Caring for the land: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 4 of 5)

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Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we heard a short history of Polyface farms and its’ owner Joel Salatin.

In part 2, Joel talked about the issue of “real food” education and whether we should really try to convert everyone.

In part 3, we asked the big question – isn’t this whole sustainable food thing really just an elitist movement?

In this video: Does a farm’s size or scale have anything to do with how sustainable or ethical it is? How does Polyface farms measure success? Listen to Joel talk about land ecology ethics, our role as caretakers of the land, and why a long term view is so important.

What do you think?

What is your role in all of this? Can a city dwelling, Paleo-eating family make just as big of a difference as a farm like Polyface? How does the individual factor into land ecology ethics? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. Ben
    September 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I am a strong supporter of Joel but I do take issue that he doesn’t pay for advertising. All of the public relations that he does takes and effort, at least, and that is clearly how he markets his farm.

    On another note, I just read over at treehugger that synthetic meat, grown in a lab, is just months according to some scientists. Where does paleo land eating such meat?

    • Robb Wolf
      September 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

      So…he is doing something wrong by successfully conveying his message to the masses? Ben, help me understand this. do you understand the history of the farm and WHY he has received the attention?

      On meat grown in a lab:
      No one is considering all the infrastructure that goes into the lab, etc to produce this stuff. How can people not get that grass + Cow is the way to go?

    • Dan
      September 2, 2011 at 5:45 am

      Yeah I myself cannot wait to see what some scientist in some lab has once again done to my food, their track record is oh so good. Malnourishing humans since 1950. Hopefully we are looking at some nice E numbers wrapped in a convenient little package. Right next to the candy aisle.

  2. Kyle
    September 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    “What is your role in all of this? Can a city dwelling, Paleo-eating family make just as big of a difference as a farm like Polyface? How does the individual factor into land ecology ethics?”

    The best thing we can do is probably support farms that are doing it right? Second best would be to grow our own food in a sustainable fashion when possible. Plant perennials instead of annuals?

    Do you think hydroponics is sustainable or along the guidelines/rules polyface farms promotes?

  3. Ryan
    September 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Awesome video series. I am really excited that I just recently found a farm 30 minutes from my home that is all grass-fed. One of the farmers actually spent a year at Polyface learning the methods from Joel. I will be buying my first 1/2 or 1/4 cow this winter. Can’t wait!

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