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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The general themes are all readily available elsewhere but I love that this book brings it all together in one place. Inside were a million hens.

Amazing book that compiles everything one does not think about, or does not want to think about, when it comes to cheap meat, without truf veganism or even vegetarianism. The reader follows Lymbery’s journey from his start in California’s Central Valley. Ttue portal Book portal s portal Social movements portal. I say it is “moderate” because the author is not a vegetarian or a vegan, and advocates for purchasing meat from more sustainable, local sources.

Buy the selected items together This item: Most facts are backed up with notes of their sources, although flipping to the back on a Kindle is tedious so I soon gave that up! Refresh and try pf. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Tristram Stuart wrote in a review for The Guardian that tje he is critical towards the “orthodoxy that large-scale farms and industrial agricultural technology are inherently wrong”, “this catalogue of devastation will convince anyone who doubts that industrial farming is causing ecological meltdown”. Julian’s website is www.

If you care about animals and what goes on your plate, pay attention to this guy. Incredibly relatable human stories of what our demand for cheap food is doing to the planet.


This book explores in a thoughtful and intelligent way the disasters that have already been caused by our appetite for cheap meat – the decline in the number of birds, for example in the last forty years the population of tree sparrows, grey partridges and skylarks, among others, have plummetedthe threat to bees, and the pollution caused by the need to get rid of the huge amounts of waste produced by the millions and millions now being farmed. Over codt billion animals a week are sent to their deaths; mostly after living a short and brutalized life.

Knowledge is power, ask questions to those responsible – start lobbying! Some of the stuff in there is truly shocking Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The book was published by Bloomsbury.

Whatever space ‘saved’ by intensive farming is countered by the expansion of farmland to feed those animals which can’t feed themselves. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This book has changed the way I think about eating food. Eating less meat and wasting less food will offset any higher price you pay for improved animal welfare — your overall food budget will go down as noticeably as your risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

They are both pragmatic and realistic guides for the perplexed – sensibly encouraging readers to buy ‘local’ from producers one comes to trust and respect. We all need to think about the food we eat, where it comes from, how it affects others at the other side of the world, and as this book highlights, what we eat here does affect others and the planet itself.

This book lays down the consequences of over production covering the environmental cost of an industry motivated by greed and driven by ignorance and cruelty.

One person found this helpful. This is due to the fact that we never pushed our cows to produce maximum yields, always treating them with respect and love while feeding them a diet of home grown grasses and clovers plus other green matter that fulfils the natural needs of herbivorous ruminant quadrupeds. Views Read Edit View history. We all need to eat less Bought one for myself and then another as a gift! Arguments are well made and examples of practices are given from around the world.


Because the meat from animals reared in intensive farming not only produces suffering in animals but also jeopardizes our health, making us eating antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals with the meat. Food and its production needs to be respected more, especially the animals that die so we can eat meat Mar 12, Zade rated it really liked it. Instead it’s a demonstration that no matter how bad practises may be right now, they can get better.

Lymbery describes seeing fish with tails missing, and eyes bulging out from infection. This book quite simply should be included in the school syllabus, and everybody should be made aware of the truth of industrialized farming practices.

A third of the world’s cropland is devoted to growing feed for animals.

You should want to know. I’m going to look to buy locally grown produce, especially organic, grass fed meat and dairy tdue in place of cheap, grain fed, intensively reared supermarket meat.


It’s full of data and anecdotes and very readable. Get to Know Us. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Do you want to know about how animal agriculture is using cloning technology to create even more grotesquely miserable and unhealthy but profitable animals?

The whole thing working around the clock in what is the ultimate ‘factory farm’ format.