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The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer Paperback – Sep 8 2010
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About the Author
Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.
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I enjoy Joel's rants as a public figure for what will hopefully be the most important food revolution of our modern times. I enjoyed reading this book and I will read it again.
It is an interesting and thoughtful book but would be much improved with the assistance of a good editor (lots of typos).
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Should you read this? Despite the complaints, my answer is yes. It's the kind of message that you can't hear too often. Salatin gets under your skin. You really feel like his crusade should be your crusade. You start thinking of things that you can do to defeat Monsanto, CAFOs, industrial corn, and the rest. Your list of acceptable restaurants dwindles. Your shopping habits change dramatically. You see the countryside with new eyes when you go on car trips. You sneer (moderately) when you see a weedy field with a few cows and no electric fencing. You get hungry.
Buy the book, read it, and then pass it on to a friend. You'll be glad you did.
Will you like this book? If you're of the Gene Logsdon, Wendell Berry, Eliot Coleman persuasion - or want to be - then you'll love it and should go ahead and get it.
"You can tell the greatness of a nation by the way it treats its animals" M. Ghandi
I would recommend reading Michael Pollan for the Polyface Farms story. he's a much better writer and there's really not that much more info in this book, unless you are really interested in how right Joel Salitin is and how often he proves it to his neighbors and the government.
I'm shocked, angry, excited and passionate all at once. Reading this book is like taking the blue pill, and I'm walking around now, blinking, with port-holes all over my body and driving around in a very sketchy little spaceship thing, wondering what the heck to do and where to go from here. After offering husband the blue pill, we both swore off globalist, mega-corporate, industrialized food ("concentration-camp food").
Now we are looking for land. I can't believe I just wrote that. You see how powerful this book is? It has completely, 100% changed our lives. We, who know nothing about farming and everything about our modern society, want to live a life of integrity, meaning and purpose in healing our land, creating real food, and making thousands of beings happy.
Thank you, Joel Salatin. We are excited to travel across the country to one day meet your farm. And your Chickeny-chickens, Pigerators and Salad-Bar Beefers. In the meantime... know anybody who has spare land in Northern California?
Buy this book, if you want to change yours and your children's and their children's lives. It's a blue pill, be warned. Very much looking forward to inhaling Joel Salatin's other books as we save up for them. Worthy investment!