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Farmageddon Audiobook

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sharon 24/11/2015
    Sharon 24/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Grazyna
    Singapore, Singapore
    19/04/14
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    "Excellent insight of industrial farming"
    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Brandon Hayter
    4/04/15
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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 :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Evans Mills, NY, United States
    16/02/15
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    "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
  • TM
    Chicago, IL United States
    11/12/14
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    "On The Wrong Track"
    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Richard J. Mcgrath
    USA
    8/05/14
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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
  • J. Piper
    Ashby, MA United States
    8/08/16
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    "Eye opener"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DDT
    2/08/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book junkie
    20/07/16
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    "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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    10/03/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Shaun
    England
    30/05/15
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    "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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    31/01/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    21/07/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • li
    22/04/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clive Willet
    Norfolk
    7/07/14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Smart
    uk
    8/12/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/08/16
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    "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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ysera
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    16/05/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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