Practical tips for living sustainably: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 5 of 5)


Joel Salatin

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 part 4, we heard Joel talk about land ecology ethics, our role as caretakers of the land, and why a long term view is so important.

In this video: What’s the single policy change that Joel thinks would blow the food system right open? Listen to Joel talk about how getting in your kitchen and buying whole, unprocessed (Paleo) foods is the most culturally subversive thing you can do. Also, how to get started, some smaller family-scale versions of what Polyface Farms is doing, and why growing your own and getting local produce is so important.

What will you do?

How will you and your family live a more sustainable life, starting in the kitchen? What are some of your favorite “back in the kitchen” projects? Do you grow your own food? How did you get started? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. maryanne
    September 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Great interview! I’ve been aware of Joel Salatin since oh about 2000, when I studied Permaculture under Peter Bane (Google Permaculture activist). Everything he says I agree with, except aren’t there some people we do need to save from themselves? I’m thinking of the vegan who allowed her baby to die…
    In a laissez faire economy, not everyone selling raw milk, for instance, would be caring and careful farmers, which is most likely the case at the moment.
    What’s Joel Salatin’s take on that? What are Robb’s thoughts?

  2. Chris G
    September 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Here’s a “slow food” challenge for Saturday, September 17th: Cook a meal with family and friends for no more than $5 per person.

  3. Luke Terry
    September 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Great interview with Joel.

    What an innovator! It’s profoundly gratifying to see these issues addressed by the paleo community & icons like Robb. There’s no more important group of people to be addressing this area than eaters like us.

    Here’s another great interview with Joel, this time with economist Chris Martenson:

  4. Rella
    September 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Amber- thanks for creating and posting this -it has been such an amazing series. “The most culturally subversive thing you can do is get in your kitchen and buy unprocessed food.” woot!

  5. Sylvie Nalezny
    September 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Woohoo!! I am so pumped and excited to hear this. The revolution will take place in our kitchens, rooftop & community gardens!

  6. Tracy Longacre
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

    On a purely technical note, can I just say how deeply disappointed I am that you put these videos up using Vimeo? This makes them totally inaccessible to me (and anyone without a blazing fast Internet connection). If you had published them to YouTube, there are tools that allow those videos to be downloaded, but not with Vimeo.

    Very sad and disappointed.

    On the other hand, I was thrilled to see Joel is going to be on an upcoming podcast!

    • Robb Wolf
      September 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

      Well, I’ve been discovering that if we are successful (in some folks minds) at something we can all but guarantee we are a “failure” in other folks minds. Ah well!

    • damaged justice
      September 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

      There are tools that have the ability to download from Vimeo, so you apparently didn’t look hard enough.

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