The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

by Daniel Imhoff

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ISBN-13: 9780970950055
Publisher: Watershed Media
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 817,401
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author


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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Douglas R. Tompkins ix

Introduction Daniel Imhoff xiii

Part 1 The Pathological Mindset of the CAFO

Introduction: From Agrarianism to Industrialism 3

Farm Factories: The End of Animal Husbandry Bernard E. Rollin 6

Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism-for Animals Matthew Scully 15

Cold Evil: The Ideologies of Industrialism Andrew Kimbrell 29

Renewing Husbandry: The Mechanization of Agriculture Is Fast Coming to an End Wendell Berry 44

Man, the Paragon of Animals? Questioning Our Assumptions About Evolution Christopher Manes 52

Part 2 Myths of the CAFO

Myth: Industrial Food Is Cheap 63

Myth: Industrial Food Is Efficient 66

Myth: Industrial Food Is Healthy 69

Myth: CAFOs Are Farms, Not Factories 72

Myth: CAFOs Are Good for Rural Communities 75

Myth: Industrial Food Benefits the Environment and Wildlife 78

Myth: Industrial Food Can Feed the World 81

Myth: CAFO Manure Is a Benign Resource 84

Part 3 Inside the CAFO

Introduction: What the Industry Doesn't Want Us to Know 89

Power Steer: On the Trail of Industrial Beef Michael Pollan 92

Boss Hog: The Rapid Rise of Industrial Swine Jeff Tietz 109

Watching the Chickens Pass By: The Grueling Monotony of the Disassembly Line Steve Striffler 125

The Milk of Human Unkindness: Industrialization and the Supercow Anne Mendelson 131

Size Matters: The Meat Industry and the Corruption of Darwinian Economics Steve Bjerklie 139

Floating Hog Farms: Industrial Aquaculture Is Spoiling the Aquatic Commons? Ken Stier Emmett Hopkins 147

Part 4 The Loss of Diversity

Introduction: Extinction Is Forever 161

Old MacDonald Had Diversity: The Role of Traditional Breeds in a Dynamic Agricultural Future Donald E. Bixby 164

Squeezed to the Last Drop: The Loss of Family Farms Tom Philpott 176

Assault on Nature: CAFOs and Biodiversity Loss George Wuerthner 182

Narrowing of Poultry Breeds 191

Traditional Versus Industrial Beef and Dairy Cattle 192

Traditional Swine and Lean Hogs 193

Demise of the Family Farmer 194

Loss of Individual Farms 195

Part 5 Hidden Costs of CAFOS

Introduction: Economists Have Forgotten How to Add 199

From Farms to Factories: Pillaging the Commons Robert F. Kennedy 202

Bad Meat: Deregulation Makes Eating a High-Risk Behavior Eric Schlosser 206

CAFOs Are in Everyone's Backyard: Industrial Agriculture, Democracy, and the Future Kendall Thu 210

Paying the Polluters: Animal Factories Feast on Taxpayer Subsidies Martha Noble 221

Sliced and Diced: The Labor You Eat Christopher D. Cook 232

Diet for a Hot Planet: Livestock and Climate Change Anna Lappé 240

Part 6 Technological Takeover

Introduction: From Farms to High-Tech 251

Antibiotic Drug Abuse: CAFOs Are Squandering Vital Human Medicines Leo Horrigan Jay Graham Shawn McKenzie 254

Franken Food: Livestock Cloning and the Quest for Industrial Perfection Rebecca Spector 262

Genetically Engineered Farm Animals: A Brazen Effort to Make Nature Fit the Industrial Mold Jaydee Hanson 273

Nuclear Meat: Using Radiation and Chemicals to Make Food "Safe" Wenonah Hauter 287

Part 7 Putting the CAFO Out to Pasture

Introduction: Toward a Humane, Equitable, and Sustainable Food System 297

Toward Sustainability: Moving from Energy Dependence to Energy Exchange Fred Kirschenmann 300

The Good Farmer: An Agrarian Approach to Animal Agriculture Peter Kaminsky 308

Changing the Law: The Road to Reform Paige Tomaselli Meredith Niles 314

A Chef Speaks Out: Making the Case for Taste Dan Barber 330

Dismantlement: A Movement to Topple Industrial Animal Agriculture Erik Marcus 336

The Farmer's Bind: Scaling Up for a Different Kind of Agriculture Becky Weed 348

Healing: Restoring Health, Wealth, and Respect to Food and Farming Joel Salatin 355

Vote with Your Fork: It's Time for Citizens to Take Back the Food System Daniel Imhoff 366

Know Where Your Food Comes From 375

What You Can Do 376

What Policy Makers Can Do 377

Contributors 379

Resources 385

A Glossary of CAFO Terms and Euphemisms 395

Selected Bibliography 400

Acknowledgments 404

Credits 405

Notes 407

Index 439

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