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Holy Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin
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Oct 17, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: economics, health, politics, self-help
Read in October, 2010

I first heard about Polyface Farm from Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. I was very impressed by Pollan's description of the farm. This book by Joel Salatin, the owner of Polyface Farm, does not describe his farm in detail. Instead, he gives advice to non-farmers, about how to go about buying food. The key is to find LOCAL farmers, and give them your business. You can trust local farmers, because they are accountable to their local customers, rather than to some industrial complex. It's all about trust, and not government inspections, organic labels, and regulations.

There is a great deal of sarcasm in this book, lots of humor, a good deal of ranting and raving and preaching, and maybe even some prejudices. If you can get past all that, you can learn a lot about the problems that small-scale, local farmers face. And you can learn how to really help the environment, and your health, by avoiding factory-produced foods (including livestock that has been fed with grain and manure).
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