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.
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.
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.
"Excellent insight of industrial farming"
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.
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 :)
For some reason, the British accent turned me off to continue listening. Informative, but I couldn't finish it.
"On The Wrong Track"
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.
"Painfully slow narration"
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.
I was hoping for a little more education and a little less story.
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.
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.
I will be changing the way we buy all our fish poultry and beef. The evidence is depressing and overwhelming.
"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.
"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).
"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.
"Good book, bad reading."
Industrial farming's bad!
It's not a fictional book.
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.
It's 15 hours.
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.
"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.
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.
"The agony that provides our nourishment."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Not an amazing book"
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'
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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