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Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, by David Kirby

By David Kirby

Swine flu. chicken flu. strange concentrations of melanoma and different ailments. tremendous fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. remembers of meats, greens, and end result due to lethal E-coli bacterial contamination. 


Recent public future health crises increase pressing questions about how our animal-derived foodstuff is raised and taken to marketplace. In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the strong enterprise and political pursuits at the back of large-scale manufacturing unit farms, and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food. 

In this completely researched e-book, Kirby follows 3 households and groups whose lives are totally replaced by way of monstrous neighboring animal farms. those farms (known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs), confine hundreds of thousands of pigs, dairy farm animals, and chicken in small areas, frequently below scary stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of fecal and organic waste in addition to different pollution. Weaving technological know-how, politics, legislation, immense enterprise, and lifestyle, Kirby accompanies those households of their struggles opposed to animal factories. A North Carolina fisherman takes on pig farms upstream to maintain his river, his family’s existence, and his domestic. A mom in a small Illinois city pushes again opposed to an oversized dairy  farm and its devastating impression. And a Washington kingdom grandmother turns into an not likely activist whilst her house is invaded by way of foul odors and her water offer is compromised by way of runoff from leaking lagoons of farm animals waste. 

Animal Factory is a vital booklet approximately our American foodstuff process long gone extraordinarily wrong---and the folks who're scuffling with to revive sustainable farming practices and store our constrained ordinary resources. 

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It had given them years of fresh crab and fish. It had provided clean, healthy water for swimming and sailing. Rick sighed and put his arm on his son’s shoulder. The hardened marine fought back a tear. ” Inside, he was seething. This old marine had a killer to hunt down; he just wasn’t sure where to look. A few months later, the New Bern fish kill of ’91 was little more than a bad memory for most people, the more quickly forgotten, the better. But not for Rick Dove. Over the next two years, he would work closely with local scientists, and, eventually, they would finger the killer: a microscopic organism with the bizarrely happy-sounding name of Pfiesteria.

Other very special thanks go to David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and John Ikerd of the University of Missouri. Finally, Robert Martin at the Pew Environment Group and former executive director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Animal Production, Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and Robert Lawrence, of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins donated time and attention to help with the manuscript in its final stages.

Rick and his dad were able to embark on many fishing trips to remote inlets of the sprawling bay. Rick earned his law degree at age twenty-three from the University of Baltimore in 1963. But the Vietnam War was rumbling, half a world away. Rather than risk being drafted, Rick applied for the marines’ four-year officer program in Quantico, Virginia. He wanted to “take orders, and learn how to give a few,” he likes to say. Officer boot camp was sixteen weeks long and nearly half his class dropped out—but Rick held on and graduated as a second lieutenant.

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