Reviewed here: Folks, this ain't normal
by Joel Salatin
Published by Center Street in 2011
Reviewed by George Wright of Castor River Farm
"Your best option for real food is to totally opt out of the current food system and get to know your farmers" --Joel Salatin
I was waiting for a flight at the Ottawa Airport when I spied Joel Salatin's latest book at the bookstore, out front on a display. You know alternative agriculture is hitting the mainstream when a book such as Joel’s can be purchased at the airport! For most of you, he’s the farmer who stars in the movies Food Inc, Fresh, and the newly released American Meat.
I have to say outright that if Joel ran a church I would attend it; I am a big fan. I'm not the only one. Some have dubbed him 'The High Priest of the Pasture'. I have read all of his books, but have to admit that in his past efforts his editing and writing was poor and he included a lot of needless repetition of his ideas. He was always saved by his great content. But this book suffers none of the problems of his past ones. There is almost no repetition, Joel's writing is excellent and I found (nearly) no mistakes.
If anyone out there needs a reason to feel good about small farming in a sustainable way, this is the book to read. He also references other wonderful people such as Will Allen, Michael Pollan and others. You have to get to know Will Allen. Joel gives credit to all those who are succeeding at small, sustainable farming. He gives examples of the wonderful work they are doing.
He presents the current state of affairs of our food production and delivery system by repeating the title throughout the book. He touches on many topics such as raising children, television, food advertising, the ever present food police, raw milk, and even breast feeding. Almost no topic related to the production and consumption of food is left out.
This book is a must read. I place it on my table at the farmers’ market, people are impressed that I have read it and others want to borrow it. Thank you Joel, a great book.
And thanks to George for the review. Check out his website: castorriverfarm.ca