Folks, This Ain't Normal

Folks, This Ain't Normal

A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and A Better World

Book - 2012
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote. Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice--practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure--make FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must-read book.
Publisher: New York : Center Street ; London : Little, Brown [distributor], 2012.
ISBN: 9780892968206
Characteristics: xviii, 361 p. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 01, 2012

“If you put raw milk on the kitchen table in the morning, it will spoil by evening. You can smell and taste the spoilage. Ditto for raw meat, poultry, or eggs. But what about ultra-pasteurized milk? Touted as a way to extend shelf life, this procedure inhibits life-giving, life-necessitating decomposition – could we even say it destroy the sacrifice necessary for life? I know this is flirting with profound spiritual truth, but one thing I believe very strongly is that truth, real truth, permeates and threads its way seamlessly through the physical and spiritual. If it doesn’t work spiritually, it won’t work physically. And if it won’t work physically, it won’t work spiritually” (p. 120).

Feb 23, 2012

The hubris with which our young people enter life, living in this world of replacement and limitless instant gratification, engenders an arrogance toward life and ecology that is both scary and dangerous. No fear is the mantra of fools.


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Dec 22, 2016

Ego-maniacal, nostalgic to a fault, and intentionally insulting.

After seeing him speak in several documentaries and becoming interested in his farming methods, this is the first book I've read by Joel. I'm hoping other books of his about farming techniques will be less emotionally exhausting to read. He seems to be in retribution mode: doling out insults on his customers, "educated" people, young people, environmentalists of all ages, the government, other farmers, his neighbors, nearly everybody fitting into a stereotyped box of "ignorance", while he attempts to prove something about how his way is the best way and should be adopted, or at least attempted, by everybody. This method backfires for me; I can't imagine why anyone would be interested in his mostly unrealistic suggestions (with no help on HOW to achieve them) while he spends so much energy describing these emulated (obsolete) historical norms and unrealistic futures.

At the same time, it's idealistic. While being self-admittedly ignorant, his imaginary world does sound pretty nice. Unfortunately insults and nostalgia won't get us there.

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