The End of Animal Farming by Jacy Reese

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, Philosophy, Environment

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!
  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Angelina Li
    Fantastic book for anyone who wants a clear, level-headed introduction into the world of animal advocacy!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jyot
    "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...
  • 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 ...
  • Teo 2050
    ContentsReese J (2018) (07:13) End of Animal Farming, The - How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food SystemIntroduction– The future is brighter than you think– Effective altruism– Sketching out the road map1. The Expanding Moral Circle– Animal machines– The scientific revolution– If it walks like a duck– Scientific consensus– Popular science– Social forces– Moving forward2. Emptying the Cag...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 soaki...
  • Jason
    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 in...
  • Vaughn
    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 d...
  • Lilias
    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
    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 assimil...
  • Hal Sitt
    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