I was introduced to Joel Salatin author of above book and owner of Polyface Farms.
Boy do I wish I had 2 days to just sit down and read the entire book!!! I am truly inspired!!
Watch out James!
I read something last night from the chapter regarding philosophies of farming. He lists different reasons to farm for the right reason basically. As I've read this book I often think of our friend, Rade. Rade you NEED to read this book!
Clean, nutritious, personally-inspected food. (title of section within chapter)
People's personal involvement with their food needs to be encouraged. I can't imagine why folks who see how many things get botched up by the government would entrust the safety of their food to that same institution.
Honestly, the government can louse up just about anything it sets out to do, in such creative ways you or I can scarcely imagine it. They set out to care for widows and orphans with something called Social Security, and end up with a boondoggle that will well-nigh bankrupt the country and that has grown into a retirement entitlement for all. They set out to reduce manure going into waterways and build manure lagoons that cause more contamination than if they had never been built. They set out to protect the American eagle and end up absconding a farmer's tractor and his livelihood because the fireline he ripped in as a last-ditch effort to save his home upset a nest of endangered mice. They set out to reduce filth in huge slaughterhouses and put all the neighborhood mom-and-pop shops out of business. The list is endless, and it doesn't matter whether you're liberal or conservative, you know about bureaucratic corruption and stupidity.
Why would any of us entrust the government with protecting our food? Do you think all the huge outfits that receive government oversight are dedicated to turning out the cleanest, most nutritious food? Of course not.
The sooner we involve people with their food and show them there is something better than Twinkies and PopTarts, cardboard tomatoes and cellulose apples, greasy spareribs and pale eggs (btw...I have NEVER seen such brilliant dark yellow yolks like I've seen in my newly laid eggs!!!), they will realize the "system" is totally rotten. We cannot get an educated, proactive populace as long as we have an agriculture so far removed from end users that they think milk comes from jugs and fish sticks swim around in the ocean.
Nothing is as clean and nutritious as a customer-inspected facility and business. When the relationship marketer must pass the scrutiny of the discriminating patron, who personally looks over the entire operation, you'd better believe not one in a thoughsan would risk doing something unscrupulous. But a huge entity with a lot of "No Admittance" doors, with a bank of Philadelphia lawyers and millions in product liability insurance to protect it can hoodwink, smooth talk, and weasel out of anything.
Let's restore integrity in the food system by getting involved with it, personally.