Climate change and habitat destruction are not the only culprits behind so many animals facing extinction. The impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us.
- We are falsely led to believe that squeezing animals into factory farms and cultivating crops in vast, chemical-soaked prairies is a necessary evil, an efficient means of providing for an ever-expanding global population while leaving land free for wildlife
- Our planet's resources are reaching breaking point: awareness is slowly building that the wellbeing of society depends on a thriving natural world
From the author of the internationally acclaimed Farmageddon, Dead Zone takes us on an eye-opening investigative journey across the globe, focussing on a dozen iconic species one-by-one and looking in each case at the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight. This is a passionate wake-up call for us all, laying bare the myths that prop up factory farming before exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.
Philip Lymbery is the CEO of leading international farm animal welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming, and a prominent commentator on the effects of industrial farming.
"An honest, compelling and important account and a critical plea for a fusion of farming, food and nature to provide global ecological security"
– Chris Packham
"A must-read for everyone who loves the wondrous wild creatures with whom we share our precious planet"
– Joanna Lumley OBE
"Dead Zone is a very important book [...] Conservationists, corporations and governments must find a way to end this devastation before it is too late"
– Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
"A timely and important book"
– Tony Juniper, environmentalist, author and Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit
"Cheap, factory-farmed meat is killing us and killing the planet – in terms of its impact on our water, forest, soils and biodiversity. Dead Zone lays bare those ecocidal connections"
– Jonathan Porritt, Founder and Director of Forum for the Future
"Highly informed, utterly compelling [...] Lymbery's narrative threads are subtle and replete with powerful evidence [...] He does a superb job of equipping us with the hard facts. No author can do more"
– Mark Cocker, New Statesman
"A slam dunk of factory farming"
– Irish Times