Summary of Farmageddon

The True Cost of Cheap Meat

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Farmageddon book summary
From farm to table isn’t a gourmet restaurant theme; it’s a trail of tears.


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Sustainability advocate Philip Lymbery discusses what’s gone wrong on the farm, the big factory farm, that is. He covers human and animal misery, air and water pollution, and apocalyptic potential outcomes while also offering solutions and real hope. Lymbery, writing with journalist Isabel Oakeshott, could give more attention to the pros and cons of various agricultural options – including traditional farming, though it does have limits, and better alternatives for aquaculture and genetically modified crops. Even so, this sad but well-researched report demolishes any notion that society can continue on its current carnivorous path. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this reportorial lament to investors, futurists, environmentalists, business people and parents deciding what to feed their kids. You’ll never view supermarket chicken, steak or farmed salmon in the same way.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why governments and corporations discourage traditional, natural farming
  • Why industrialized agriculture now dominates, despite its drawbacks
  • How “factory farming” harms animals, people and the Earth
  • What alternatives are available


Commercial Farms
Nature produces food: Animals graze or forage, mostly eating foods that humans don’t consume. Animals convert food into waste products that fertilize the fields, forests and oceans. Humans butcher the animals for meat, and the cycle continues. Commercial farms, on the ...
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About the Authors

Philip Lymbery is an activist for animal welfare and human health worldwide. Isabel Oakeshott is a political journalist and commentator.

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    Travis Bryan 2 years ago
    Is this a joke?
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    Emily Pratt 2 years ago
    Sounds like an unrealistic approach to supplying our protein needs. I don't think I would gain anything from this book. Unless this guy wants to get into the beef business, let's leave it up to the guys and gals that know what they're doing. 
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    Shelly Cobb 2 years ago
    Implolres mega farming,but promotes GMO. The authors should look deeper into GMO as a questionable alternative.

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