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Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

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Most of us are aware that many animals are threatened by extinction--the plight of creatures such as polar bears, tigers, and whales has been well publicized. While this is typically attributed to climate change and habitat destruction, few people realize that there is a direct link to consumer demand for cheap meat.

Some may see intensive farming as a necessary evil. After
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Tanja Berg
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecology, non-fiction
The entire book can be summarized with: we're screwed, and it's our own fault.

A viable solution to alleviate the situation: forsake meat once a week. I have steered my household's eating into fish and fowl. Preferably birds reared locally, outside, in decent conditions. I would really prefer to be a vegetarian going on vegan, but that would mean preparing two meals and that's just not in the cards.

The Norwegian farmed salmon is being moved to a plant-based diet, but still, the majority of the wo
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Chris
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
July 2017 My Book Box Non-fiction selection

I am at once very conflicted and very disappointed in this book. It is not a bad book. In fact, Lymbery's view on farming are ones that I agree with and of those farms I try to support. In fact, I stopped buy Purdue chicken several years ago after watching a Fronline program about chicken farms and pollution.

So I agree with his thesis.

At times, I found this book interesting. The chapters on palm oil and corn in particular stood out. It's just that somet
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Sonia Faruqi
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dead Zone is an astonishing feat. To describe it as well-written and well-researched is an understatement. The author has traveled around the world to document the (often unexpected) effects of human eating habits on wildlife. Each chapter focuses on a specific wild animal and how its fate has become unfortunately interlinked with human eating habits. They include the elephant, bison, shrimp, water vole, jaguar, penguin, and bumblebee. Lymbery’s style is compelling and his prose descriptive. Mor ...more
Pete daPixie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: What's the point?
Shelves: green, manimals
A freaky, frightening and highly disturbing report by Philip Lymbery, 'Dead Zone' spells out a 21st century warning in a very similar way to Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' way back in 1962. These publications are separated by fifty five years, but Lymbery's 'point of no return' earth predictions happen in 2050, in thirty three years time, if global agri business continues on it's present road.
The author's previous book was 'Farmageddon' and here again his beef is meat! Industrial factory farms
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Shannan
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: extinction, animals
Harrowing read. Even when you are the choir there is always more nuance to the song. More details to process. Read the last chapter if you need a mental sorbet.

As a reference get out your markers some of this stuff you are definitely want to come back to.

I learnt a new word from this book- chickenization. It’s actually a word, look it up!
Reynaldo Calvillo
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dead Zone talks about the impact that over-farming and pesticides have on animals and ecosystems. Each chapter is about a different species of animal and the effects that over-farming has on its habitat. The book goes on to explain how a lot of the world's grain is used to feed livestock and make them grow faster and bigger. Also, how all the land that is used to grow grain could be used to grow something else. A specific example would be in the chapter where he talks about the Jaguar and how so ...more
Paul
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is an extremely readable and important book that talks about an issue few even think about at all, that being the true cost of cheap meat that so many millions and millions take for granted, and the environmental catastrophe it is causing. The author travels to a wide variety of locales around the globe, showing examples of how the widespread factory farming of animals is causing wildlife to disappear, is bad for soil, water, air and many other aspects of the environment we all depend on fo ...more
Liisa
This book has one excellent aspect and two quite annoying things. Let’s start with the positive. Dead Zone gave me heaps of information about the problems related to agriculture – new views to issues I was already familiar with and introductions to ones I hadn’t even heard of before. But I wish the book was more concise and focused on those brilliant facts. Instead, there’s a lot of personal stories and I wasn’t interested in reading about things like how Philip Lymbery and her wife celebrated t ...more
Patrycja
Jul 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pozycja poniżej krytyki. Autor opisuje wpływ rolnictwa na dzikie zwierzęta, jednak jest to bardzo jednostronne. Bierze pod uwagę tylko swoje obserwacje. Nie ma prawie żadnych odniesień do badań, a użyte przypisy są z jednostronnych źródeł popierająych jego zdanie. Autor przeprowadza wywiady tylko z osobami, które podzielają jego opinie.
Polecam przeczytanie rozdziału o bocianach. Prawie cały nawiązuję do sytuacji Polski sprzed i po wejściu do Unii Europejskiej. Znając polskie realia w tym rozdzi
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Richard
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read both Farmageddon and Deadzone by Philip Lymbery and together they contain the most important messages that I've ever read. The origins of our food and the issues that modern farming practises cause are really important for everyone to know. Both books are 5 out of 5 and need to be national curriculum in schools in my opinion!
Jei Bubble
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, about how factory farming is affecting the habitats of animals.
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