Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? (must-see)

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One Beautiful Tomato and Lots of Cucumbers

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on Dec 24, 2010

Gone are the days of grazing cattle now we have mega dairies that are rarely witnessed by the public where cows rarely go outside. Journalist David Kirby of New York (author of Animal Factory) describes them as factories rather than farms. Is animal welfare being sacrificed for volume? Panorama manages to gain entrance into a modern pig farm in North Carolina where pigs are injected with antibiotics and fed with hormones that enable them to grow from the size of a fist to the size of an adult in just five months. The Orwellian term C.A.F.O (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) is used by the US government to describe the modern factory farming operation.

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David Kirby on “The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment”

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Democracy Now!
August 24, 2010

We speak with David Kirby about his book Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment. “We need more regulations, and we need enforcement of the regulations,” Kirby says. “These [food] companies are self-policing, and they are operating on the honor system. And consumers are obviously paying the price.” [includes rush transcript]

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Animal Factory – A Book Review

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 19, 2010

English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatte...

English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatted floor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the book Animal Factory (St. Martin’s Press 2010), David Kirby, an investigative journalist, chronicles the lives of three people fighting the presence of Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) who have moved into their vicinity, effectively destroying the quality of their lives and putting their health in jeopardy. The subtitle of the book reads: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. In reading the 452 page book, one quickly realizes that it is not a Looming Threat, but a clear and present danger.

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