory farming in such a thorough and devastating manner Readers will share the quiet outrage of those rural residents who have had their backyards, waterways, livelihoods and health destroyed by massive scale pig, poultry, and cattle operations This isn t a book about animal cruelty, but rather [...]

    15. The title is Animal Factory The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment which got me expecting this to be a quality overview of factory farming s impact on the environment and humans.But the real title should be North Carolina s Neuse Valley pollution a detail burdened, meandering through CAFO pig farming and the looming legal tedium I get that the author tried to write this as a bit of a thriller to spice it up but the minute detail around what h [...]

    16. This is a book that has been done before, and been done better.I learned some interesting things from this book, so I can t completely reject its worth However, the style was irritating, in my opinion Essentially, there are three stories framing the book, about three people who have suffered and stood up to these Animal Factories I could tell the man was a journalist by his style, and unfortunately, while he is clearly a good writer, I found his handling of the case studies apologies for the wro [...]

    17. Wow, what a well researched book It is making me think than twice about where my food is actually coming from I am really glad that I stopped eating pork a couple of yr ago and now I plan to either buy organic or look elsewhere for my protein sources Even my veggies, unless organic, may be tainted The very fact that chicken feed is laced with arsenic to encourage them to eat and drink and then their poop is used as fertilizer, again spreading the arsenic onto our vegetables makes me want to ga [...]

    18. I have to first point out that the message of this book is extremely important Factory farming is a disaster that is raping the planet without end We must not give up the idea of CAFO free planet The big agriculture industrial corporations are some seriously scary motherfuckers But if everyone starts thinking about it, and starts doing just little things differently, then we can have huge change Now, that said, I have to deal with the shitty writing of this book Not everyone wants to be lead thr [...]

    19. The only reason I m giving this book four stars is because of the importance of the information it contains I understand the author s purpose in writing it the way he did, but it was hard to get through at times This is one of those books that everyone should read so they are aware of where the bulk of our food comes from and how much that needs to change It was nice that this book didn t focus on the animal welfare aspect of factory farming, but on the environmental, economical and health costs [...]

    20. It takes a lot for me to put a book down before finishing it In fact, this may be only the third tme I ve ever done so And I know this book has received many plaudits, but I just can t do it any It s too boring Nothing is sourced The conversations and dialogue are trite.It s basically a book about how three separate groups fight off factory farms I made it 70 percent through but there is no continuity and honestly not enough of a difference between the three groups to warrant three separate tell [...]

    21. This book is tough because there is so much to digest He tells the stories of about 4 people who stood up to CAFOs in their neighborhoods and the long battles that took place It was good, but exhausting He is thorough in his facts and research, so I learned some new things and was able to see how the CAFOs and factory farms in the West are impacting the Pacific I had to skim the end because I just got overwhelmed by the magnitude of agribusiness and frustrated that the only way I can fight it is [...]

    22. I was already familiar with how CAFO s affect animal welfare and food and environmental quality but this book really drove home their negative economic and personal effects on small farmers and rural residents Most upsetting to me was the epidemiologists predict that the next pandemic will start on North Carolina Pig factories which puts it geographically a little too close for comfort for me in Virginia The book is written in an easy journalistic style and follows how 3 different communities we [...]

    23. David Kirby s look at factory farming I was initially put off by the book because of its narrative I did not really want to get into the people s lives and what they thought, I just wanted all the straight facts and figures I stuck with it and found it to be worthwhile There are some people who will always champion for what s right and I m glad to know these people better I m pretty sure we can t go back to the old ways of producing food b c big govt won t allow us to, but I m glad to know there [...]

    24. Really, really good information, and as an animal science major, I find it sad that I had already learned about many of these facts, but they were distorted in a way that made me think antibiotics in dairy cows to increase milk production, what s wrong with that, except for a few extra somatic cells Although the book was extremely repetitive, it s chalk full of shocking and unfortunately very true facts I wouldn t recommend it to everyone since it can get pretty dull, but for anyone who already [...]

    25. It brings up some good issues to think about when buying animal products The journalistic aspects of the book are pretty well written The author attempted to get creative with his writing now and then It didn t work The book is quite a long read I had to keep setting it down, picking up something else to read for a while, then picking it back up again to get through it The author was too repetitive with a lot of the information in the book And he went into too much detail with the anecdotal stuf [...]

    26. I bought this book a few years ago, but I just recently got around to reading it I wish I hadn t waited so long I knew in general a lot of the big picture problems with CAFOs, and their harmful effects on the environment and on people But it was fascinating to read the specifics of the emergence of some of the anti CAFO movement and the push back and entrenchment of Big Ag at all levels of government This is a book that everyone should read, not only to understand where our food comes from, but [...]

    27. Wow, this book tells you everything you never wanted to know about confined animal feeding operations CAFOs and the pollutions associated with them A must read for anyone concerned with the health of the world around us Animal Factory is extremely informative and detailed, but it kept me reading by telling the story of CAFO pollution through the eyes of a bunch of normal American folks whose lives get turned upside down by CAFOs Definitely a dense read, but full of extremely relevant stuff, and [...]

    28. This is a bizarre genre blend, being less of a journalistic expose and of a true drama following three individuals involved in activism against factory farms in their community Relying on newspaper articles and interviews, the book actually reconstructs dialog and comments on the character s internal states, ending up reading like a novel Definitely effective in demonstrating the negative effects of too much animal waste in one place, but way too long the tales become repetitive after a few hun [...]

    29. Disturbing, really disturbing I m considering becoming a VEGAN or at least buying organic free range birdies, beef and dairy products Very nasty business sad that food provided by sustainable farming is still so much expensive than that produced by the CAFOs, and that so few people can afford to make the change.

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