CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation):
The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

A comprehensive critique of factory farming, CAFO shines a spotlight on concentrated animal feeding operations—“CAFOs”—where increasing amounts of the world’s meat, milk, eggs, and fish are produced. The CAFO model of intensive production in which animals are forced to endure miserable conditions is an ethical and ecological tragedy. The system is dependent upon rampant use of antibiotics and steady streams of subsidized industrial feeds. Industrial livestock production is now a leading source of climate-changing emissions, causes rampant freshwater and ocean pollution, and contributes significantly to diet-related diseases such as obesity and the spread of food-borne illnesses. Featuring more than 400 photographs and thirty essays by today’s leading thinkers on food and agriculture, CAFO illuminates the dismal world of animal factory farming and also offers a compelling vision for a healthier food system: one that is humane, supports farmers and communities, and is safer for people and nature.

The Foundation for Deep Ecology has granted thousands of copies of CAFO to nongovernmental organizations fighting to reform the current model of industrial animal factory farming.

CAFO and its companion volume The CAFO Reader received various accolades including the Independent Publishers Book Award Outstanding Books of the Year in the category “Most Likely to Save the Planet.” CAFO was also named the 2011 Nautilus Gold Award Winner in the category of “Conscious Media/Journalism/Investigative Reporting.”

Contributors: Edited by Daniel Imhoff; with essays by Wendell Berry, Wenonah Hauter, Fred Kirschenmann, Anna Lappé, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Matthew Scully, and many others.

Copublished with Earth Aware Editions, 2010.

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