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Publication date October 1, 2010
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(Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations):
The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

Edited by Daniel Imhoff

Our domesticated livestock have never been as cruelly confined or slaughtered in such massive quantities in all of history, driven by the rise of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Few people realize that a growing majority of the world's meat, dairy, eggs, fish, and seafood are now produced in CAFOS.

CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories (Earth Aware, October 2010) contains 30 essays by today’s leading thinkers on one of the most important environmental and ethical issues of our time. Contributors include Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Fred Kirschenmann, Anna Lappé, Matthew Scully, Eric Schlosser, Andrew Kimbrell, and Wenonah Hauter. These essays analyze and vividly depict the devastating impacts and current conditions in and around factory farms.

But what really sets this book this powerful book apart are a collection of more than 450 photographs, providing an unprecedented behind-the-scenes journey into the grim world of animal factory food production.

Editor Daniel Imhoff exposes myths often perpetuated by the CAFO industry: industrial food is cheap, efficient, and healthy; CAFOs are farms not factories, and are good for rural communities; industrial food can feed the world and benefit the environment and wildlife; and CAFO manure is a benign resource.

The collection also provides a compelling vision of “putting the CAFO out to pasture,” in which food systems become more healthy, humane, and sustainable.

Imhoff encourages readers to “vote with your fork,” and offers best practices lists including “Know Where Your Food Comes From,” “What You Can Do,” and “What Policy Makers Can Do.”

CAFO will quickly become an invaluable educational resource in the battle to reform the tragic state of industrial livestock production. It will also inform and influence the growing movement of activists, farmers, policy makers, and consumers who are aiming to make our food healthier for ourselves and the planet.

Daniel Imhoff is the editor of The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories and the photo-format companion volume, CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories. He is a writer and independent publisher whose many books include Food Fight, Farming with the Wild, Paper or Plastic, Building with Vision, and Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature. He lives in Northern California.

Published by Earth Aware
400 pages, 450 photographs, 12 x 13-1/2"
Hardcover 978-1-60109-058-4 $50.00