The End of Animal Farming by Jacy Reese Anthis

The End of Animal Farming

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 by outlining a strategic roadmap to a humane, ethical, and efficient food s...

Details The End of Animal Farming

TitleThe End of Animal Farming
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBeacon Press
GenreNonfiction, Science, Animals, Food and Drink, Vegan, Environment, Philosophy

Reviews The End of Animal Farming

  • Ben Davidow
    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 hist...
  • Henry Cooksley
    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...
  • Alfredo Parra
    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
    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!
  • Rosie Campbell
    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.
  • Ricardo Lopes
    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 wi...
  • Amy Bruestle
    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,...
  • Jonathon Tree
    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 i...
  • Lila Rieber
    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 ...
  • Grady
    ‘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 ...
  • Mimi Tran
    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 ...
  • Sara
    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
    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...
  • Kirby
    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...
  • Quinn Lundquist
    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.
  • Angelina Li
    Fantastic book for anyone who wants a clear, level-headed introduction into the world of animal advocacy!
  • 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 ...
  • Kartik Raj
    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 ins...
  • Liam Semple
    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 fa...
  • Antti Värtö
    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. A...
  • Sean
    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.
  • Emma Hanlin
    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, monocr...
  • Joy
    "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. W...
    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 with...
  • Lauren
    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 approac...
  • Jenna Leazott
    I received The End of Animal Farming as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review.As a vegetarian-becoming-vegan, I've long been interested in the rights of animals. And though I have read and watched plenty of books, documentaries, and more about animal welfare and farming, these mediums often leave me feeling feeling more disparate than before. Yes, I can cut meat and animal products out of my diet, but how else are we going...
  • Michael Moats
    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. w...
  • Joshua Glasgow
    I read this after reading Jonathan Safran Fore’s excellent EATING ANIMALS, which is beautifully written, incredibly moving, and hugely persuasive. Perhaps Reese’s book merely suffers by comparison, but I don’t think it’s just that. I do enjoy the informational aspect of this, but overall it’s not well written. It’s very dry and sticks to a template of (1) Biography of industry person, (2) Description of what their company does, (3) Pu...