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The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A bold yet realistic vision of how technology and social change are creating a food system in which we no longer use animals to produce meat, dairy, or eggs.

Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals brought widespread attention to the disturbing realities of factory farming. The End of Animal Farming pushes this conversation forward
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Beacon Press
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Ben Davidow
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been closely tracking the Clean Meat Revolution, Effective Altruism, and factory farming for years but still learned a ton from this book. Reese is a rigorous thinker and has packed these pages with powerful ideas. This book is a great read for anyone but especially (aspiring) entrepreneurs, scientists, activists and Effective Altruists. The next decade will be monumental in bringing down factory farming and those on the right side of history will prosper while freeing the world from a grea ...more
Henry Cooksley
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
61 key insights and thoughts after reading Jacy Reese’s new book, The End of Animal Farming

(Disclaimer - while I am part of the effective altruism community, I have no special incentive to give this a high rating just because I have interacted with the author before. My words are mine alone, although I thank Jenny Burrowes for her comments and suggestions.)

1. The scale of animal suffering is in the hundreds of billions killed *every year*. Most of that is unnecessary, which further adds to the t
Alfredo Parra
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone interested in the most recent developments and discussions on how we can bring about a world free of animal products. Sober and well-researched.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a fascinating read on how everyday people are trying to change the world using innovation to make a difference. It's a new frontier of activism and it's hard to stop reading once you start. It brings hope for a better future!
Ricardo Lopes
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a YouTuber and promoter of science, and having been a vegan for more than 4 years, I have very much appreciated Jacy's book.
He shows that he took the painful job of going through the relevant scientific literature in order to deliver a book to the public which, I think, has been longed for.
I have been part of vegan groups, many of which I eventually had to distance myself from because, unfortunately, members very rapidly start associating with pseudoscientific movements, and supporting envi
Amy Bruestle
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, I'd like to say that I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway contest! I am really glad that I was one of the lucky winners too, because honestly, although I would've definitely read this book if it was free, I know I wouldn't spend 30$ to read it...especially when I could get the same information online.

HOWEVER....I did win it, which is AWESOME, because Jacy Reese put all the information together in such a neat and organized way, which you wouldn't have, had you found it online
Rosie Campbell
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fascinating from both an animal advocacy perspective and a food technology perspective. Rigorous and evidence-based, yet entertaining and easy to read. I particularly appreciated the thoughtful analysis of effective and ineffective advocacy strategies. Paints a compelling picture of a future food system without animal cruelty, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this possibility.
Jonathon Tree
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend this book enough for anyone who views themselves as open-minded, or anyone interested in our modern food system, environment and social justice, or new technologies.

Throughout the book, the author presents a logical and well-structured case for replacing conventional animal farming with non-animal alternatives. It is a compelling and thoughtful look into a rapidly changing and often overlooked area of society, diving headfirst into a new world of animal ethics, food technology,
Lila Rieber
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not your average vegan book. Despite the moral urgency of the issue of animal farming, Reese is thoughtful and reflective, not preachy. A fascinating book on the history and science of the animal welfare movement, with clear ideas for advocates and ordinary people to help end animal exploitation.
This is a quick read with the main focus on the perpetual push toward ending the practice of animal factoring farming. Although the author touches on many important points, I felt this book fell a bit short for me. I have always been an advocate for the protection of animals and have been continually bettering my diet over my lifetime but this book lacked any real insight regarding the government's role with the nature of the manipulation of our food, our health risks, big pharma and to the savi ...more
I have read books and watched documentaries on eating to the exclusion of animals, documented studies, etc.
This book is one person's views. It wasn't for me, so I feel rating it would be a disservice to those interested in this topic. I do think that the current system will implode and already, most people are priced out of this "market" especially 4 legged creatures.

Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want everyone to read this. It focuses on the technology that will end animal farming, rather than the terrible conditions of animal farming, and it’s fascinating.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was great and so helpful. I've been vegetarian since 2010, and I've gone through periods of feeling frustrated and hopeless about how to make real progress in the field of animal welfare. I'm burned out on reading about the problems with our food system and eating meat, and it's not as easy to find high-quality content on what can be done realistically to address these systemic issues. Even if you eat meat, I think we can all agree that factory farming is truly horrific psycho shit, bu ...more
Mimi Tran
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The End of Animal Farming is a great read. I enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it to anyone who is intellectual curious, regardless of your level of interest in animal welfare or the world’s modern food system.

Having read /books and watched documentaries on the scale of animal suffering resulted from factory farming, I appreciated that the author stated right in the beginning of the book: “This is a book about exactly how we can solve those problems”. And author Reese delivered what he pr
Angelina Li
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book for anyone who wants a clear, level-headed introduction into the world of animal advocacy!
Liam Semple
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: activism
This is the book the vegan movement needs. The thrust of Reese's vision for the future is this: it is vegan, but it is not meatless. Yes, we will save cute baby cows from slaughter and still be grilling up burgers on the fourth of July.

