By David Kirby
Swine flu. chicken flu. strange concentrations of melanoma and different illnesses. giant fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. recollects of meats, greens, and end result as a result of lethal E-coli bacterial contamination.
Recent public future health crises elevate pressing questions about how our animal-derived nutrition is raised and taken to industry. 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 ebook, Kirby follows 3 households and groups whose lives are totally replaced by way of substantial neighboring animal farms. those farms (known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs), confine millions of pigs, dairy livestock, and bird in small areas, usually less than frightening stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of fecal and organic waste in addition to different pollutants. Weaving technological know-how, politics, legislation, titanic 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 lifestyles, and his domestic. A mom in a small Illinois city pushes again opposed to a large dairy farm and its devastating effect. And a Washington kingdom grandmother turns into an not going activist whilst 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 booklet approximately our American nutrients approach long past extraordinarily wrong---and the folk who're combating to revive sustainable farming practices and shop our constrained normal resources.
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He read on: “A worldwide increase in toxic phytoplankton blooms over the past twenty years has coincided with increasing reports of fish diseases and deaths of unknown cause. ” Suspect identified, Rick thought. The term “dinoflagellates” describes a large group of common plankton with plantlike features, including the ability to photosynthesize. But they can also take on animal-like characteristics, including the ability to move around at will. The protozoa have flagella, or whiplike tails, for locomotion and steering, and typically move around in a distinctive whirling fashion (dinos is Greek for “whirling”).
In 1975, Rick transferred to the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, fifteen miles southeast of New Bern, on a wide bend in the Neuse River. The fishing, Rick quickly learned, was incredible. The Neuse feeds river water and nutrients into the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds estuarine system, a vast nursery for 90 percent of all commercial species caught in North Carolina. Its feeder streams and shady backwater creeks provide spawning areas for herring, shad, and striped bass.
Designed to carry extra weight, she was perfect for crabbing, when a full cargo could reach two thousand pounds or more. Life could not have been sweeter. America was at peace, and the river was swollen with bass, flounder, crab, and shrimp. They were so bountiful, Rick couldn’t give them away to his neighbors. Now a colonel in the marines, he told Joanne that one day he would retire from the Corps and launch a fishing business right from his backyard. Rick loved the Neuse so much that when he was transferred to serve as a military judge at Camp Lejeune, fifty-five miles to the south, he chose the two-hour daily commute over moving off the river.
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby