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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat | [Philip Lymbery, Isabel Oakeshott]

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating - as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming revolution threatens our countryside, health, and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world.
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Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating - as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming revolution threatens our countryside, health, and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world.

  • Our health is under threat: half of all antibiotics used worldwide (rising to 80 per cent in US) are routinely given to industrially farmed animals, contributing to the emergence of deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs
  • Wildlife is being systematically destroyed: bees are now trucked across the States (and even airfreighted from Australia) to pollinate the fruit trees in the vast orchards of California, where a chemical assault has decimated the wild insect population
  • Fresh fish are being hoovered from the oceans: fish that could feed local populations are being turned into fishmeal for farmed fish, chickens, and pigs thousands of miles away
  • Cereals that could feed billions of people are being given to animals: soya and grain that could nourish the world’s poorest, are now grown increasingly as animal fodder
  • Epidemic waste underpins the mega-farming model: While food prices rocket, surplus food is thrown away

Farmageddon is a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world - from the UK, Europe, and the USA, to China, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.

©2014 Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    "Excellent insight of industrial farming"
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    The authors explain in an interesting way methods used nowadays to provide endless meat resources to the supermarkets. It is an interesting story of the industry and how it affects communities worldwide providing facts and research based evidence of the influence that modern farming has on people and planet.
    It gives a food for thought on how the world is changing and why we should think twice about the origin of the food we are eating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard J. Mcgrath 05-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Painfully slow narration"
    Would you try another book from Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott and/or Julian Elfer?

    I didn't like the narrator. He started at a good tempo (as in the audible sample) but slowed to an annoyingly pedestrian pace part way through. The narration shouldn't be so slow that it gives you time to contemplate each word.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I was hoping for a little more education and a little less story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needs to read sentences, not words. The reading had a very deliberate feel to it. It wasn't flowing. It just wasn't easy to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    For the most part, I enjoyed the author's writing, and I likely would not have returned the book had the narrator read the material at a faster pace. Given the title, I was expecting something a little more educational, and a little less biographical, and I was disappointed with how little I learned from the book. There are nuggets of interest buried in mountains of verbiage.


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    "The agony that provides our nourishment."
    What did you like most about Farmageddon?

    The honest approach that the authors have to all aspects of the 'Food Industry'. It tears the lid off how our produce is determined, in many ways, we the consumer are directed to purchase 'certain products', even against our will. Much of this is by clever advertising, product endorsement also downright under-hand methods.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth of the subjects dealt with,are numerous, cereals, livestock, pollination and animal waste. Further to the above, each aspect of the subject was examined in depth revealing very often more alarming elements to be found, many of which impinged on related farming factors.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Elfer – was your favourite?

    Julian Elfer was probably stronger at characterising Philip Lymberry, as his voice was masculine. He would reference the co-author Isabel Oakshott, but certainly attempt her in the dialogue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The transportation of the bees for the Almond Pollination'. The incident was when a lorry overturned, not only wrecking the lorry, but angering some 5 million bees who were loosed into the countryside from the damaged hives, with the risk to life and limb of frustrated bees.


    Any additional comments?

    We are all probably aware that 'Factory Farming' provides the food that we buy, little knowing the lengths that 'Corporate Methods' determine how we will become consumers, innocent but complicate consumers.

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