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A bold yet realistic vision of how technology and social change are creating a food system in which we no longer use animals to produce meat, dairy, or eggs.

Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals brought widespread attention to the disturbing realities of factory farming. The End of Animal Farming pushes this conversation forward by outlining a strategic road map to a humane, ethical, and efficient food system in which slaughterhouses are obsolete - where the tastes of even the most die-hard meat eater are satisfied by innovative food technologies like cultured meats and plant-based protein. Social scientist and animal advocate Jacy Reese analyzes the social forces leading us toward the downfall of animal agriculture, the technology making this change possible for the meat-hungry public, and the activism driving consumer demand for plant-based and cultured foods.

Reese contextualizes the issue of factory farming - the inhumane system of industrial farming that 95 percent of farmed animals endure - as part of humanity’s expanding moral circle. Humanity increasingly treats nonhuman animals, from household pets to orca whales, with respect and kindness, and Reese argues that farmed animals are the next step. Reese applies an analytical lens of “effective altruism”, the burgeoning philosophy of using evidence-based research to maximize one’s positive impact in the world, in order to better understand which strategies can help expand the moral circle now and in the future.

The End of Animal Farming is not a scolding treatise or a prescription for an ascetic diet. Reese invites listeners - vegan and non-vegan - to consider one of the most important and transformational social movements of the coming decades.

©2018 Jacy Reese (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Places the issue of factory farming in the context of human progress and presents compelling arguments on how we should deal with it today.” (Steven Pinker, Johnstone professor of psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now)

“History has been marked by turning points like the invention of electricity and the advent of information technology. The End of Animal Farming persuasively argues that the next revolution will be a global transition to non-animal meat and milk. The animal-free food revolution will save the world, and this book is leading the way.” (Maneka Gandhi, Indian cabinet minister for Women & Child Development)

The End of Animal Farming makes an airtight case that the future is plant-based. It’s the perfect uplifting gift for your flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan friends.” (Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die)

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A must read for all animal lover!

Best animal book I have ever read! I will never eat animals again! thank you for all the educational information!

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Great, a trully humane food system!

The moral and ecological tragedy that is the current animal-centric food system needs to end soon, but corporate interests and consumer habits need more than just a little prodding to change. The author, an expert on the frontlines of the movement to end the cruel and unnecessary exploitation of animals, lays out a compelling vision for how this could unfold and the role that we, concerned citizens, can play in revolutionizing the food system. From technology (clean meat and plant-based meats, eggs and dairy) to social advocacy, it has everything covered.
A very commendable aspect of this book is that the author tries his best to carefully weigh all evidence and avoid bias and sloppy thinking.

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Very insightful book

This book is a must have for anybody seriously thinking about the future of humanity and our fellow animals. It is full of solid information from different disciplines. I found it very engaging and could not stop listening to it.