I highly recommend reading this book. You’ll learn things you probably won’t have ever considered. The writing style and balanced viewpoint make it a pleasure to read. The author doesn’t dictate his views, rather shares a wealth of experiences through his global investigations. Leaving the reader to digest and reflect.
Reviews – Lymbery brings to this essential subject the perspective of a seasoned campaigner–he is informed enough to be appalled, and moderate enough to persuade us to take responsibility for the system that feeds us. – Guardian Book of the Week
This eye-opening book, urging a massive rethink of how we raise livestock and how we feed the world, deserves global recognition. – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
A devastating indictment of cheap meat and factory farming. Don t turn away: it demands reading and deserves the widest possible audience. – Joanna Lumley
This incredibly important book should be read by anyone who cares about people, the planet, and particularly, animals. – Jilly Cooper
Offers the kind of realistic and compassionate solutions on which our prospects for a truly sustainable world depend. – Jonathon Porritt
This meaty account makes a distinctive and important contribution, eschewing the narrowly domestic focus of many of its predecessors in favour of a global investigation . . . An engaging read–and it also gives a full enough picture of the situation in the UK to preclude any smugness on the part of the British reader. Anyone after a realistic account of our global food chain, and the changes necessary for a sustainable future, will find much to get their teeth into here. – Felicity Cloake, New Statesman
There s no end to techno-idiocy in pursuit of profit. But far more concerning is Lymbery s contention that the wastefulness of feeding human-edible plants and fish to animals is not just absurd but catastrophic. The main reason for hacking down the remaining South American forest is to grow soy to feed the pigs and chickens of China. – Evening Standard
Antibiotics are given to intensively farmed animals on a daily / routine basis. Why? Well cram thousands of animals into a small space and the only way to prevent an outbreak of disease is to give them regular antibiotic treatments. Not when they need it, but because the environment is so disease friendly.
Yes it is true! See this NHS article and report by the Chief medical officer:
The super bug threat is a ‘ticking time bomb’. A report by the Chief medical office claims the concern is agricultural antibiotic use is driving up levels of antibiotic resistance, leading to new “superbugs”.
Google it: antibiotics used in farming
In simple terms the viruses mutate, they fight back. We have a limited amount of antibiotics to fight disease. Give it a laboratory environment (factory/intensive farming) to practice in and we create a super bug – An antibiotic resistant superbug.
See a study done at Harvard university:
A cinematic approach to drug resistance
Two main risks to humans: a) resistant bacteria makes it into the food chain b) you get an infection for example from a minor operation which can’t be treated by Antibiotics.
Hmm that bacon sandwich doesn’t taste quite so good now does it?
What can you do? The more intense the farming the greater the use of antibiotics, the use of antibiotics underpins the factory farming system. By buying intensively rearer meat you are funding the problem. Buy free range meat or better still buy organic meat that restricts the use of antibiotics to an ‘strictly as needed’ basis.
The Ethical omnivore.
Notice the fields are empty? Drive down the motorway, where have they all gone. It is essential to understand that this is not about questioning farmer Giles or complaining about Old Macdonald farm. Around two in every three farm animals are factory farmed (over 50 billion every year!). Regardless of the debate around the ethics of eating meat, eating factory farmed meat is unethical, unhealthy and unsustainable. Read more at https://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming