What Will It Take for Us to Listen to Nature?


Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm. Photo via Wikipedia

 The Guardian interviewed Joel Salatin for an article in today’s paper.

 If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, you’ll know all about Joel Salatin, who owns Polyface Farm–a  family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He was also featured in the movie, Food, Inc.

I really admire Salatin for a number of reasons:

  1. He sticks to his principles for chemical-free farming.
  2. He believes “a pig should be allowed to express its pig-ness.”
  3. With all the industrialization of food, he says, “nobody is listening to the pleadings of nature saying: ‘Enough.'”
  4. He suggests, “the way you treat animals is a reflection of the way you will go on to treat human beings.” (Read my review of Eating Animals for a sense of what he’s referring to.)
  5. Can his food system feed the world? Salatin believes: “Not only can we feed the world, this is the only system that really can feed the world.”

Want to learn more about Joel Salatin and Polyface Farm? Check out the article from The Guardian.

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