This audio book was fantastic!! I've always considered myself to be an educated consumer but Wow folks, I never knew just how food ignorant I really was. This book has launched me into a new arena of knowledge and I am thankful for it!! This is a MUST read/listen book for all- no exceptions!!!
Love the information. Salatin gets right to the heart-of-the matter. The same industries that tell us that high fructose corn syrup and corn feed beef are safe spent the years 1945 - 1975 convincing us that infant formula was healthier than breast milk; all because these huge companies could sell formula and they make nothing when women use breast milk. .
Live and die with no regrets
After owning a couple of Joel's other books, I was very happy to see him finally offering a reading of his new work. You can hear the passion in his voice and feel the deep belief in the messages he is relaying about our food, government and state of family life in America. He is an excellent speaker and his narration is superb.
I found the book's message very moving and at the end when Joel's voice was actually breaking with emotion talking about his farm and family, I also had tears in my eyes. As one who feels the same love for his farm and lifestyle it really struck a chord. The message is powerful and the logic is as sane as it gets.
I highly recommend this book. In fact, I can't recommend it enough. Download it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. It might just change your perspective on life. It reaffirmed mine.
Joel Salatin ranges on a variety of subjects concerning how America has deviated from its roots and common sense. The more I listened to this book the more I enjoyed it. Even many of the subjects that I was aware of were explained in a very clear manner and I saw them in a different light. Most of these problems have either been caused by or greatly aggravated by a government gone out of control. I believe we need another revolution if America is to continue as the land of the free.
Sounds like Jeff Foxworthy, but no joking here. This book will make you excited for spring to get the garden going and will encourage you to start living the way our grandparents did. I haven't fought the environmental fight in a long time, but Joel is encouraging me to get back on it, but with a different approach; one through historical common sense, like self-provision. A truly great book!
Thank goodness for Joel Salatins new work. It is yet another eye opener in the new world order of food. Joel offers many great ideas to help us get our food system back to a place of sanity.
I have been reading Joel for over 18 years and this book hits it out of the ballpark!
His best book yet!
The brightest among us seem to be too smart to run for office, Senator Salatin sounds good. Imagine a gov’t filled with more Salatins and the like. Too bad, if only we could put a copy of this on every seat or smartphone of our state & federal legislators. The simplest things are just too much for most within our gov’t. to absorb or maybe it’s their wallets that keep them from what might be common sense to the rest of us.
This book is a must read.
ps. Loved that Joel himself reads this book!!!! It truly would have lost sooooo much read by anyone else.
Joel Salatin touches on a wide range of farm and country living subjects that nearly all of America would have known as self-evident truths just few generations ago. The total isolation that today's children and adults have from where their food comes from and how it is raised is, or should be, alarming. Our government in full partnership with the giant agricultural factory farms are working to shut local farmers out of the marketplace and regulate private small holdings farmers out of existence.
The most compelling part of Joel's narrative is how he touched upon my own personal experiences. I grew up spending summers visiting family in and around the Smokey and Appalachian Mountains. My favorite thing was to get the old timers talking about how things where, then go out and either slip back in the room quietly or go sit outside the window where I could hear. It is a terrible shame that we're loosing the history of how to tend the land and work in concert with nature to the benifit the farmers and their families, the communities they support, and the land itself.
The first thing a farmer should grow is a funny-bone. A good-natured sense of humor and the ability to laugh is a must in any walk of life, but I'd imagine it's more necessary in a life that brushes up against federal, state, local government, and vegan animal rights nut-jobs on such a regular basis.
Joel's wit and humor just shine throughout the book. I oftentimes find myself laughing out-loud as he tells some of the stories that come along with having an open-gates policy where even the radical animal rights people are welcome.
I already had some exposure to Joel Salatin from coming across videos of his polyface farm while I was researching to find the right chicken coop for my backyard.... incidentally, chicken ordinances concerning backyard chickens are almost universally written to disadvantage the working poor who cannot afford huge manicured lawns or farmland. In my area for example you may have 5 chickens and it goes farther to include that 1 of the five be a rooster. A rooster is totally unnecessary to the production of eggs, but as soon as he crows and the neighbors call, you are charged with creating a public nuisance, fined, and made to surrender all of your birds.... you might even make the evening news because when they show up it's in police vehicles with the lights on and more often than not weapons are drawn... think TV movie style drug-raid... except with chickens.
The book might educate you a bit or not, but it will surely entertain the socks off you.