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Animal Factory The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment (Paperback)

Author:  David Kirby
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312671741
ISBN-13: 9780312671747
Sku: 216905376
Publish Date: 3/15/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.5T
Pages:  512
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Massive fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. Unusual concentrations of cancer and other diseases. 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. This book is 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. 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. He follows three families and communities whose lives have been utterly changed by immense neighboring animal farms, turning them into unlikely activists.--From publisher description. *Author: Kirby, David *Subtitle: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment *Publication Date: 2011/03/15 *Number of Pages: 492 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
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Swine flu. Bird flu. Massive fish kills. Concentrations of cancer and other diseases. Recalls of contaminated meats, fruits, and vegetables.

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, and water supply—and our food itself.

In this thoroughly researched book, Kirby follows three people from small towns across America whose lives are utterly changed by immense neighboring animal farms. These farms confine thousands of pigs, dairy cattle, and poultry in small spaces, often under horrifying conditions, and generate enormous volumes of biological waste as well as other toxins. Weaving science, politics, big business, and everyday life, Kirby accompanies these citizens-turned-activists as they fight to preserve their homes and communities.  

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 safe natural resources. 

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For years, animal activists have been struggling to raise awareness about the horrific conditions which chickens and livestock are subjected to at industrial farms, but journalist David Kirby reveals that the human cost of these "animal factories" is equally devastating. Kirby focuses on three reluctant activists who were compelled to fight for their family's health and safety when their homes and water supplies were contaminated by waste and run-off from "Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations," or CAFOs. But Kirby argues that the environmental consequences of CAFOs extend far beyond local pollution, as he links factory farms to global problems such as bird and swine flu, cancer, massive food recalls, and groundwater contaminations.

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"Thanks to Kirby's extraordinary journalism, we have the most relatable, irrefutable, and unforgettable testimony yet to the hazards of industrial animal farming." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 02/15/2010

"Kirby combines the narrative urgency of Sinclair's novel [THE JUNGLE] with the investigative reporting of Schlosser's [FAST FOOD NATION]--ANIMAL FACTORY is nonfiction, but reads like a thriller....There's no political pleading or ideological agitprop in this book; it's remarkably fair-minded, both sober and sobering. Like Sinclair's and Schlosser's work, it has the potential to change the collective American mind about contemporary food issues. It deserves a wide audience, despite--or because of--the fact that it might be the most frightening book of the year." - Michael Schaub 03/19/2010

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