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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World | [Joel Salatin]

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impacts.

>Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture", and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.

And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice - practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure - makes Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-listen book.

©2011 Joel Salatin (P)2011 Hachette

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    kristen OAKLAND PARK, FL, United States 05-01-12
    kristen OAKLAND PARK, FL, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW!! A MUST READ/LISTEN!!!"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    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!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 02-13-12
    Daniel United States 02-13-12
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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. .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wood Zen Mystic Studio 01-18-12
    J. Wood Zen Mystic Studio 01-18-12 Member Since 2006

    Live and die with no regrets

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    "This is a great listen!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 01-02-12
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Thanks government... we ain't normal anymore"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Raymond, NH, United States 11-29-11
    Shannon Raymond, NH, United States 11-29-11
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    "Folks, this is normal!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wendy LITTLE SILVER, NJ, United States 11-02-11
    wendy LITTLE SILVER, NJ, United States 11-02-11
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    "I'm a vegetarian and I approve of this message"

    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.

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    Tim Hoven Eckville, Alberta Canada 10-22-11
    Tim Hoven Eckville, Alberta Canada 10-22-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Joel's Best Book!"

    I have been reading Joel for over 18 years and this book hits it out of the ballpark!

    His best book yet!

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    Bob BERLIN, CT, United States 11-02-11
    Bob BERLIN, CT, United States 11-02-11
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    "The brightest amoung us seem to be too smart to"

    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.

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    Carol Parker Placitas, NM 07-21-14
    Carol Parker Placitas, NM 07-21-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Wish he had stuck to eating healthy food"
    What did you like best about Folks, This Ain't Normal? What did you like least?

    He definitely persuaded me that the processed food we eat is really bad--completely dependent on non-stop antibiotics, raised in gross conditions, and dependent on transportation over thousands of miles. He also persuaded me that the way he raises animals and the way he farms is better for the earth, better for people's health, and better for his local community. But he goes on WAY TOO MUCH about his political beliefs which I find are poorly thought through and internally inconsistent. The last few chapters I had to skip entirely because I got so tired of it. But the first part of the book was better and very interesting.


    What was most disappointing about Joel Salatin’s story?

    Too much political diatribe that became tiresome to hear.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    It was well narrated and entertaining except toward the end when it veered into politics.


    Do you think Folks, This Ain't Normal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless he gets control over his political preaching.


    Any additional comments?

    If the politics were cut out, it would be about 2/3 as long and would be a better book.

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    Greg Missouri City, TX, United States 05-13-14
    Greg Missouri City, TX, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Folks, This Ain't Normal?

    Joel Salatin is very intelligent and very entertaining.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Salatin's analysis of government's intervention in our lives is spot on.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    When the author reads their own material you get a better insight into their intention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have loved to have listened to the entire book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must have for your audible library.

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    "Starts off well"

    Beginning of book a thoughtful discussion of his particular farming techniques and rationale, but quickly gets off track and one can almost picture author standing on soapbox having a rant about his particular politics. Interesting information can still be gleaned, but Salatin gets off topic and unfocused. Still have greatest respect for him as a farmer.

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  • Christine
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    "Food for thought!"

    Joel Salatin, a farmer on the edge and a world away from the madness that is modern food production and what we have been led to believe is normal, takes the courage to stand up and tell it how it really is, thank goodness! This is an eye opening, grounded and truely sensible account of real life down on the farm. He pulls no punches, and his honesty and passion are apparent in this reading by the author himself, truely educational. If you care about what you put in your body, read this!

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