Book Review: Farmageddon in Pictures

I loved Philip Lymbery’s earlier books Farmageddon and Dead Zone, and so was excited when a friend gifted me a copy of Mr. Lymbery’s Farmageddon in Pictures (2017).

My thoughts on Farmageddon and Farmageddon in Pictures resemble Peter Singer’s thoughts on my own book, Project Animal Farm: “I thought I already knew everything there is to know about modern animal production, but I learned many new things from this very readable book, and you will, too.”

Mr. Lymbery is CEO of leading animal welfare organization Compassion in World Farming, which combats factory farming at a global level. Farmageddon in Pictures is a concise, photography-filled version of Farmageddon. It contains the same incisive reporting, fairness, and depth.

The two Farmageddon books present a global overview of factory farming today and why it is dangerously problematic. The books discuss and draw connections between, for instance:

  • Animal welfare – the intensive confinement of farm animals
  • Health concerns – antibiotic resistance, flu viruses
  • Wildlife endangerment – the cycle of pesticides, genetically modified crops, and monocultures destroys habitats for birds, bees, and butterflies
  • Environmental issues – the entire factory farming system is an example of a waste of limited resources; in addition, manure pollutes soil and water

Parts of Mr. Lymbery’s investigative journey resembled my own in the research for Project Animal Farm, including visits to mega-dairies in California. He takes the conversation on factory farming further than most, however, by diving into the increasingly important realm of fish farming.

In conclusion, Mr. Lymbery lays out how we can all be a part of the solution by eating more conscientiously and encouraging better farming practices. You can find Mr. Lymbery’s work on Amazon here.

Book Description

Farmageddon: the quiet revolution of mega-farming that is threatening our countryside, farms, and food.

Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating–as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming revolution threatens our health and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world.

Farmageddon is a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world–from the UK, Europe and the USA, to China, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.