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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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