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
I would give 5 stars, but the insistence that genetically modified foods are evil is not nuanced. The chapter on this topic could be a case study for human psychology in a post-truth world. In this book, all GMOs are tossed into a single bucket and poor actions by major players in the industry are used to stereotype the entire field. The logic in this chapter run counter to the "let's encourage innovation" mindset that permeates the rest of the book. Except for this major caveat, I would recommend this book to anyone that has not looked into whether local food systems are important. Mr. Salatin does a wonderful job of showing the obstacles faced by small, ecologically-minded farmers that are trying to do right.
Thank you Joel and your family and staff got putting out this book. I've now read 2 of your books and I'm hooked. You have helped inspire me to have some backyard chickens and also to process those chickens myself in my back yard. It was a liberating experience. Keep going with your work writing and speaking. You changed my mind about what I eat. Thank you!
I thought I was well acquainted with the subtleties of the local food movement. After reading this book I realized there is so much more going on especially in the regulatory environment that inhibits the local food movement from getting started in the first place.
Thank you for another inspiring call to action, Joel!
loved the audio book... so much information! I'll listen again! I so recommend this to folks with the question "Are you living as green as you think?"
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