Episode-2066- Joel Salatin with War Stories from the Local Food Front

Joel Salatin and his family own Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featured in the iconic foodie book Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning film FOOD INC., the farm’s moniker is “healing the land one bite at a time.” A prolific author (12 books to date) and speaker, he promotes local food systems, freedom of food choice, and farming systems that build the commons.

Joel joins us today to discuss his book, “Everything I Want to do Is Illegal” and what he calls, “War Stories from the Local Food Front”, also one of his books.

We will discuss what Joel’s farm produces and how he produces it.  The biggest impediment to the success of small farms and how to balance concerns about food safety with common sense.  What is missing in food choice for consumers today, the issue of “food sovereignty” and more.

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5 Responses to Episode-2066- Joel Salatin with War Stories from the Local Food Front

  1. As per your and Joel’s discussion of raw milk, here’s my photo of the raw milk vending machine at a supermarket here. I didn’t see an option to post the pic directly on the comments section, but anyhow the link below should go directly to the photo (if that doesn’t work for any reason, it can also be found at https://www.nerdbynorthwest.com/travel/ )


  2. Agriculture and science: Whenever the Federal government invokes “science” or “evidence based” you should turn around and run for your life. Whether it is agriculture or nutrition or any number of other government regulated monopolies it is rarely about the science. The explanation for why things are the way they are generally always goes back to ideology and some combination of power and money.

    If you have been wasting your time trying to figure out why your food is what it is based on science, try Gary Fettke’s presentation https://isupportgary.com/articles/2017-crossfit-live-stream
    Fettke is an Australian surgeon who got tired of doing amputations on type II diabetics and finally advised them to eat real food. He got sanctioned for the effort.

  3. Also, Polyface turkeys are great at Thanksgiving.

  4. Wanted to post the article about the soveirgn food bill in Maine. http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/21/fresh-from-the-farm-maine-takes-lead-in-food-sovereignty-movement/

    I was not aware of this. And it’s basically awesome! Here is why it is needed:

    Retberg was disheartened by a visit from a state inspector in 2009. He told her that although the Retbergs were using a licensed facility to butcher meat birds, since it was licensed to a friend and not them, their birds weren’t legal for sale.