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big quotation marks An important new book on animal agriculture, CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories by Dan Imhoff is a powerful, oversized volume of images and writing on an issue that has been heating up this summer and promises to be in the news this fall as food safety legislation is debated in the Senate.

— Michael Pollan  big quotations marks

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August, 2010
400 pages, 12" x 13"
Edited by Daniel Imhoff
US $50.00
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CAFO and The CAFO Reader are now the centerpiece of our current "Putting the CAFO out to Pasture" campaign.


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CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories — Overview

CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories provides an unprecedented view of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations — a.k.a. CAFOs — where increasing amounts of the world’s meat, milk, eggs, and fish are produced. As the photos and essays in this powerful book demonstrate, the rise of the CAFO industry around the world has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. Industrial livestock production is now a leading source of climate changing emissions, a source of fresh water pollution, and a significant contributor to diet-related diseases such as obesity and the spread of food-borne illnesses. The intensive concentration of animals in such crammed and filthy conditions, which cause the animals to be dependent on antibiotic medicines and steady streams of subsidized industrial feeds, poses serious moral and ethical considerations for all of us.

CAFO also offers a compelling vision for a healthier food system: one that is humane, sound for farmers and communities, and safer for both consumers and the environment. The book’s ultimate message is clear: We can and certainly must do better.

Designed to be an invaluable educational resource in the battle to reform the tragic state of animal factory farming, CAFO will also inform and influence the growing public movement of activists, farmers, policy makers, medical professionals, and consumers who are working to make our food healthier for ourselves, for domesticated animals, and for the planet.

Featuring more than 450 images from photographers from across the globe and more than 30 essays by today’s leading thinkers on food and agriculture, including Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Anna Lappé, Wenonah Hauter, Eric Schlosser, Fred Kirschenmann, and Matthew Scully, CAFO takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey into the alarming world of animal factory farming.


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