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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

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Interesting

The book brings to light many ideas ingrained in modern society that would have seemed obsurd just a few decades ago. From not trusting people to raise there own food to thinking manure is a waste product. Many topics about the downside of the industrial food system are discussed. I always enjoy when a book is read by the author, it gets read the way it was intended to be. Great book. Thank you Mr Salatin.

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Game changer

I live with my family in a suburb of san francisco. This book has made me question everything about modern life. Salatin doesn't claim to have all the answers, but he sure has a lot of suggestions on how we can move toward saving the health of our planet and our bodies AND our government. My reoccurring thought throughout this book is that i hope there are more people in this world with his particular brand of wisdom/knowledge, because if there isn't we are all in a lot of trouble. I immediately became a member of the Farm-to-consumer legal defense fund. Next, i will be starting a backyard garden and i might be able to talk my wife into letting me get a couple of hens that we can feed out table scraps to. Wish me luck in my search for historic normalcy.

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No words....

I got emotional at the conclusion of this book - for one I was heartbroken it was over but, even more so, I am overwhelmed at the weight of the information so eloquently presented by Joel. I am honored to have read/listened to such a essential masterpiece. I will be working to get this publication into the hands, ears and hearts of anyone that will listen. Thank you, Joel. May God richly bless you and yours!

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This applies to all life!!!

I love listening to Joel Salatin. This will blow your mind to discover how ignorant we are when it comes to farming, freedom and it's importance! Ignorance can be remedied though....thank you for the inspiration Brother Joel!

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Everyone should read this

I have already bought a copy as a gift and I am only 3/4 of the way done. It's fantastic- thought provoking and shows sides of the food industry we rarely think about. Food production from a small scale family farmer's point of view. I wish I could make this required reading for all incoming High School Freshmen- and their parents. And then have town how type discussions about it. This man has a lot of good ideas.

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Lots of rants. Most are logical.

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.

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Very enlightening.

If this book doesn't wake you up and make you think "What if" then you must be dead.

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what a great book!!

I had an idea that it would be just about sustainable organic farming but it was so much more... Thank you Joel

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Thought-provoking

I loved it!
As a farmer, I relate to much of this. While I don't agree with everything, I enjoyed hearing Joel's point of view on it all.

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Expansion, expansion , expansion
I am forever changed in a positive, sustainable manner. Thank you Joel Salatin