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

By David Kirby

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


Recent public well-being crises increase pressing questions about how our animal-derived foodstuff is raised and taken to industry. In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the robust company and political pursuits at the back of large-scale manufacturing facility 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 completely replaced via massive neighboring animal farms. those farms (known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs), confine millions of pigs, dairy farm animals, and chook in small areas, usually less than scary stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of fecal and organic waste in addition to different pollution. Weaving technological know-how, politics, legislation, tremendous company, and way of life, 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 a large dairy  farm and its devastating impression. And a Washington nation grandmother turns into an not likely activist while her house is invaded by means of foul odors and her water offer is compromised through runoff from leaking lagoons of livestock waste. 

Animal Factory is a crucial ebook approximately our American meals method long gone extraordinarily wrong---and the folks who're combating to revive sustainable farming practices and shop our constrained normal resources. 

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S. beef cattle are still owned and raised by independent producers—on open pasture, grassland, or through grazing permits on federal land—and spend only the last few months of their lives being fattened on grain in massive feedlots, which most certainly qualify as CAFOs, with all their attendant environmental issues. ) As for fish farms, they certainly present challenges that keep some environmentalists up at night, including farmed-salmon escapees that introduce harmful pests such as sea lice and viral diseases that infect wild fish populations.

The Department of Ag,” Al said, “in Raleigh. But trust me, we’ve asked them for that information time and again. They won’t share it with us. It’s some kind of state secret. ” Now Rick was steaming mad. But at least the mystery of the Neuse was beginning to unfurl: Pig poop has nutrients; nutrients feed Pfiesteria outbreaks. Pfiesteria kills fish. Rick smiled, just slightly. He had his suspect. It was time to start prosecuting his case. ” Helen Reddout shot upright in her bed, wrenched from the hazy dreams of a late-summer sleep.

It was out of character for a disciplined marine. What, then, was happening to the Neuse? Rick began reading every book he could find on the history of the Neuse River, Pamlico Sound, and fishing along the Carolina coast. He learned that fish kills had occurred for centuries. When colder seawater creeps in under warmer river water, it can create a condition called a salt wedge, which can turn water into a hypoxic (low oxygen) or anoxic (zero oxygen) death trap for fish. Salt wedges can kill a few thousand fish at a time.

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