Folks, This Ain't Normal

Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin
A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

I stumbled across Joel Salatin in the "Fresh" documentary about food. His farming method was appealing to me so I ordered a few of his books. This is the first one that I've read and I enjoyed it tremendously. The downside is that it also created a despair in me for the following reasons:

  1. Greed drives everything that we do in North American culture, general well-being is not really part of the discussion.
  2. Corruption is rampant and seemingly not even hidden anymore but rather standard operating procedure. The systems that were to maintain justice and righteousness are now vehicles driving our greed.
  3. Complacency and ignorance of the general populace ensures that none of this will change.
A friend asked me what should we, or can we do? Maybe the right answer is that we begin to affect change where we can - in ourselves and in our homes...who knows, maybe it will spread like yeast?

My favorite bit of information came on the last page of the book:

"Long after the final i-Gadget has been discovered, we'll still yearn for hugs, kisses, and personal conversations. When we've traveled to the last exotic place and finished participating in the last recreational or entertainment venue on our list, we will want a haven and we will call it home."

The trailer for "Fresh" ( documentary:


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