Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, by David Kirby

By David Kirby

Swine flu. chicken flu. great fish kills. Concentrations of melanoma and different ailments. recollects of infected meats, end result, and vegetables.

Recent public future health crises bring up pressing questions on how our animal-derived foodstuff is raised and taken to industry. In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the robust enterprise and political pursuits in the back of large-scale manufacturing facility farms, and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, and water supply—and our nutrition itself.

In this completely researched publication, Kirby follows 3 humans from small cities throughout the USA whose lives are completely replaced by means of large neighboring animal farms. those farms confine millions of pigs, dairy farm animals, and fowl in small areas, usually below frightening stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of organic waste in addition to different pollutants. Weaving technological know-how, politics, immense enterprise, and daily life, Kirby accompanies those citizens-turned-activists as they try to maintain their houses and groups.  

Animal Factory is a crucial ebook approximately our American nutrients procedure long gone extraordinarily wrong—and the folks who're struggling with to revive sustainable farming practices and secure typical resources. 

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These poverty reduction strategy papers embrace the same neoliberal logic of free-market development with minimal government intervention, including the promotion of private sector participation in agriculture. This is in part aimed at creating conditions for strategic access by Agri-TNCs from rich countries into domestic agriculture sector, with the same consequences for food security. Furthermore, the much celebrated debt relief that has been extended to some African countries is also tied to neoliberal conditionalities, including compliance with WTO rules, including agriculture trade liberalization.

The problem of low agriculture productivity in the African region as explained in this chapter will be exacerbated as this treaty will effectively curb the adoption of modern agriculture technology by domestic firms and individuals. Because knowledge about many of the products earmarked for patenting by transnational corporations, including agriculture seed, has been accumulated over a long period of time and has been passed down from one generation to another by local communities, some have characterized the practice of converting these common resources into private commodities for the sake of 2 Food miles is a conceptual framework for accounting for the distance food has travelled from land to mouth.

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