Farmageddon : the true cost of cheap meat / Philip Lymbery with Isabel Oakeshott.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library||636.088 LYM (Text)||33187004046062||Nonfiction||Reshelving||-|
- ISBN: 9781408846445
- ISBN: 1408846446
- Physical Description: xv, 426 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Introduction: Old Macdonald -- I RUDE AWAKENINGS -- 1 California Girls: a vision of the future? -- 2 Henpecked: the truth behind the label -- II NATURE -- 3 Silent Spring: the birth of farming's chemical age -- 4 Wildlife: the great disappearing act -- 5 Fish: farming takes to the water -- 6 Animal Care: what happened to the vet? -- III HEALTH -- 7 Bugs 'n' drugs: the threat to public health -- 8 Expanding Waistlines: food quality takes a nose-dive -- IV MUCK -- 9 Happy as Pig: tales of pollution -- 10 Southern Discomfort: the rise of the industrial chicken -- V SHRINKING PLANET -- 11 Land: how factory farms use more, not less -- 12 Thicker than Water: draining rivers lakes and oil wells -- 13 Hundred-dollar Hamburger: the illusion of cheap food -- VI TOMORROW'S MENU -- 14 GM: feeding people or factory farms? -- 15 China: Mao's mega-farm dream comes true -- 16 Kings, Commoners and Supermarkets: where the power lies -- 17 New Ingredients: rethinking our food -- 18 The Solution: how to avert the coming food crisis -- 19. Consumer Power: what you can do.
|Summary, etc.:|| Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating - as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming revolution threatens our countryside, health and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world. * Our health is under threat: half of all antibiotics used worldwide (rising to 80 per cent in US) are routinely given to industrially farmed animals, contributing to the emergence of deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs * Wildlife is being systematically destroyed: bees are now trucked across the States (and even airfreighted from Australia) to pollinate the fruit trees in the vast orchards of California, where a chemical assault has decimated the wild insect population * Fresh fish are being hoovered from the oceans: fish that could feed local populations are being turned into fishmeal for farmed fish, chickens and pigs thousands of miles away * Cereals that could feed billions of people are being given to animals: soya and grain that could nourish the world's poorest, are now grown increasingly as animal fodder * Epidemic waste underpins the mega-farming model: while food prices rocket, surplus food is thrown away Farmageddon is a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world - from the UK, Europe and the USA, to China, Argentina, Peru and Mexico. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.
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