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
If you want to be challenged, and stretched for the better, get ready for a wild ride. Facts about food, technology, and human relationships are astounding! Thank Joel for old fashioned words of wisdom. You and God have forever changed my family.
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.
"great for 'new' way of life "
if you are sick of living a very unfulfilling way I highly recommend this book which help steer you in the direction of a more practical and self sustaining way of life. jole was a great reader and I'd recommend this product to any of you out there .
"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.
"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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