Philip has always been a visionary with his writing too, always seeking new insights and helping others to learn from his international research. His second book Dead Zone: Where the wild things were has been the first book to show how factory farming is a major driver of wildlife declines worldwide: from iconic mammals, to sea life, birds, reptiles and insects and how once plentiful species now face extinction due in large part to humankind’s drive for cheap meat.
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 lays bare the myths that prop up factory farming and shows what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.
Philip’s first book, Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat, was the first to show a mainstream audience that factory farming is not only the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet, but is also at the centre of what is wrong with our broken food system. .Published by Bloomsbury in January 2014 and written with the then Sunday Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott, it has been published in 6 languages and gained worldwide acclaim reinforcing his reputation as one of the world’s fiercest critics of industrial farming.
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. Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat, was chosen as one of The Times Writers’ Books of the Year in 2014 and cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling ‘game changer’.
“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
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