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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Kirby Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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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, best-selling author and 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 together 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 covered with soot 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent book. The author tended to err on the side of too much information, so the reading was occasionally overwhelming. But ultimately, I hope, a life-changing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole McCann | 2/14/2014

    " finally finished this book. took meticulous notes. phenomenal coverage of so many regions of the u.s. i leave tomorrow for a research trip to north carolina. i feel quite prepared for what i will encounter after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/29/2014

    " A highly readable account of three areas of the country battling the impact of concentrated animal feeding operations. The book documents how industrial agriculture made its way into American consciousness and began the return to sustainable family farming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/20/2014

    " This is a bizarre genre blend, being less of a journalistic expose and more 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 hundred pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/5/2014

    " This is a looooooonnnnnggggg book! But also very inspirational and enlightening. Now where can I buy groceries??? lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Klier | 1/5/2014

    " This is the third time i've set this book to "finished." I don't know why it keeps cropping up. Oh well... read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 12/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. Kirby packs in a ton of information but artfully attaches it to very human central characters so that it doesn't seem like too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/12/2013

    " Well researched. Fairly presented. I enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willette | 10/29/2013

    " Read it if you dare! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess Mowrey | 9/18/2013

    " This is a good book for animal rights activists and any person who does not support factory farming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/5/2012

    " On p. 80-something when I stopped reading the first time. Hope to pick it up again later, but just too intense for me right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 8/11/2012

    " I'm very interested in this subject so I was excited for this book however too much of the book was focus on the litigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 6/24/2012

    " Excellent reading if you are interested in agribusiness/food production in the U.S. Kirby's following of three families in different areas of the country and how their lives were impacted by factory farming add a personal, humane feel to the statistics and research that are featured in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/7/2012

    " Factory "agriculture" constantly horrifies me. Even when I think it can't any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/30/2011

    " Wasn't as informative as I had expected. Still a good read , opens your eyes to the farming wys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/6/2011

    " Gets overly involved in the legal process. Good for them, but not a book that is easy to just read. Felt more like a textbook at the middle and I didn't read to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/9/2010

    " His bias shows in his rhetoric but overall it was well written. I learned quite about about CAFOs and their filthy operations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 10/24/2010

    " Gets overly involved in the legal process. Good for them, but not a book that is easy to just read. Felt more like a textbook at the middle and I didn't read to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/2/2010

    " This is the third time i've set this book to "finished." I don't know why it keeps cropping up. Oh well... read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 6/23/2010

    " A highly readable account of three areas of the country battling the impact of concentrated animal feeding operations. The book documents how industrial agriculture made its way into American consciousness and began the return to sustainable family farming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 6/9/2010

    " Excellent book. The author tended to err on the side of too much information, so the reading was occasionally overwhelming. But ultimately, I hope, a life-changing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 5/29/2010

    " On p. 80-something when I stopped reading the first time. Hope to pick it up again later, but just too intense for me right now. "

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