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"If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us."

 David Suzuki

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Livestock's Longer Shadow: Hope Lives in Kindness

Published: 15 November 2021

Most people have little idea how eating animal-based foods harms our health, our planet and the animals we farm. We accept the illnesses we suffer are simply a consequence of getting old. We want to believe the animals we eat do not suffer pain, injury and live good lives. We want to believe our food choices do not cause deforestation. We are told farmers are the guardians of the countryside, yet our landscape is over-cultured and biologically dysfunctional, and our environment polluted by livestock farming. Livestock’s Longer Shadow, cuts through the noise for anyone wanting to know how we really treat our health, our planet and livestock through the ways we farm and consume animals, through a UK lens.


Hardback: Printed Paper Case

Size: 22.86cm tall x 15.24cm wide x 2.42cm depth

Estimated pages: 386 pages

Publisher: The Choir Press

Publication date: 15th November 2021

Other: Kindle edition


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‘Fools,’ said I, ‘You do not know

Silence like a cancer grows

Hear my words that I might teach you

Take my arm that I might reach you’

But my words, like silent raindrops fell

And echoed in the wells of silence


Paul Simon, ‘The Sound of Silence’ (1964)

Each year billions of animals are farmed unkindly for their meat, milk and eggs, and over two trillion fish caught and harmed for their flesh, fins and oils. Their calls for love, compassion and mercy at death, like silent raindrops, fall and echo in the wells of silence. Like fools we do not hear or shed a caring tear. Our planet’s future, our health and the rights of the animals we eat or harm in nature depend on how we produce and consume food. If we do not take responsibility for managing these things and more, our silence like a cancer will continue to grow. We must break the shackles that bind us and take the right actions now to save ourselves and future generations by putting an end to the silence. Hope for humankind depends on our kindness.

Chapter I
In Silence A Cancer Growths

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Tim Bailey is one of the UK’s most prominent farm regulatory pollution experts, with a distinguished thirty-year career from a field officer to senior national advisor. He studied at the University of Plymouth and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science, specialising in geology and hydrogeology; and is a Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM) and a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). Tim is also a researcher, conservationist, horticulturalist and a specialist natural history author with several published titles sold worldwide. Tim lives in Somerset, England, and is an advocate for sustainable agriculture, rewilding, animal kindness and for a whole-food plant-based diet.

Tim's book Livestocks Longer Shadow is a personal account and not an account of any of other body or person. This includes all associated communication in relation to his book and beliefs, e.g. media, talks, debates, etc.

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"One of the most important books of its kind since Ruth Harrison’s Animal Machines (1964)"

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"Tim’s book could not be timelier and more relevant. Who could be better placed to sound the alarm on the current paradigm of food production than someone who has seen at first-hand the damage it is causing, not only to his personal health but to the environment as a whole? He brings together all aspects of our animal-based farming and food system, from farm to fork, and documents its devastation. He provides us with a kinder, more compassionate, sustainable and healthier way forward."

Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD, DipIBLM;

Founder and Director, Plant-Based Health Professionals

Co-founder, Plant Based Health Online


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"If we are to survive on this planet, we need to uncover our eyes, unplug our ears, ungag our mouths and see, hear and verbally question everything about animal-based food production. We need to stop pretending we are the victims, because the only casualties here are the animals we harm, our planet and our health. We need to change from the cultures and traditions that feverishly defend livestock farming and which look the other way to the abuse and injury we subject vulnerable animals to. We need to completely reshape our relationship with food production and the natural world". 

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Earth Overshoot Day

How many Earth's would we need if the world's population lived like..

US      5.0
UK      2.6
Brazil  1.8
India   0.7

Source: Global Footprint Network and Biocapacity Accounts 2021

There is no room left in the world for 'moderation'

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