by Joel Salatin. Everything I want to do is illegal. As if a highly bureaucratic regulatory system was not already in place,. 9/11 fueled renewed acceleration to. Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. I’m not sure where to begin. Unlike the first two Joel Salatin books I read this one turned out to be less than inspiring. It evoked sadness, anger.

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Aug 17, Claudiu rated it did not like it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? May 23, Stephen rated it really liked it. Looking for beautiful books? For a balance, read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, which gives a completely different view of the regulation problem.

The book could have used another round of editing – it repeats itself and there are grammar issues. Salatin makes it easy to understand his point of view by walking the reader through several scenarios that he’s experienced firsthand.

Everything I want to do is Illegal | Polyface Farms

Speaking of intelligence, most of the bureaucrats have no idea what they are talking about! Yeah, sometimes it sucks to be a farmer, but you’ve got to figure out a system to help those whose lives suck even more. To the contrary, he believes that small farms that are acting in the best interests of the farmer, the animals, the community, and the quality of their product can more than compete with the Tysons and Con-Agras of the world which, by contrast, are the ones who are actually being propped up right now by the regulatory and subsidy climate of our country.

Yet, his cows are still put into the same category as the industry cows. The government does not represent the people. I found that he, the author of the book and farmer of Polyface Farms, only accepts male hopefuls.


Wish I could give a evwrything number of stars. Shout it I started this book with some knowledge of governmental interference, yet reading this really opened my eyes to the gross oversight tto have given way too many agencies. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x I had never heard the term “manure lagoon” before. Really–is that so much to ask? They were not in any official capacity; they just wanted to see the farm that they’d heard about or read about.

Their system favors industrial, global corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce, resulting in homogenized selection, mediocre quality, and exposure to non-organic farming practices. Jul 25, Tanish rated it really liked it Shelves: And it is the freedom to opt out that differentiates tyrannical and free societies. I’m about halfway through. Eevrything the first place, the studies being done at our land-grant universities which, by such an association, might seem salati credible are frequently funded by the big corporate players in the food business.

A great film that documents several of these cases is called Farmageddon.

Which is one reason why I encourage salagin being harassed by these bureaucrats to not be cowed into compliance. And especially today, the agenda usually involves more power and money to large corporate and bureaucratic interests with a parallel disempowering and impoverishing of jowl public and private entities. Most of the stories Mr. Perhaps you think calling the bureacrats everythng on the topic at hand is harsh. Not that any individual expression is okay.

However many of these productive and regenerative activities, producing wholesome nourishing food for locals, are becoming increasingly hard for him and other family farmers to carry out without the burden of heaps of compliance required by the government, or ridiculous laws and regulations that are designed for industrial-scale ‘Big Ag’ but are punitive or outright impossible for smaller farmers to comply with.


Nov 25, Stassia Anderson rated it it was amazing. Joel is a nationally renowned speaker on organic farming and “relationship marketing. PS – it took me so long to read this book simply because it got put away in a box while I was doing renovations, and only surfaced a few years later! Infuriating because of the jumble of insane bureaucracy he reveals.

Instead of facing the reality of their role, they create illogical justifications, and distance themselves from their actions and the results of those actions. Besides, as difficult as it may be to fight this fight, hopelessness won’t help, and as bad as the situation is, Salatin doesn’t believe that it is hopeless, though it is outrageous. A government that controls what kind of milk you can legally buy is indeed tyrannical.

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal : War Stories from the Local Food Front

Can we not handle farming? The common thread is that many of the measures intended sometimes genuinely, sometimes apparently more cynically to keep us safer or to make farm production more humane in fact do little to address their stated ends and, as often as not, make us less safe while discriminating against small producers.

Joel Salatin is my hero. Fight the good fight for freedom of choice.