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Sonia Faruqi

An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food

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23 mins

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Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi is an investigative memoir that delves into the hidden realities of animal agriculture and exposes the harsh treatment of farm animals across the world.

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    Mass production, on the rise for decades, is harmful to both humans and animals.

    Have you ever wondered where the meat in your supermarket comes from? And why are mega packs of meat so cheap? You probably know it’s the result of mass production, but how exactly does that work?

    Mass production is a worldwide phenomenon. In the last few decades, there’s been a global shift away from small pastoral farms to large factory-style plants that allow us to produce more meat than ever before.

    The food industry has become globalized. People in China now eat chicken breast produced in the United States and American farmers feed their cows on food grown in Brazil.

    However, this newly globalized mass production causes a number of problems for both humans and animals.

    Workers in these mega plants have to come face to face with some of the cruelest conditions for animals on the planet. They have to learn to mentally shut themselves off just to continue their work. In fact, many of the employees at factory farms become vegetarians.

    Factory-farm employees also face physical dangers at work. They’re exposed to high levels of ammonia from the animals’ urine and feces, which often results in a chronic or even incurable cough.

    If you have asthma, you can die if you’re exposed to these fumes unprotected for just one hour.

    Of course, these plants are also awful for the animals, who don’t have the option to leave like the human workers do. They live out the entirety of their short lives in constant misery.

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    What is Project Animal Farm about?

    Project Animal Farm (2015) is all about one of the most harmful industries of our time: the modern mass production of meat, eggs and milk. It delves into the horrible conditions farm animals are kept in and the dangerous effects of factory farming on humans, animals and the environment.

    Project Animal Farm Review

    Project Animal Farm (2015) by Sonia Faruqi explores the dark realities of animal agriculture and the global food industry. Here are three reasons why this book is worth your time:

    • With in-depth investigative reporting, it exposes the hidden truths behind factory farming and its impact on both animals and the environment.
    • The author's personal journey and experiences offer a unique and empathetic perspective, humanizing the animals and shedding light on the ethical dilemmas we face.
    • Compelling and thought-provoking, the book challenges readers to reconsider their food choices and take action towards creating a more sustainable and compassionate world.

    Best quote from Project Animal Farm

    Animal use has become synonymous with animal abuse.

    —Sonia Faruqi
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    Who should read Project Animal Farm?

    • Meat eaters
    • Animal rights or environmentalist activists
    • Anyone who wants to know where their food comes from

    About the Author

    Sonia Faruqi is a Dartmouth graduate and former Wall Street investment banker who left her corporate job to help reform the food industry and improve the lives of people and animals everywhere.

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    What is the main message of Project Animal Farm?

    Project Animal Farm explores the hidden truths of modern farming and encourages us to question the ethics of our food choices.

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    Is Project Animal Farm a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Project Animal Farm is a compelling read that sheds light on the global food system. It challenges our perspective and prompts us to make more informed choices.

    Who is the author of Project Animal Farm?

    Sonia Faruqi is the author of Project Animal Farm.

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