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Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food

Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food

by Sonia Faruqi


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Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors.

Finalist for the 2017 International Book Awards

Runner-up for the 2016 New England Book Festival Award

Finalist for the 2015 Chautauqua Prize (longlist)

Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she came to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life: a commitment to change things.

Driven by impulsive will and searing passion, Sonia left behind everything she knew and loved to search the planet for solutions to benefit animals, human health, and the environment. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions—both about the food industry and herself.

Lively and heartfelt, Sonia takes readers on an unforgettable adventure from top-secret egg warehouses in Canada to dairy feedlots in the United States, from farm offices in Mexico to lush pastures in Belize, from flocks of village chickens in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia.

Revelatory in scope, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987989
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Sonia Faruqi is the author of critically acclaimed Project Animal Farm. A masterful storyteller, she pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel, The Oyster Thief. She lives in Toronto and her website is

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Start of a Journey 1

A materialistic investment banker

Part 1 5

1 Organic Dairy Cows 7

Tethered, trained buttercups

2 Egg Agony 30

Cannibalism among crimson combs

3 Porkmaking By Machinery 58

Foam and Fire

4 Trilling Turkeys 81

The free-range fraud

5 Crank Chicken 95

The end of the beginning

6 Animal Heaven 118

Quality with a conscience

7 Red, White, and Bob Veal 140

Continement agriculture

8 Slaughter Horror 159

Unrelieved and needless suffering

Part 2 193

9 The Wondrous Islands of Indonesia 195

Cock-fighting and strawberry-picking

10 Fast Food Nation Malaysia 222

A nice big AC house for chickens

11 Lion City Singapore 249

Crispy pork belly

12 The Monsters of Mexico 256

A conversation with a veterinarian

13 Barefoot in Beautiful Belize 266

Living with Mennonite missionaries

14 Ag-Gag America 283

Glittering green mountains

15 American Mountain Meadow 309

The battle between pastoral and industrial

Conclusion: The Future is Already Here 327

A single garment of destiny

Epilogue: The End of Exploring 343

The apple of truth

Notes 353

Acknowledgments 355

Sources 357

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