By David Kirby
Swine flu. chicken flu. strange concentrations of melanoma and different ailments. huge fish kills from flesh-eating parasites. remembers of meats, greens, and end result due to lethal E-coli bacterial contamination.
Recent public overall healthiness crises increase pressing questions about how our animal-derived foodstuff is raised and taken to marketplace. In Animal Factory, bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the robust company and political pursuits at the back of large-scale manufacturing facility farms, and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food.
In this completely researched publication, Kirby follows 3 households and groups whose lives are totally replaced through huge neighboring animal farms. those farms (known as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” or CAFOs), confine hundreds of thousands of pigs, dairy farm animals, and fowl in small areas, frequently lower than scary stipulations, and generate huge, immense volumes of fecal and organic waste in addition to different pollutants. Weaving technological know-how, politics, legislations, large enterprise, and way of life, Kirby accompanies those households of their struggles opposed to animal factories. A North Carolina fisherman takes on pig farms upstream to maintain his river, his family’s existence, and his domestic. A mom in a small Illinois city pushes again opposed to a large dairy farm and its devastating influence. And a Washington country grandmother turns into an not going activist whilst her house is invaded via foul odors and her water offer is compromised by means of runoff from leaking lagoons of livestock waste.
Animal Factory is a vital ebook approximately our American nutrition method long past extraordinarily wrong---and the folk who're battling to revive sustainable farming practices and store our restricted ordinary resources.
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In the late summer or early fall, a billion or more menhaden converge to swim en masse out to the ocean. Once there, they breed and then die, releasing stored-up nitrogen and phosphorus into the open waters. But when millions of fish instead die prematurely in the Neuse, those excess nutrients remain where they are. Rick began to hear other fishermen around New Bern speaking of odd experiences on the water. Their problems went beyond skin sores. Some suffered from memory loss and worse. Some guys were passing out in their boats, then drifting for miles unanchored and unconscious.
What Inskeep should have done was call the state and have everyone work out a solution together,” she told reporters. ” And, she noted, a new problem was besieging the dairy. The state had advised Inskeep to stop pumping any more waste into his lagoon. As a result, according to local media reports, a rising backwash of flush water was now spilling from the barns and milking parlor and pooling into a massive manure lake that engulfed the cattle confinements. The lake, growing by the hour, already held two million gallons of brown stinking water.
That triggers the alga to break free from its cyst form and move toward its prey, releasing an extremely potent toxin that stuns them. In laboratories at North Carolina State, the removal of live fish from tanks was followed by “rapid algal encystment and dormancy,” the letter said. When new fish were put back in, the cycle of death started anew. “This dinoflagellate was abundant in the water during major fish kills in local estuaries, but only while fish were dying; within several hours of death where carcasses were still present, the flagellated vegetative algal population had encysted and settled back to the sediments,” the authors wrote.
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby