The True Cost of Cheap Meat. By: Philip Lymbery Media of Farmageddon food chain and what we are eating – as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. PDF | On Oct 6, , Rita Hansen Sterne and others published Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat. Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat is a non-fiction book by Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott. It surveys the effects of industrial livestock.

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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery

Lymbery thankfully leaves out exhortations to go vegan, being content to advise us all to simply become more conscious of what we put into our mouths everyday. It is sure to make a vegetarian out of you.

To the authors’ credit, they never sensationalise the shocking scenes they witness, preferring to simply convey the facts and expose the reality of a brazenly exploitive empire conveniently sanitized and dressed-up as a caring, quality controlled production system bringing you, the consumer, everything you could ever wish for and all in the air conditioned convenience of your local hypermarket food dispenser. According to Lymbery veterinarians should not support systems that are “inherently bad for animal welfare”, which allegedly is the case in “mass production of broiler chickens, caged production of eggs, the large-scale permanent housing of dairy cows so-called mega dairies and highly intensive pig production where mothering pigs are kept in confinement where they can’t turn around for weeks at a time”.

Its a book everyone who eats food must read. Over a billion animals a week are sent to their deaths; mostly after living a short and brutalized life. There he documents a lake of effluent and air and water pollution, and discusses the outbreak of swine flu.

I understood his reticence: Farmageddon presents a global overview of factory farming today and why it is dangerously problematic.


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The books discuss and draw connections between, for instance: They are both pragmatic and realistic guides for the perplexed – sensibly encouraging readers to buy ‘local’ from producers one comes to trust and respect. Following Lymbery’s prescriptions will not only help animals and the planet, it will also farmgaeddon you healthier and even, perhaps, wealthier.

Consumers should eat less meat. Animals should be fed with grass and animal farming should be a pasture-based system. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Philip Lymbery is cot expert on our food system, especially how that system is broken and in desperate need of repair. The poor get poorer and more and more small farmers are forced into poverty and inability to feed themselves or their communities. Jun 17, Sean Goh rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 14, Curtis rated it really liked it.

Bought one for myself and then another as a gift! On land, wildlife is faring just as badly. Intensification in animal farming goes along with a growing demand of cropland to grow animal feed — factory farming is thus not a means to save space.

See and discover other items: Many people don’t like to think where the meat on their table comes from, and perhaps if more people did take an interest, the farming industry would be forced to change radically.

I was hesitant farmagedvon read this book because I figured it would be an anti-meat screed from a radical animal rights activist, ala PETA.

This is the type of thing that should be taught in schools, it’s just so fricken important!!! There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry.

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Do you want to know about how the outrageous overuse farmagevdon antibiotics to prevent sickness from sweeping through overcrowded sheds full of animals is creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may very well decimate the human population? The book was published by Bloomsbury.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazing book that compiles everything one does not think about, or does not want to think about, when it comes to cheap meat, without preaching veganism or even vegetarianism.

Similarly, pigs and poultry ate scraps and leftovers to forage. But the other side of the equation is how many people there are in the first place. Sorry, bad pun, couldn’t resist. And it’s not just Go Veggie either!

The provision of additional overnight space in the form of an outside sand or dirt yard will also allow them to display when they are on heat, this allowing them to be successfully inseminated as the now normal management of dairy cows, rather than be serviced by a bull. The conversion of potential human food into meat in factory farms remains fundamentally inefficient, more go in than come out.

Read more Read less. It’s not gory or anti- meat, but enlightening with a dash of hope. Write a customer review. This book has changed the way I think about eating food. Lymbery lays out how we can all be a part of the solution by eating more conscientiously and encouraging better farming practices. Everybody, meat eater and vegetarian, should read this book – the suffering, human and animal, caused by industrialized farming is a massive environmental and ethical problem and cannot even be justified, as is often attempted, on the grounds that it feeds the hungry.