Food Is Not Your Enemy


America’s Most Influential Farmer on the Future of Food

Treehugger has published a great, in-depth interview with Joel Salatin today. If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” you’ll remember Salatin as the plucky farmer who refused to ship Pollan a steak in the mail and who extolled the virtues of the self-sufficient, multi-crop and multi-animal farm.

Highlight:

“The food industry views everything through the skewed paradigm of faith in human cleverness rather than dependence on nature’s design. … But this hubris seems to relish the fact that we can irradiate food to sterilize poop, rather than slowing the processing down enough that we can wash the poop off before it gets in the food.

Which opens up the next big problem: safe food. And this runs the gamut from nutrition to outright danger. The food industry actually believes that feeding your children Twinkies, Cocoa Puffs and Mountain Dew is safe, but drinking raw milk and eating compost-grown tomatoes is dangerous. The industrial food system depends on dredging up horror stories from the early 1900s as food was just industrializing and rural electrification, stainless steel, and sanitation understanding were not available to continue demonizing, marginalizing, and criminalizing back-to-heritage foods in the modern day. Using its political clout, industrial food is waging war on local, nutrient dense foods as surely as the U.S. Cavalry hunted down native Americans earlier in our culture’s history.”

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