By David Kirby
Swine flu. chicken flu. strange concentrations of melanoma and different illnesses. big fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. remembers of meats, greens, and culmination due to lethal E-coli bacterial contamination.
Recent public health and wellbeing crises elevate pressing questions on how our animal-derived nutrition is raised and taken to marketplace. In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the strong enterprise and political pursuits at the back of large-scale manufacturing facility farms, and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food.
In this completely researched e-book, Kirby follows 3 households and groups whose lives are completely replaced by way of substantial neighboring animal farms. those farms (known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs), confine hundreds of thousands of pigs, dairy livestock, and chicken in small areas, usually below scary stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of fecal and organic waste in addition to different pollution. Weaving technological know-how, politics, legislation, immense enterprise, and lifestyle, Kirby accompanies those households of their struggles opposed to animal factories. A North Carolina fisherman takes on pig farms upstream to maintain his river, his family’s existence, and his domestic. A mom in a small Illinois city pushes again opposed to an oversized dairy farm and its devastating effect. And a Washington nation grandmother turns into an not going activist whilst her house is invaded through foul odors and her water offer is compromised via runoff from leaking lagoons of livestock waste.
Animal Factory is a vital ebook approximately our American nutrition process long past extraordinarily wrong---and the folks who're struggling with to revive sustainable farming practices and store our restricted normal resources.
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But oxygen levels were normal; something else had wiped out a billion fish at once. The largest fish kill ever recorded on an American river remained a mystery. One evening soon after the kill, Rick went out to the Neuse with his teenage son, Todd. Together, they sat down on a riverbank, covering their noses against the stench. The river had meant the world to this family. It had given them years of fresh crab and fish. It had provided clean, healthy water for swimming and sailing. Rick sighed and put his arm on his son’s shoulder.
S. nuclear ships docking in the harbor. Rick was grudgingly impressed by the passionate activists. Rick did two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and took incoming missiles on his first night in-country. Eventually, he ended up working as a defense counsel in a supply depot called Red Beach, not too far from Denang. There he defended marines who had been court-martialed for murder, fragging, and rape. By 1972, Rick was stateside again, working as a marine liaison to Congress during the final years of the war.
He read on: “A worldwide increase in toxic phytoplankton blooms over the past twenty years has coincided with increasing reports of fish diseases and deaths of unknown cause. ” Suspect identified, Rick thought. The term “dinoflagellates” describes a large group of common plankton with plantlike features, including the ability to photosynthesize. But they can also take on animal-like characteristics, including the ability to move around at will. The protozoa have flagella, or whiplike tails, for locomotion and steering, and typically move around in a distinctive whirling fashion (dinos is Greek for “whirling”).