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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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Beacon Press
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Jen This is not a philosophical book, it is much more about "how" the end of animal farming will happen than "why" it should end. I think it is in the cat…moreThis is not a philosophical book, it is much more about "how" the end of animal farming will happen than "why" it should end. I think it is in the category of a book like Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature or Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence,, rather than in the category of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation.(less)

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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
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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.
Josh
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! ...more
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. ...more
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
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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
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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,
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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.
KC
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
Grady
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
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Kathryn in FL
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.

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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
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Sara
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.
Sarah
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
We are moving towards a time when our treatment of animals in factory farms will be seen by our descendants as hopelessly outdated and barbaric. People eat animal products despite how they are produced, not because of it. The fundamental inefficiency of animal farming as a way of feeding the world will cause its end, regardless of animal rights, environmental and human health issues. This book provides cautious optimism and support for how we can move towards that goal more quickly.
I’m so excit
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Emma Hanlin
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: environmentalism
If stopping the cruelty of animal farming is your only global justice concern, this book will likely provide optimism and useful advocacy research. If, however, you are concerned about animal farming as one problem among many within the current global food system, this book is disappointing because its discussion of a "revolutionary" food system does not quite reach these other intersections (e.g. migrant worker exploitation, food deserts, monocrops/insecticides and the ensuing insect/pollinator ...more
Kirby
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
Quinn Lundquist
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is such an important book. I was looking for a book about the topic of animal farming that wouldn't just be a collection of horrifying descriptions of abuse and torture. Sure, there's some. But Reese focuses the majority of this book on solutions. I left this book feeling positive about the movement of plant based protein and the industry changes being made. Yes, there's a long way to go. However, we're heading in the right direction. ...more
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!
Diana Marie Denza
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author, Jacy Reese, co-founded the Sentience Institute, a nonprofit research think tank focused on "expanding humanity's moral circle." As he argues in the book, animals are currently outside of humanity's moral circle. Our lack of empathy for animals, especially farmed animals, leads to profound suffering. Reese touches upon our understanding of animals throughout history, then proceeds to discuss the rise of vegan tech (naming key players like Hampton Creek and Impossible Foods), the psych ...more
Krista theliterateporcupine
This is a fantastic and worthwhile read for vegans and carnivores alike! When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical that it would be just another "people are bad, animals are good" read. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case and that the author provided evidence and justification for the end of factory farming without condemning those who still eat meat.

I went vegetarian in 2016, after falling down the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) rabbit hole for a cl
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Skye
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This text may offer different payoffs to different readers. It's especially appropriate for casual vegetarians or vegans who haven't thought of themselves as advocates or activists before, providing a substantive and rational framework for thinking about the social change required to upend animal farming. (In the same vein, it may also be interesting for animal lovers who aren't committed to a plant-based diet; Reese explicitly denounces the exclusion of omnivores from animal welfare advocacy, a ...more
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. much needed ...more
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
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Liam Semple
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 there's little utility in rehashing arguments
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Antti Värtö
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tieto, yhteiskunta, 2018
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
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Sean
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.
Joy
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
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Protonbobby
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The End of Animal Farming is the successor and perfect compliment to Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer, first published in 1977. The first seminal work raised awareness and catalyzed a movement. The latter, by Jacy Reese, provides a roadmap for how we get from here to there --- that is, how we can reach the end of animal farming by the end of the century.

Though the focus of the book is on tackling the problem of animal farming, it is framed within the broader project of humanity’s conception of
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Lauren
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free hardback copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I went into it expecting horrific tales of animal suffering and continual exhortations to switch to a vegan diet (which I do not currently practice). I read Eating Animals by Jonathan Saffran Foer last year and was left with a continuing sense of helplessness for the state of our food system. Instead, this book is a reasoned approach (in line with the Effective Altruism movement) t
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Jacy Anthis is a social scientist and co-founder of Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank researching the most effective strategies for expanding humanity’s moral circle. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and Quartz, and he has presented his research in over 20 countries.

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“A big reason for optimism about the end of animal farming is that it doesn't have to be the end of meat.” 4 likes
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