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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 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464762
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Swine flu, bird flu, unusual concentrations of cancer, food recalls due to deadly E. coli bacterial contamination: our American food system has gone terribly wrong. Recent public-health crises are raising urgent questions about how our animal-derived food is produced and brought to market. In Animal Factory, bestselling author and investigative journalist David Kirby follows three families and communities whose lives are utterly changed by immense neighboring animal farms. In his thoroughly researched book, Kirby exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms and tracks their far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A new book explores the hidden costs behind that one dollar burger…As David Kirby illustrates in his new book, Animal Factory, this way of raising livestock has been linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria and food-borne illness. The author explains what’s gone wrong and how it all might be fixed.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Nature did not intend for animals to live and die in a factory assembly line. In David Kirby’s startling investigation Animal Factory, he gives a human face to the terrible cost our health and environment pays for this so-called ‘cheap food.’ This is a story that is seldom told and rarely with such force and eloquence.”

    Alice Waters

  • “Kirby combines the narrative urgency of Sinclair’s novel with the investigative reporting of Schlosser’s book—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.”

    National Public Radio, “Books We Like”

  • “The time has come to end the greedy and destructive practices of animal factories. As the readers of Kirby’s book will learn, nature’s clock is ticking and much is at stake for the planet and all of its inhabitants. Each page of this book is filled with powerful information. It has all the makings of a number one bestseller.” 

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

  • “David Kirby exposes confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) focusing on the neighbors of these mass producers. They tell of having the smell of fermenting livestock waste drift into their windows and ruin their lives. They describe watching the vast pools of feces and urine drain into waterways, polluting drinking water and the environment. Fish in nearby rivers and estuaries downstream become sickened by opportunistic bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant E. coli contaminate edible crops. William Hughes’ narration captures the growing anger of the corporate giants’ human victims by giving them personalities and voices. His subtle characterizations keep him in the background, while allowing the grim facts to instigate an appropriate outrage in listeners. Without being unpleasant, writer and narrator personify the formidable reality threatening us all.”

    AudioFile

  • “Animal Factory tells how big agribusiness’ industrial meat production is leaving our communities foul with unhealthy air, awash in untreated sewage, and increasingly buffeted by bacteria made resistant to the antibiotics. Anyone in search of why America’s health care system is going bankrupt will find part of the answer in these pages.”

    David Wallinga, MD, food and health director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • “Ol’ MacDonald had a farm—until America’s corporate animal factories plowed it under, packing living, breathing, sensate creatures into sewage plant conditions for your gustatory pleasure. Now, you’re next. Bon appetit.” 

    Deirdre Imus, founder and president, Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology at the Hackensack University Medical Center, in New Jersey

  • Animal Factory, by David Kirby, documents the scandal of today’s industrial food animal production system in the same compelling way Upton Sinclair alerted Americans to the abuses of the meat packing industry in his 1906 The Jungle. The well-being of animals produced for human consumption, the fate of rural communities, the health of farm workers, and the protection of the environment are daily compromised for the sake of profit.”

    Robert S. Lawrence, MD, director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • “Hurray to David Kirby for exposing the horrific conditions that are so prevalent at America’s factory farms. When I first confronted the realities of factory farming some ten years ago, I knew that I did not want Chipotle’s success to be based on the exploitation that I saw. While few people actually have the chance to see firsthand where their food comes from, Animal Factory provides a vivid account of the system and the harm it causes.”

    Steve Ells, founder, chairman & co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill

  • “This book puts a human face on a well hidden national scandal: the effects of large-scale raising of animals on the health and well being of farm workers and their families, local communities, the animals themselves, and the environment which we all share. By examining how CAFOs affect the lives of real people, Kirby makes clear why we must find healthier and more sustainable ways to produce meat in America.”

    Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

  • “The industrial production of farm animals is a grim saga of pollution, health risks, and animal misery. Yet in Animal Factory David Kirby has put together an ingenious book that is highly readable and engaging. The heroes of his book are fighting for a better America—one in which waters are safe to drink, air is safe to breathe, and traditional family farmers are the sources of our food. Anyone who reads this book will be drawn into their cause.”

    Bill Niman (founder, Niman Ranch) and Nicolette Hahn Niman (author, Righteous Porkchop:  Finding a Life and Good Food beyond Factory Farms)

  • “David Kirby’s new book points to a deeper story than may be apparent to some. It is easy to blame the farmer, or blame the industry for the unintended consequences of our food system. But there are deeper systemic issues which give rise to these problems that we now need to address. Our ‘fast, convenient, and cheap’ food system gave us benefits that many found praiseworthy. But we failed to anticipate the unintended costs to health, to communities, and to the environment. Perhaps it’s time to reinvent a food system that is resilient, affordable, and health-promoting for both people and land. Perhaps Kirby’s new book can serve as part of a wake-up call for us all to become food citizens to that end.”

    Frederick Kirschenmann, president of Kirschenmann Family Farms

  • “Investigative journalist Kirby delves deep to uncover the abysmal conditions of America’s food and produce industry…Kirby presents the human side of big-business blunders and coverups. William Hughes keeps the prose engaging by shifting his tone to underplayed yet believable characterizations. He presents the bulk of the material in a straightforward, newsworthy tone capable of presenting the facts without editorializing. An eye-opening account of an escalating problem.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Thanks to Kirby’s extraordinary journalism, we have the most relatable, irrefutable, and unforgettable testimony yet to the hazards of industrial animal farming.”

    Booklist (starred review) 

  • ABooklist Top 10 Book of 2010: Environment

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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About the Author

David Kirby is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

William Hughes is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, he received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California, Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.