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

It does, however, take some brutal and not always necessary and bloody swipes at government and the liberal left. Unfortunately the result will be more regulation, resulting in more centralization and more areas where jol large company can ignore the regulators everythinng small ones can’t get in at all.

Infuriating because of the jumble of insane bureaucracy he reveals. But, and here’s the other part of the equation, if you’re the chief executive of a large business, you don’t want to pay for it. I would say I can’t blame them if they don’t do things the way this guy does because as he has made abundantly clear, his way is NOT the easy way. Aug 24, Lj rated it it was amazing.

From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats jofl themselves sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. While the details of how ridiculous the regulations involving the production of food were, the parts of the book that really got to me were the places he discusses the ideology behind the regulations.

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Apr 27, Seth rated it it was amazing. Toward the end of the book, he looks to “The Future” at such issues as Avian Influenza, Mad Cow, bioterrorism, the animal welfare movement, and the proposed National Animal Identification System.

And while the latter, at least, might be true in a sense, that in and of itself is a sad commentary on our country, because all Salatin wants to do is to raise and sell to his customers what he believes and many satisfied customers will agree is the best animals and animal products in the world, and he wants to do so in a way that is truly sustainable for the environment and economically viable both for his family and for his customers on the small-ish scale at which his family farm operates.


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. Their system favors industri Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat.

Nobody enjoys seeing handicapped folks gain mobility more than I do, but this is my farm and my business.

I could see how this makes sense for large factory farms where workers have to wear Hazmat suits to access the animals safely, but everythint a small farm it makes no sense whatsoever.

A cyclical based model.

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal : Joel Salatin :

Joel details it in the book: Salatin does have some ideas I think are nutty tangents like suggesting that we have wnat illegal alien problem due to abortion but I’m sure he would insist that all his points are connected. While I can’t claim to agree with all of the author’s view points he talks about much more than just food and farming in the bookI fully agree with his philosophy that we should openly discuss our beliefs This book offers fascinating insights into the processes involved in modern food creation, how this has changed, and why.

Lists with This Book. They did not know each other because they were from different parts of the country. Mar 21, Arminzerella rated it really liked it Shelves: Joel, unfortunately, has had the undesirable visits from far too many pin striped suit employees.

Since talking to you in person went so badly, my only wish is this: He and his family have a mixed farm in Virginia, USA, a holistic kind of system with rotations tl animals chooks follow cattle, for example, and clean up parasitesplus pigs, forest fverything timber.

Pretty much everything that salqtin to be everyday life is now illegal in his home state illdgal Virginia. He is quite the libertarian and does not shy away from sharing his political views on nearly every topic under the sun, food related or not.


He really exposes how the USDA is owned by industrial farming and corporations. I was born in Iowa and I know some farmers that farm on land there, but I have no idea what “type” of farming they do. If you have any interest in farming, local food communities, organics, environmental stewardship, crony capitalism, liberty and fighting tyrannical regulations, all from a non-partisan outsider, then his book is well worth a read.

Keep up the good fight. I’m not a vegetarian, but by choice I don’t eat meat often so I probably was I finished it finally! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front – A Book Review

Really–is that so much to ask? That is how NAIS came to be. It also will make you think twice, if not three times, before you buy meat at the grocery store again. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Moel upon evsrything years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat.

Jun 27, Philippa rated it really liked it. Not just in direct illness, but in general food nutritional quality, taste, and texture.

I did not have the time to jump through all the hoops, make the stuff, advertise the stuff, and handle my other daily affairs. And the struggle is not over.

Salatin and his family are role models for a way of farming that is regenerative, respectful of animals and the land, producing safe, healthy food for the people in the community, and also giving them a direct connection with the land and the food it produces.