Eating Local & Organic » joel salatin It's time to take back our food, medicine and farms! Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:59:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joel Salatin: A History of American Agriculture Sat, 06 Jul 2013 01:53:41 +0000 Laura In this short video from Leave It Better Joel Salatin talks about how we went from an agrarian economy to industrial and suggests that now is the time for people to get back to the land and practice “regenerative” agriculture.

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Food Rights: The Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Real Food Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:33:24 +0000 Laura If you’re interested in reading about the struggle that many of us share exercising what we feel is our right to pursue real food, David E. Gumpert’s book Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle over Who Decides What We Eat is right up your alley.

life, liberty and the pursuit of food rights

Image: Amazon. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights – The Escalating Battle over Who Decides What We Eat.

Reader Amy M. Salberg gives an excellent review, which is thoughtful and well-written, where she highly recommends the book:

What makes this book so engaging are the numerous stories of real struggles by real people trying to sell and acquire real food, skillfully set against the backdrop of the history of food regulation in the United States. These vignettes give us a glimpse into how the regulatory state and regulatory overreach have affected numerous people throughout the country for many years, with significant escalation in the past 10 or so years. The lengths to which regulators have gone to entrap food producers and criminalize private conduct, detailed in the book, is alarming. In a chapter titled “The Violent Birth of the Food Rights Movement,” Gumpert describes the Agent 007-esque tactics employed by some regulators donning camera purses and shirts equipped with button cameras to infiltrate a food market. It begs the question, Why is small food such a big threat?

Evoking thoughts of the recent PRISM scandal, the book details the often secret and nefarious relationship between federal and state agencies – particularly the FDA and its state counterparts. Agencies at all levels of government try to hide their incestuous relationships, but open records requests and Gumpert’s diligent research have uncovered many such hidden relationships. The need for government transparency was never as pressing as it is now.

From “The Hundred Year War Against Raw Milk,” to the “legal morass” of the USDA/FDA and various state agencies as they attempt to regulate food, Gumpert describes how the failure to question “regulatory judgment” about food safety has put us all at a far greater risk than the risk of getting sick: the loss of our civil liberties as we trust “geographically remote and seemingly arbitrary” governmental authorities to determine what we may and may not eat. This misplaced trust has led these authorities to seize more and more power, while many stand by and allow them to.

This book has it all: history, politics, science, literature, even math (statistics), but the masterful way these disciplines are woven together with an engaging narrative results in a rich and full, but uncluttered, story. I found its pace both fast-moving enough to keep my interest and gentle enough to prevent emotional overwhelm from precluding enjoyment of the experience. I went from clenching my jaw during the story of a raid to enjoying a reprieve in the broader annals of the history of food regulation.

In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in food regulation, food rights, and even the relationship between food safety and personal liberty.

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American Meat: A New Documentary from Leave It Better Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:32:40 +0000 Laura As Joel Salatin says in the new solution-based documentary American Meat, it’s time to “know your farmer and just completely opt out of the system”–the factory farm system. American Meat is an important film for our time because it showcases farmers who are committed to raising animals with care, and with respect. Featuring Joel Salatin, and his son Daniel Salatin, Chuck Wirtz and Dr. Fred Kirschenmann the film shows how they’re committed to this philosophy and that not only is it possible to feed the world this way, but it’s also quite profitable.

Yes, it’s time to go back to our roots when it comes to food and discover the joy of eating food from a farmer that you know and trust. Find a local screening or host one yourself at American Meat! You can also buy the documentary DVD and add it to your farm food movie collection.

Share this post with your friends and help spread the word. Who knows? You just might end up hosting a screening for them :) .

Tell us your story! How are you trying to make the change to real farm-raised food?

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The First Supermarket Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:52:27 +0000 editors Although the supermarket has made it easier for many people to get food on the table, it’s interesting to look at where food used to be when we harvested and packaged it for ourselves.

Where Our Food Used To Be

In this graphic from Natural News Joel Salatin reminds us where our food used to be before it was shipped en masse to large supermarkets.

The thing we’re missing is the connection to our local food, the flavor we used to take for granted, and the community we enjoyed with family and friends. We might not have the time to grow, harvest and preserve our own food, but it sure is good to know there are local farmers, artisans and fishmongers that can do it for us!

The next time you go to your farmer’s market give your farmer or the person who made your breakfast granola and extra thank you for bringing the joy of food back home.

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