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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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excellent listen

This book was very well written and read. It opened my eyes to the effects that factory farming has and why we as consumers must use our money to change the demand. Buy local organic free range grass fed :)

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  • Rebecca
  • Evans Mills, NY, United States
  • 02-16-15

The narrator

For some reason, the British accent turned me off to continue listening. Informative, but I couldn't finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • TM
  • 12-11-14

On The Wrong Track

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You only need to have little bit of common sense to see that monocultures are a bad idea. You only need a little bit of compassion to feel that the way modern farming practices treat animals is wrong.
You only need a little bit of conviction to change your grocery shopping habits, just a little at first, then perhaps snowballing in to finding yourself buying mostly local, mostly organic, mostly plant-based, and so on.

Start the journey and see where it takes you. I feel good because the food I eat is healthier AND because the food-systems I support with my purchases makes the world a bit happier.

Listen to this book if you want a catalyst for making the change.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Ben
  • USA, Illinois
  • 09-15-17

very superficial analysis

Many of the claims in this book are well documented by multiple studies (mass extinction of wildlife species, epidemics of obesity, rise of more resistant bugs due to overuse of antibiotics in industrial farms, etc). All of these issues, however , are also widely reported by the more serious news outlets. What is the point of reading a book that basically repeats what you can get from a Google search, a few Wikipedia entries and some NYT articles? This books basically repeats widely available information in an arrogant tone and through lots of stories that range from irrelevant to deeply unrelated examples. These stories are brought to make the narrative more dramatic, and they take a lot of space from what should have been extensive analysis of serious research. I expected a book that could explain the complexity of the latest scientific research on issues like the overuse of antibiotics in farms, I already know this is an issue, as most people who read the news. instead of deepening my knowledge on this, the book offered sad stories about dying children.
Some fundamental topics are not discussed at all. I only listened to half the book because I got tired of hearing a collection of sad stories with no scientific analysis. Most sad stories are about animals. Working conditions in intensive farming are not even mentioned. The author cares about animals, surrounding communities and consumers . Workers don't seem to exist. They are barely mentioned. Stories about the chickens owned by the author occupy more space than the analysis of working conditions.
a waste of time...

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  • J. Piper
  • Ashby, MA United States
  • 08-08-16

Eye opener

I will be changing the way we buy all our fish poultry and beef. The evidence is depressing and overwhelming.

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A must read

This book is an eye opener. Anyone concerned with what we are eating and doing to the environment should read this book. It's informative, interesting and in ways disgusting. Once you read this, you will be more conscience of what you are buying and putting on the dinner table. If only it could be a requirement in the school systems perhaps we can get younger generations to charge a bigger movement that is in motion today.

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  • Lauren L
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 07-20-16

A shocking and riveting expose

Jaw-dropping in its revelations about how human food production and global agribusiness has developed over the last century. Vast in scope to the point of numbing however, despite the highly engaging almost travelogue style. And so shocking and disturbing that I really would have liked more of a focus on the solutions - one chapter at the end, emphasizing consumer activism and government regulation left me feeling somewhat impotent and demoralized. Nevertheless an utterly compulsive and should be compulsory read (listen).

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i was very enlightened by this book.

i live in central valley so u was a little sad when Fresno was his first criticism. I do think this was well written and well researched. i will also make better choices about the food i buy.

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  • Shaun
  • 05-30-15

Good book, bad reading.

If you could sum up Farmageddon in three words, what would they be?

Industrial farming's bad!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's not a fictional book.

What didn’t you like about Julian Elfer’s performance?

The subject matter is shocking, but a few hours in it seems to take a toll on his mood, he speaks with a downwards inflection towards the end of sentences which makes the book seem especially dreary.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's 15 hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-16

life changing

fascinating and informed journey into the world of factory farming which has been kept hidden from us, with some quite uplifting possibilities for improving. it is gripping and we'll narrated. I'd recommend to everyone - as compassion in farming is an issue that we are all responsible for.

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  • Sarah
  • 07-21-15

Listen to this if you want to become vegan

This is a terrifying but believable account of the impact of intensive farming. Everyone should know this story.

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  • li
  • 04-22-15

Life changing!

From start to finish, I enjoyed every minute. Excellently written and narrated. Reveals the terrible truth about modern farming across the world and what you can do as a consumer. Such a powerful book, I'll be recommending it to everyone.

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  • Clive Willet
  • 07-07-14

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gregory Monk
  • 06-02-17

Just missing the final leap

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Some fascinating and worrying stories from behind the scenes of the meat and dairy industry, but for all the good he does, I can't help but wonder why he doesn't avoid consuming animal products altogether.

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  • JayTe
  • 01-09-17

Excellent study of what we're eating

Writer does a top notch job of exposing what we actually eating. In most cases it is not even close to what companies would have us believe. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Barbara Smart
  • 12-08-16

what a great book

if you thought you knew about chicken Meet and why you shouldn't eat it and what Meet you should be eating this is the book

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  • Ysera
  • 05-16-16

Must read!

This should be mandatory reading for everyone. It is a total eye-opener, even for convinced vegetarians and vegans and even for readers of 'Eating Animals'. Very well written and narrated, it is well-structured in thematic chapters and quite comprehensive, dealing both with animal farming (cattle, poultry, fish...) and with crops.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-16

Not an amazing book

What would have made Farmageddon better?

Don't waste your time listening to the book, I can sum it up in three sentences:

1)The author loves animals, so starts the book telling you about his love of animals and how this developed. Prepare for nonsense like 'animals have emotions too especially chickens ' based on the scientific evidence of 'it's obvious to anyone who keeps chickens at home'.

2) Big farms are bad and evil - Fact I've heard Satan has a big farm - show some examples of the worst lot, even going to China, to emphasis how bad they are.

3) The solution - You don't have to be a genius to work out where he's going with this - the book is littered with hints about how giving up meat is wonderful, ergo everyone should become vegetarian! Eat the food we are currently feeding animals to be reared for slaughter. Problem solved.

it should be called 'become a vegetarian'

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • 11-24-15

Shockingly Informative

It just shows what goes on under our noses that the perpetrators don't want us to know and so do their best to keep hidden from the unsuspecting, unquestioning consumer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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