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
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.
Great book with lots of solutions to the food conundrum
If you find yourself asking how do we do the food thing better my bet is you will find a workable answer in these pages.
While this book is strongly grounded in Libertarian political and personal philosophy (which I agree with) no matter what your political or philosophical view is you can pick up some very good information on farming, our food and living life in general.
I liked his view in Chapter 1 about work and teaching children to work.
As a hobby farmer with a very small amount of animals and a garden I found his info very enlightening. I can't recommend this book more.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
There were many things I thought I knew before reading this book. I now know I need to do more research.
I have learned our government is too big and thoroughly obnoxious. While I have long felt our government was too big this book really drove home the 'privileged' position our government employees feel they have AND WE ALLOW!
I don't have an exclusive restroom at my office so why on earth does a meat processing facility need to have an exclusive restroom for the government inspector? This is a gross abuse of the citizens of this country. Want to know why inflation grows so quickly? Our government thinks we are idiots and they regulate us to death. I'm going to shop less with major producers of anything and start shopping more with the underdog.
I appreciate Joel's crazy ideas, especially when he says to just hear him out. Usually it means he has a good point. Any government willing to give welfare to one must first take it from another. Vote to have our government stop stealing from the hard working citizens.
We can regulate what we eat and drink, where we sleep and how. It is time to stop expecting this government to protect us from ourselves.
Joel's book will have you building a season extending tunnel to grow your own food, shopping for seeds and working with your community to buy what you don't wish to do yourself.
This book should be renamed" Our Modern America" and should be required of all High School students. J Salatin hits on so many topics- things you never thought of before, and sheds light on issues that affect all of us.
I can't believe it took me so long to purchase this book, but I will be relistening to it over and oct again.
Since listening, I have purchased several copies for family and friends. This is great listening and necessary for all Americans.
The entire book was a great read. Never lost interest.. Take your blinders off people. Holy cow, all the regulations in place these days, food is so toxic and empty.. Really loved this read. You can really feel his love for his animals, land, and others. A must read.
I can't recommend this book enough! Joel is spot on with everything he says. It will get you fired up on so many levels. Honestly I wish he'd run for president. Maybe then our country could get back to normal.
This is a very informative audio book. I loved that it was read by the author. Mr. Salatin is passionately connected to his land and lifestyle. If our bureaucrats would implement a fraction of what he suggests as "normal",' I believe it would revolutionize our current $$$-based food system, as well as the general health of our country. It has changed the way I look at and buy food.
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