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
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?"
I pretty much loved everything about this book. The information, the honesty, the humor, and the much needed call for change in our food system. I have so many ideas now of what I can do to better our own family and I don't feel like I've been laden with guilt to do it.
Loved it. Joel brought out many many ways we can do better for ourselves and our families concerning food. Honestly, he reminds us of some things we already know deep down about food but don't want to admit.
And the facts on the government's "food safety" : common sense is dead.
Overall, I learned some good stuff about the soil, farm animals and their symbiotic relationship. His personal experiences were interesting too. Very interesting book for anyone who is interested in these topics
This great piece of everyday wisdom needs more than three words. because it's the kind that manages to escape many people because they are so dazzled by our push button society, basic common sense gets tossed in favor of modernization. Yet, scholars and think tanks are repeatedly admitting that we lost something in the last century and all anyone has to do is scream out "_______ rights" or "innovation" and the waters are muddied and minds clouded over with a lemming-like attitude. We lost our basic wisdom of living. We have become an ant hill society. We chose to abandon contentment for instant gratification, and replaced "love thy neighbor" with "dog eat dog" and "keeping up with the Jonses". You know what we really lost? The American dream. Joel Santalin, among a few others, has managed to find it.
Joel's main focus of this book was to sound an alarm. We are so busy being busy, we don't give ourselves enough time to really look at what is happening to our food. We told DC to solve our food shortages, cost, and freshness issues for us through the FDA and ended up with a Frankenstein industry called factory food. Then we allowed our Congress to pass laws allowing chemical labs to patent and own the exclusive rights to any genetically altered seeds they produced. We didn't even bother to ask the question collectively yet, "should we even be making genetically altered seeds and trying to manipulate the gene pool for food animals?" "How will these new foods affect our bodies?" "How will they affect the soil?" Then our government created a monster called Monsanto. This company regularly breaks antitrust laws and sues it's neighbors into bankruptcy all in the name of protecting its own products. Then it tries to fix the market in order to make sure that only Monsanto's seeds are used. It does this with corn, soy, canola, and more crops. The seeds don't even qualify for organic due to the variant of round up that is engineered into the seeds.
Joel narrated his own book and did a good job. He is a personable speaker.
It made me pay attention. I've already heard about Monsanto, it's engineered crops, factory farms and terrorist tactics with the other farmers. As people we need to remember that whoever controls the food supply controls the world. Even bankers gotta eat. Our government is quite capable of giving carte blanche to a company like Monsanto and ignoring everyone else while said company gains control of all the viable farmland in all the countries and then controlling the food supply. There is no good way to moderate the food supply equitably through one entity. Countless personal human rights will end if the US migrates to a corporate controlled society. The more independent farmers we have (let's take it to all industries) the more independent business people American supports, the healthier the country and economy.
We are natural creatures living on a fluid and organic planet. If we will let go of the idea of dominion and embrace stewardship, we can do a better job of listening to God and loving our neighbors. Our current romance with technology has us in the precarious position of becoming mechanically maintained, faded copies of who we should be.
It blows my mind that so many people do not know you, your books, or your heart felt desire to heal the land, farms, food system, and return to strong work ethic of our past. The government is all but destroyed the little man in favor of factory farms and big business. Why can't we decide what we want to eat or buy! This will just get worse if we don't stop patronizing the big business or factory farms to name a few. So proud of Mr. Salatin for his stand!
I enjoyed listening to Joe's perspective and appreciate the small farmer even more now. i will go to our farmers market with new excitement.
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