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Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment

by David Kirby

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"David Kirby's book, Animal Factory, is a beautifully written account of the danger industrial meat and dairy production represents to our health, environment and democratic process. In a unique and captivating way, Kirby reveals the consequences of animal factories through the eyes of the citizen advocates who have fought the long and hard battle to civilize the barbaric and often criminal behavior of the meat barons. Rick Dove, Karen Hudson, Helen Reddout, Chris Petersen, Don Webb and others featured in the book are real American heroes. Their stories are compelling, true and engaging.  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 best seller."
--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"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 appétit."
--Deirdre Imus

"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

"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

"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

"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)

"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 that it causes."
--Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill

"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

"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 pay for this so-called cheap food. This is a story that is seldom told and rarely with such force and eloquence."
--Alice Waters

"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)

Online Reviews

"The regulations and methods of mega-farming operations are slowly changing, but there's a lot of room for improvement and a big thank you to David Kirby is in order for bringing factory farms to the attention of the American public."
--Marigold Lane

"David Kirby's Animal Factory is the most comprehensive accounting of the issues surrounding the American factory farming system that I've come across."
--Taste Better

"If you want to better understand how much your food really costs, this book will help you do that. I think it's a great addition to anyone's library. But more than that, I think it helps the reader understand an issue that is literally of growing importance."
--Mind Connection

"This book takes us on a journey of activism, a very detailed journey starring ordinary people that were brave enough to fight back, get media attention, change some laws and raise awareness in mass consciousness that this is not just a problem, but a major crisis."
--Basil and Spice

"Animal Factory by David Kirby is about the threat of industrial pig, dairy, and poultry farms to humans and the environment. It lays out a good case for watching what you eat and where you buy your food. Animal Factory's release on March 2, 2010 by St. Martin's Press, shall be a boon to more sustainable farm practices, not to mention, better eating habits."
--Chasing Clean Air

"The new book (March 2010) examines the environmental contamination and heath impacts of industrial livestock production."
--ABC 7 - Green Right Now