Reese is a student of the effective altruism movement, and that is what makes this book such a compelling and accessible read, regardless of where to fall on the spectrum of "meat is murder" to Ron Swanson. The fact is, there's much reason to be optimistic, so th
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Animal farming will end by 2100’

Jacy Reese is the Research Director and co-founder of Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank researching the most effective strategies for expanding humanity’s moral circle. He previously served as Board Chair and as a researcher at Animal Charity Evaluators. His writing has appeared in Vox, Salon, and Quartz, and he has presented his research to academic and nonprofit audiences in over 20 countries.

In his Introduction Jacy not only address the topic at hand
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full of inspiring ideas about the future of food system. Factory farming is outdated and no longer a logical solution to meeting the rising global food demands. This book sheds light on the transformation that is taking place.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"People eat animal products in spite of how they are produced, not because of it."

"The proposition of animal consciousness, although treated as common sense by many of us today, is an inherently challenging concept. It threatens our human need to feel unique in the world."

"When we arrived we could hear a great tumult of bellowing. 'They must have separated the calves from the cows this morning.' Temple said, and , indeed that was what happened. We saw one cow outside the stockade, roaming, looki
Jakub Ferencik
This book goes into my 'favorite' shelf on Goodreads. Jacy Reese writes so clearly it almost hurts. I am jealous of his skill. I don't think I'll be able to write this way for a long time. Much respect in that regard. The arguments that are particularly interesting & - more importantly - new are his discussion on animal rights advocacy that appeals to short-term attention (such as PETA's media focus on animal cruelty & silly animal costumes that get exposure for being scandalous) vs. muc ...more
Teo 2050

Reese J (2018) (07:13) End of Animal Farming, The - How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System

– The future is brighter than you think
– Effective altruism
– Sketching out the road map

1. The Expanding Moral Circle
– Animal machines
– The scientific revolution
– If it walks like a duck
– Scientific consensus
– Popular science
– Social forces
– Moving forward

2. Emptying the Cages
– An embedded industry
– The biggest impact so far
– Animal ag’s big b
Kartik Raj
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jacy Reese's book is a must-read for everyone with any interest in the most important questions and trends in our food system. Reese presents lucid and compelling discussions on topics from biotechnology to human psychology to our moral views of animals and practically everything in between. He gives a grounded yet hopeful outlook of how we will come to create a more compassionate and sustainable food system through technological advances and institutional change.
For readers that don't know much
Michael Moats
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I am not now nor will I ever be a vegetarian . however, this book has merit. obviously if we are to conquer space we need a food supply that is portable, and easy to maintain. non animal alternatives will be necessary.

this book did not address or even mention any downside to abandoning animal farming. one downside is some of the ideas advocated in the book would lead to control of our food being concentrated in the hands of a few corporations. what types of pollution will be created? the conseq
Antti Värtö
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, tieto, yhteiskunta
Fantastic book that made me fantasise about quitting my job and starting a cultured meat business.

Reese is always polite in his book, but he does not mince words when it comes time to analyze the activists of the past (and, to lesser extent, present). Too often the focus has been on the individual and lifestyle choices: "Go Vegan". But this is a mistake, says Reese. Instead, activists should focus on institutional change. Vegan days in schools. Animal welfare laws. That sort of thinking.

Large po
Shane Hawk
An important addition to the growing breadth of effective altruism literature.

Reese is well-measured and thoughtful throughout his 200ish-page book. I gained a lot of knowledge and insight despite following the movement sporadically.

My praise is independent from being a consumer of animal products. I’ve always wrestled with the morality of living the way I do—most humans for that matter. My cognitive dissonance went into overdrive while soaking in this book which is always a telltale sign of a p
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I'm reading more and more vegan or animal-free books. When walking through my local library this bright red book cover caught my attention. I wondered if they would discuss Impossible Foods, a food brand that has created meat, that taste very near the real thing. So much like the real thing many people can't tell the difference. Not only does Jacy dive into this he does a very deep dive in, The End of Animal Farming. There is a lot of work put into this book and polished. Jacy has included many ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free, and I want to start by saying that I believe in the current farming industry. This book is incredibly well researched and does analyze some important growing trends in society and agriculture. I think this is a must read for anyone who is interested in the food or agricultural industries. It is biased but still very informative. As I said earlier, I disagree that animal-free is the way to go, and many animal farms do care deeply for the animals that are their livel ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway.

This is a book of solutions, which is such a rare and welcomed thing. As Jacy Reece says, “In order for an institution or individual to change their behavior in response to advocacy, they need to have both the motivation to make the change and the tools to do so.” This is a hopeful, level-headed, well-researched, and succinct book. I think it could be transformative; I hope so.
Desirée Matta
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Um ótimo manual pra quem quer dar os primeiros passos pra defesa dos direitos animais.
4 estrelas só porque grande parte do livro discute novas tecnologias de criação de "cultured meat", mas eu tendo a acreditar que a alimentação ideal e saudável pode ser sim algo independente de tanto processamento humano e que a decisão de parar de consumir alimentos a base animal tem que ser definitiva e sem o consumo de produtos que busquem uma assimilação com estes que queremos evitar.
Hal Sitt
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
I think this book offers a good intro into what the clean meat/animal-free movement is all about. It is not too heavy handed and gives a lot of background. Even though I am not a vegetarian, the book/author never pushed me away. I came away with a new understanding and appreciation of animal-free food
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