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Animal Machines by Ruth Harrison
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Dec 20, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: animal-rights, history, veganism, food-politics, journalism

If you've read about the chemical alteration of food to create taste and aesthetic appeal or the mass (de)assembly of live animals in factory farms, then "Animal Machines" will take you back to the UK in the early 1960's where these newly found forms of mass production were created. It explains the animal cruelty of the newly founded factory farm, looks at the ways meats, cheeses, and eggs were chemically altered to look and taste better, the conditions that lead to the mass industrialization of animal agriculture, and the drive for profit over the lives of sentient beings. It's a history and a little dry at times, but fascinating as a historical document revealing where the current mass production food industry originated.
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