Philip Lymbery | Books
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Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Dead Zone takes the reader on a journey around the world, from the rainforests of the Amazon to the Midwest plains of America; the palm plantations of Sumatra to the volcanic diversity of Galapagos; the grasslands of England to the Malaysian jungle.


In a global safari focussing on some of the world’s most endangered species, it exposes a little known but key factor in their demise: the cheap meat on supermarket shelves. This sequel to Farmageddon lays bare the myths that prop up factory farming and shows what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.


“An honest, compelling and important account and a critical plea for a fusion of farming, food and nature to provide global ecological security” –  Chris Packham


“A must-read for everyone who loves the wondrous wild creatures with whom we share our precious planet” –  Joanna Lumley OBE


“Dead Zone is a very important book … Conservationists, corporations and governments must find a way to end this devastation before it is too late” –  Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

Farmageddon – The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Published by Bloomsbury in January 2014 and written with the then Sunday Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott, has been published in 6 languages and gained international acclaim reinforcing his reputation as one of the world’s fiercest critics of industrial farming.


Lymbery’s book Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat is described as a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world – from the UK, Europe and the USA, to China, Argentina, Peru and Mexico. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.


“Lymbery brings to this essential subject the perspective of a seasoned campaigner – he is informed enough to be appalled, and moderate enough to persuade us to take responsibility for the system that feeds us” –  Guardian Book of the Week

Farmageddon in Pictures

Published by Bloomsbury early in 2017 in response to reader demand for a pictorial version of the famous Farmageddon original.


“There’s no end to techno-idiocy in pursuit of profit. But far more concerning is Lymbery’s contention that the wastefulness of feeding human-edible plants and fish to animals is not just absurd but catastrophic. The main reason for hacking down the remaining South American forest is to grow soy to feed the pigs and chickens of China” –  Evening Standard


“Farmageddon is an excellent book: a fine overview of what’s gone wrong, with case histories and possible solutions that give cause for hope” –  Literary Review


“Lymbery’s book carries great emotional impact … Farmageddon brings fresh new material to vexed questions about how our food systems affect our health and our environment … Farmageddon’s central message is powerful: industrial farming is playing havoc with nature even while it fails at its main goal” –  Times Literary Supplement