Animal Factory

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Investigative journalist David Kirby discusses the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms, and tracks the far-reaching contamination they cause on our air, land, water, and food. In Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment he shows the role of industrial farming in the American food system, and tells the story of people who are fighting to restore sustainable farming practices and protect our natural resources.

Event David Kirby will be reading and signing books
Thursday, March 4, at 7:00 pm
Borders, Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle


David Kirby

Comments [17]

Henry S. from Manhattan

During the interview Leonard Lopate asked, "Aren't cows vegetarian?"

Vegetarians are people who, by choice, do not consume meat and perhaps other animal products.

The biological designation of a plant-eating animal is herbivore.

Herbivore is the appropriate description since a cow is not considering moral, environmental, health, and aesthetic reasons in choosing a plant-based diet, the way that a vegetarian does.

Mar. 07 2010 12:56 AM
Beth Leahy from York, ME

GO VEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 05 2010 02:54 PM
JP from NJ


In all due respect, I just don’t buy it. There’s no way any food club can even come close to competing with the likes of Stop and Shop, Pathmark, etc, etc… They don’t have the distribution, advertising, well established locations in just about every community and so on and never will. Otherwise they would become just another supermarket. If you’re going to do that, then why not fix the supermarket that’s there already? That's far more cost effective and realistic then re inventing the wheel. And it still comes down to cost. I know what foods are subsidized and why (farm bill) but people can barely afford to shop even at these crappy supermarkets. You’re willing to make the sacrifice and can. I myself take advantage of some of the great farmer’s markets here in NJ when its harvest season. But contrary to belief, there are a lot of people out there that are not buying big plasma TV’s with their credit cards but are instead using them just to put food on the table for their family. And as far as lobbyist go, they all have to go. You can’t pick and choose who is good or bad. It’s all or nothing. And yes there are some good intended lobbing going on. But to cure the cancer, it all has to be killed because you know it will eventually come back if you don’t. Remember, Stop and Shop does not care about you or your food club and never will because they know they have the cheapest prices in town and that at the end of day is what keeps there customer base coming back, not how good thier eggs taste. But if you get rid lobbyists (all lobbyist, state, federal and local), you’ll then actually be able to tell Stop and Shop what to do instead of Stop and Shop giving you whatever they can profit on. As an extra bonus, you might also actually have the first true democracy in human history.

Mar. 04 2010 02:58 PM

Leonard When are you going to have Joel Salatin on?

Just think about exports when GMOs are OK and threaten our organic food supply - Nobody will take it - not in the EU

Mar. 04 2010 02:18 PM

JP from NJ: Food costs in reality a lot more than we have been paying for decades. You get what you pay for (and that includes disease!)

I agree, lobbyists need to be brought under control - you CAN vote with your wallet. I belong to a buying club. The farmers provide us with grass fed meat poultry and dairy - raw dairy - and it is unbelievably delicious - and certified (raw dairy) and tested far more often than industrial organic ultra-pasteuried (nutrient sparse) - it's less expensive!!! The eggs are more expensive but night and day difference in apprearance and nutrition. No worries abotu salmonella there! AND we have an org that helps us lobby our legislators in favor of small farmers.IT CAN BE DONE.

Mar. 04 2010 01:44 PM

Kosher is no different unless you seek out your own farmers for pastured, grass fed meat and poultry

Mar. 04 2010 01:36 PM
JP from NJ

I truly don’t believe you can vote with your wallet by buying on the other extreme, way overpriced produce and meat. Especially considering the average person’s personal income has not risen in several years while the cost of living keeps going up. The only way to start fixing this problem and most other problems in this country is to outright outlaw lobbying. That’s how the industry owns the government. It’s as simple as that. What’s the heaviest lobbied bill out there right now? The farm bill. A bill that could do a lot of good but is doing a lot of bad. Until you get rid of the lobbyist, absolutely nothing will change, no matter how much money you spend at whole foods.

Mar. 04 2010 01:26 PM
Colette from NJ

where do you find meat that hasn't been factory produced and is organic enough?

Mar. 04 2010 01:16 PM
Amy from Manhattan

To continue w/the acronym theme, if a Republican In Name Only is a RINO, does that make Blanche Lincoln a DINO? Seems quite appropriate to me!

Mar. 04 2010 12:57 PM

These Western methods of intensive animal agriculture are being exported around the world, as are the social, environmental, and animal welfare consequences of these actions.

If you are interested in these issues, please check out this short 5 minute video that chronicles India's adoption of poultry factory farming.

And to answer the above question, CAFO is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, i.e factory farm

Mar. 04 2010 12:52 PM

Please stop calling it mad cow disease.. it is BSE.

Mar. 04 2010 12:51 PM
Tali Philipson from Port Washington, New York

How do you know if you are buying meat that is factory farmed? Is there a label?

What about stores like Whole Foods? Where is their meat from?

Mar. 04 2010 12:48 PM
nn from pa


Please define again. Thanks!

Mar. 04 2010 12:40 PM

I'm glad he mentioned the racial situation. I was actually in New Bern for a few days. Here, I had thought the South had changed. New Bern very much reminded me of the old South of the 60s.

There are a lot of very well off white people there, lots of major boats and marinas off the Pamlico Sound.

And yet, downtown, near where the black people live, it's poor, and has a really heavy police presence.

We got lost in what I can only describe as the ghetto, and stopped to ask directions. The man we asked seemed shocked, bemused at us. I hadn't seen that sort of reaction in a decade or more.

Mar. 04 2010 12:28 PM
lauren from NJ

we recently purchased property about an hour downriver from tar heel, NC and we were warned not to eat the river's fish, and to drill very deep wells as a lot of the groundwater is contaminated from pig farming.

Mar. 04 2010 12:25 PM
Andy from NJ

Methane is 8 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2,

and agribusiness has lobbied congress to have regulation of gas emissions from farms by the Department of Agriculture rather than EPA.

BTW, USDA is in the pocket of agribusiness.

Mar. 04 2010 12:17 PM

I would love to know if and how kosher meat - especially beef - falls into this.

The same corn based diet as the rest of the industry?

Mar. 04 2010 12:02 PM

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