CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories provides an unprecedented view of concentrated animal feeding operations—aka CAFOs—where increasing amounts of the world’s meat, milk, eggs, and seafood 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 both freshwater and ocean pollution, and a significant contributor to diet-related diseases such as obesity and the spread of foodborne illnesses. The intensive concentration of animals in such crammed and filthy conditions dependent on antibiotic medicines and steady streams of subsidized industrial feeds poses serious moral and ethical concerns for all of us.

Featuring more than 400 photographs and thirty essays by today’s leading thinkers on food and agriculture, including Wendell Berry, Wenonah Hauter, Fred Kirschenmann, Anna Lappé, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Matthew Scully, CAFO takes readers on a behind-thescenes journey into the dismal world of animal factory farming. It also offers a compelling vision for a healthier food system: one that is humane, sound for farmers and communities, and safer for consumers and the environment. The book’s ultimate message is clear: We can and certainly must do better.

Along with its companion volume, The CAFO Reader, CAFO is designed to be an invaluable educational resource in the battle to reform the tragic state of animal factory farming. It 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 the planet.

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CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories
Hardcover; 400 pages; 450 full color photographs and 30 essays. $50

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The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories
Paperback; 462 pages; 34 essays. $21.95

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