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
Joe just tells it as it is and I can see the frustration he encounters and all the things he's going through and if you've ever tried to be in a farmer's market or ever tried to buy some of these products it is set up against the small business man there is no way that they want us to be small businessman because then they cannot control everything
This book goes in to detail, what is wrong with American food system, why we are getting ill, how to fix it. Most importantly it exposes how we have become the property of the state, and have lost essential freedoms to the Federal government.
I absolutely love this book!! This man, Joel Salatin, has more common sense than every world leader, teacher, politician, life coach, counselor, you name it, put together. He is like a breath of more than fresh clean air, he's like revival!! Fantastic in every way!! Bravo Bravo!!!
I share the same experiences and history as Joel.
But I am just now beginning to realize how important it is to embrace the past so hopefully we can teach these skills and impart this knowledge to the younger generation.
Salatin walks through the gamut of agricultural, regulatory and political reasons that our food and health systems are not what they ought to be. His reading is immensely enjoyable and I was able to get through it in about a week. Look forward to his other books.
The ideas presented in this book are truly wonderful. It mostly involves food, but it also tackles self-responsibility and mindset. I loved every word, and having Joel Salatin read it himself added to it quite a lot. Him, laughing at his own jokes and putting enthusiasm behind everything he wrote really adds to the enjoyability of this great book.
We're so blessed to have a man like Joel going to battle for our human rights to choose and self govern. I am responsible for my body and the space that contains it. We need to stand up and speak as a society. WE elect our officials, they're suppose to represent the peoples voice, not dictate what they believe to be right or wrong to save us from ourselves.
This discussion of food and our culture in general was engaging and world-perspective-changing. Despite claims he's politically conservative, this liberal listener found myself agreeing with the author with surprising frequency. Where we disagreed, I have better, more logically described arguments to mull over and consider. This guy should be a senator. His ideas for cultural shift are essential to the survival of this planet and therefore our species. I absolutely loved this audio book. So much so that I've ordered a hard copy to highlight, tab, and mark up. I've also ordered other works by the author to try to further glean his wisdom. Everyone needs to read or listen to this book.
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