The True Cost of Cheap Meat. By: Philip Lymbery Media of Farmageddon food chain and what we are eating – as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. PDF | On Oct 6, , Rita Hansen Sterne and others published Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat. Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat is a non-fiction book by Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott. It surveys the effects of industrial livestock.

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Around billion farmed fish are produced globally each year, about 30 billion more than pigs cows and chickens and other terrestrial farm animals combined.

Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. I took so much for granted till I read the book. Fortunately, after all the doom and gloom of animal suffering, ludicrous volumes of trud, destroyed land and rivers, there is a strong message of hope vost extensive suggestions for how individual consumers can help to make a real difference.

Views Read Edit View history. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming farmagwddon threatens our countryside, health and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world.

Whatever space ‘saved’ by intensive farming is countered by the expansion of farmland to feed those animals which can’t feed themselves. Excellent, lucid account of how modern factory farming harms animals, humans and the environment alike.

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Ships from and sold by Amazon. So just how serious is the impact of industrial farming? Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

I was shocked by the degree of illness and disease reported in densely farmed animals. Here’s a link to one of the many videos about the meat industry on YouTube. The tragedy farmagevdon that while intensive farms provide ideal conditions for the emergence of new aggressive disease strains, wild birds can then become infected too. O terrifying expose of the state of industrialized farming – crops, fish, animals – and the environmental degradation, endless abuse and cycle of waste throughout the system.


Philip Lymbery and Isobel Oakshot, in their book ‘ Farmageddon – the True Cost Cheap Meat ‘ have gone to great lengths to raise awareness of just how devious and deceptive is the globalised ‘cheap food’ conveyor belt that churns out the Western World’s daily diet. On the afrmageddon, the majority of individuals negotiating their way through 21st century urban and off life styles demand cheap, uniform foods that, in order to fulfil the consumers’ supermarket groomed expectations, are grown according to methods that are about as different from ‘natural’ as plastic is to wood.

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The National Health Service is the largest publicly funded health service on the planet and employs a staggering 1. At least they are trying to do the right thing. Apparently this is not the case and the unnaturally speedy growth rates of these animals are the cause.

This book is about a system which doesn’t work and is destroying people, animals and ultimately, the planet. Philip Lymbery is the director of Compassion in World Farming, a remarkable farmer pioneered organisation formed in which now has worldwide offices and an equally eclectic swelling membership. But such sane suggestions are for a different book. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

He’s an activist for humane treatment of animals, to be sure, but he’s also even-handed, logical, and extremely cogent in his presentation. I’m going to look to buy locally grown produce, especially organic, grass fed meat and dairy products in place of cheap, grain fed, intensively reared supermarket meat. At that time Philip was somewhat sceptical of the Soil Association’s welfare standards for organically raised livestock which I and my colleagues were moulding and refining for publication, seeing any form of commercial farming as synonymous with animal exploitation.

It is a powerful illustration of the short sighted approach taken to food production since the s. I can’t fault the quality of writing but I did feel the book was way too long and didn’t really cot on the sub title the true cost of meat Loading comments… Trouble loading? Buy the selected items together This item: With fascinating insights on every page e. I expected farmagexdon of the book to cover familiar ground as I thought I had a good grasp of the current situation regarding factory farming in the UK.

I say it is “moderate” because the author is not a vegetarian or a vegan, and advocates for purchasing meat from more sustainable, local chexp. Consumers should eat less meat.


According to Lymbery veterinarians should not support systems that are “inherently bad for animal welfare”, which allegedly is the case in “mass production of broiler chickens, caged production of eggs, the large-scale permanent housing of dairy cows so-called mega dairies and highly intensive pig production where mothering pigs are kept in confinement where they can’t turn around for weeks at a time”. It ends on a note of optimism that a combination of geo-engineering and a return to a more balanced diet and way of farming can solve the enormous problems factory farming has caused.

I’ve read a lot of books on food production, farming, marketing etc so there weren’t that many surprises in cosg.

Child labour in cocoa production Fair trade coffee Fast food criticism Food safety Genetically modified food controversies. Lymbery thankfully leaves out exhortations to go vegan, being content to advise us all to simply tne more conscious of what we put into our mouths everyday.

I strongly reccomend this book to all the responsible consumers. Portion sizes are way to big in the USA, it is no wonder we have so many hugely obese people! It is difficult to persuade vets who have invested so much of their careers in propping teh intensive farming to turn their back on such systems.

It’s not a book that preaches vegetarianism, but moderation I’ve read a lot of books on food production, farming, marketing etc so there weren’t that many surprises in here. Do you want to know how chickens suffer from not being able to stretch and being made to stand on their sensitive feet in wire cages so their eggs can fall through and roll down to factory workers who are practically slaves?

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

The unfortunate animals that must endure this hideous regime are milked-out after just two to three years and sold off into the ubiquitous hamburger trade. A third of farmagedeon world’s cropland is devoted to growing feed for animals.

Just as the British are only somewhat increasingly embarrassed about trur colonial past and how they treated places around the world as their personal playground while simultaneously occasionally taking up some social justice issue or other, they talk about animals very similarly.

A Wonderful, informative, interesting book.