Monday, September 3, 2012

Food Hero Tuesday: a quote from Joel Salatin

Note from the Editor: Every Tuesday, TFT HK will bring you a post or article from/about one of our local or global food heroes. These are people who inspire us, and whose visions align with the values that TFT espouses and promotes. This week, we bring you a quote from farmer and local, sustainable food advocate Joel Salatin. Salatin, who appears in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and in the documentaries Food, Inc. and Fresh, owns and operates Polyface Farms in Swoope Virginia, where he practices organic agriculture and ethical animal husbandry (his animals are raised without harmful chemicals, and he raises them under conditions more like those they would have experienced before domestication). He is also a frequent lecturer, and the author of numerous books, including Folks, This Ain't Normal, the work from which this quote was taken. Joel, we at TFT HK salute you!

“This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain't normal.”

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

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