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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World Paperback – October 9, 2012
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"Joel Salatin might seem like a vision of our agrarian past, but in fact, he's distinctly modern, looking beyond the conventional toward a new "normal" based on community, ecology, and flavor, too. Salatin's book is as practical as it is reflective; as necessary as it is radical."―Dan Barber, Chef/Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
"Joel Salatin is a down-to-earth 21st century pioneer, one of those rare contrarian thinkers whose words and work have the power to transform the way a generation thinks. 'Folks This Ain't Normal' will help seed the new nature movement and inspire people everywhere -- especially young people in need of some practical hope. And here's the bonus: The book is great fun to read. Sacred cows beware."―Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" and "Last Child in the Woods"
"In Folks, This Ain't Normal, Joel Salatin says it's high time we stopped taking our industrialized food system as a given and instead consider local, sustainable food production as the norm. Good plan. Whether or not you agree with his contention that we would be better off if the government got out of food regulation, his ideas are compellingly written, fun to read, and well worth pondering."―Marion Nestle, Dept. of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU, and author, Food Politics
"Chances are slim you'll agree with everything in this wonderfully cranky book. But I'm almost certain you'll agree that Joel Salatin has earned the right to his convictions, and that they shine a powerful light on some of the paths out of the predicament we find ourselves in as a world."―Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Joel...is one of the most creative, productive and sustainable farmers working in America today...His message is that we eaters can change the world, one meal at a time."―Michael Pollan, in the introduction to Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food
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For me, my great hope is that this book does become number ONE on the NY Times best seller list for the more people who read this book, then a better world we will have. This book is a must read by all who want a better world.
These days we are fooled by what is little more than large-scale peer pressure into thinking that our way of life is normal. It's not exactly a conspiracy, just small things adding up to a drastic disconnect from our heritage.
Yet, when you compare it with the last few thousand years of human history, our current way of interacting with our world is extremely novel. Salatin of Polyface farms explores where we are as a society today and explains how changing to more sustainable methods of production, eating, and quite simply, living is far simpler than anyone can imagine.
There are very few people in the Western World who know as much on the topic as Salatin. I was very impressed by his research and the ideas he expressed.
As wonderful as this book is, I don't recommend it to many people. If you are new to sustainable living, caring about your health and the health of the planet then you will have better luck with Michael Pollan's, In Defence of Food. Salatin's book is a bit more hard core.
Most of the points Salatin makes are great! But a lot of the time, I feel that he spends more time responding to critics rather than forging his own path. The book sometimes reads like I'm listing in on one side of a phone conversation.
Perhaps, by being such a pioneer in this field, the author has become too accustomed to defending himself, that he forgets that not every reader is familiar with the challenges he has had to overcome. This may seem like a minor thing; however even for me, a great enthusiast and small farmer, I found it tedious reading at times. Because of the author's style of writing, I fear that gem of a book might scare some people away.
Edit: The Kindle version of this book was very well done. Very easy to navigate with the chapters divided properly. No noticeable typos.
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Absolutely brilliant book about the "ways things outta be". Through great stories and lots of information, author Joel Salatin invites you on a journey to rediscover the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dad of boys
Wow, I have been a vegetarian for 31 years and I love this book! Joel is in your face with the common sense truth about food and our idiotic approach to healthy living living! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nathan Bales
I don't have time to write a huge review, but I'm about 3 chapters in and loving this book.
I knew of Joel from a few articles I'd read on Mother Earth News and from a... Read more
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Had trouble putting it down. If our legislators would read this and ACT on it, our food system would be much improved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by marcia Hall
Joel Salatin has a way of humorizing serious topics to make them more palatable and digestable! Another grass farmer recently criticized him for making more money from his books... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen Pangborn
Incredible, very moving, informative, and much needed. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!Published 1 month ago by Charlie D.