Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi audiobook

Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth about Our Food

By Sonia Faruqi
Read by Priya Ayyar

Blackstone Publishing 9781605987989
11.40 Hours Unabridged
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Project Animal Farm provides a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors, as discovered by a fearless young woman. Sonia Faruqi, a twenty-five-year-old Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of an organic dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she would come to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life—a commitment to change our current system of food production. Driven by impulsive will and a new passion, Sonia left everything she knew and loved behind to search the planet for solutions that would benefit not only farm animals, but also human health, the environment, farmers, and consumers. In doing so, she would live with farmers, hitchhike with strangers, and repeatedly risk her life. Heartfelt and brimming with rare insights, Project Animal Farm takes listeners through a top secret tour of egg warehouses in Canada, dairy feedlots in the United States, farm offices in Mexico, lush Mennonite pastures in Belize, flocks of chickens in Indonesia, and factory farms in Malaysia. Lively and filled with insight and suspense, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the Chautauqua Prize

Finalist for the International Book Award

Runner-up for the New England Book Festival Award

Project Animal Farm provides a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors, as discovered by a fearless young woman.

Sonia Faruqi, a twenty-five-year-old Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of an organic dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she would come to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life—a commitment to change our current system of food production.

Driven by impulsive will and a new passion, Sonia left everything she knew and loved behind to search the planet for solutions that would benefit not only farm animals, but also human health, the environment, farmers, and consumers. In doing so, she would live with farmers, hitchhike with strangers, and repeatedly risk her life.

Heartfelt and brimming with rare insights, Project Animal Farm takes listeners through a top secret tour of egg warehouses in Canada, dairy feedlots in the United States, farm offices in Mexico, lush Mennonite pastures in Belize, flocks of chickens in Indonesia, and factory farms in Malaysia.

Lively and filled with insight and suspense, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Priya Ayyar provides a youthful narration that is appropriate for the young and wide-eyed Faruqi as she plunges into an industry that is wholly unfamiliar to her…Varied accents help to differentiate the farmers and the writer as she visits farms in the US, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Indonesia, and Malaysia, comparing their practices.” AudioFile
“It’s part memoir, part investigative report…In the course of her reporting, Faruqi does find some bright spots.” Forbes
“Faruqi’s style is clear and direct, and her analysis good…She’s iron-willed, obsessively organized and brave.” Toronto Star
“An eyes-wide-open view of industrial animal farming…A compelling and thoughtful work and a clarion call.” Wayne Pacelle, New York Times bestselling author
“Everybody who is interested in food policy and animal welfare should read this book. Project Animal Farm will make you think long and hard.” Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author
“Every so often a book comes along that has the power to alter the course of history. Project Animal Farm is that potent. It is so inspiring, so moving, so deeply personal and yet also has such profound cultural implications, that it will change the lives of everyone who reads it. People will be talking about this book for decades.” John Robbins, New York Times bestselling author
“Into an engaging account of the adventures of a young city dweller among the factory farmers, Sonia Faruqi manages to smuggle a body of useful―and disturbing―information about this most secretive of global enterprises.” J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
“Farqui thoughtfully explores the way in which brutality and disregard of animal welfare is endemic in the industry on a global scale and provides suggestions for realistic actions that readers can take to encourage change.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A work that will compel health-conscious and environmentally aware readers as well as those concerned about animal rights.” Booklist
“A searing exposé of the brutal treatment animals receive on their ways to our dinner plates…A good wake-up call for those concerned with decent treatment of animals and healthy food on the table.” Kirkus Reviews
“An original and thought-provoking exploration of where our food comes from.” John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Gruesome, Complex, and Hopeful

As a piece of narrative nonfiction, this book works well to explore the monstrous conditions prevalent in animal agriculture. As a piece of investigative journalism, not so much. There are too many asides that pertain to the author’s personal interactions and relationships with people in the industry, like the multiple men who wanted to date her. I assume she mentioned these things to say something deeper about the character of those working in the industry, but I could have done without them as they didn’t really seem pertinent to the theme of the book.

The first part of the book was particularly difficult to get through, with its gruesome graphic depictions of the conditions of factory farms and slaughter houses. What I appreciate about this book is that Faruqi doesn’t merely expose and excoriate the industry and those who work in it, but that she searches for and proposes solutions instead of merely making this book about convincing everyone to go vegan. She also describes the complexity and contradictions of the people she encountered during her visits to farming sites.

This book does fail in one major aspect, though: Faruqi throws out a lot of statistics but rarely cites sources. Given that she admittedly lied to so many in the industry (something she viewed as a lesser evil to the practices of the places), citing sources is crucial to lend credence to her tale. This shouldn’t be taken as me disbelieving what she cites; I just wanted her to have something more than her word to back up her stats.

I agree with Faruqi’s offered solution and matrix regarding animal agriculture whole heartedly. One need not listen to the entire book, as the Conclusion contains the most important substance of her book. She itemizes and articles very sound principles that will improve not just the conditions of animals that we eat, but also those who work in the industry, our health, and the environment.

I will say, though, she looked too quixotically at European nations as exemplary models to emulate. Also, I don’t know that I’d look to India as an example of successful food systems based on vegetarianism, not when so many of the Indian people are starving to death. At the conclusion of this book, I couldn’t help but wonder what she’d say after spending time in the produce agriculture, which is also rife with some very questionable practices. At any rate, our entire food system requires reform and Faruqi’s book is sure to bring awareness to the issues affecting our global and local systems.

For a completely different look at the treatment of cattle by a truly pastoral society, I recommend listening to Anna Badkhen’s "Walking with Abe". For me, that audiobook reveals some of the holes in Faruqi’s pie-in-the-sky view of how we should look to other societies to create reform of cattle agriculture in the “civilized” world.

Author

Author Bio: Sonia Faruqi

Author Bio: Sonia Faruqi

Sonia Faruqi graduated from Dartmouth College with cum laude distinction and several honors and recognitions. She then worked at an investment bank on Wall Street before changing her path to investigate animal farms around the world. Her goal is to improve animal lives and reform our current system of food production.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 11.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English