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Joel Salatin on John Stossel: Raw Milk, Farms, and Food Freedom

[youtube]http://youtu.be/kliXnVB_6RM[/youtube] Joel Salatin discusses raw milk, farms, food freedom, and government intrusion with John Stossel. Joel Salatin is one of my favorite speakers and writers about both the culture of back-to-earth farming as well as libertarian philosophy.

Hemp for Victory (1942 USDA Film)

[youtube]http://youtu.be/2MwNE28u_Cs[/youtube] Hemp for Victory was a 13 minute propaganda-esque film released by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1942, urging U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp for the war effort. Of course, it was just five years earlier in 1937 when the anti-Cannabis campaign efforts of Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics successfully […]

Joel Salatin: Opt Out En Masse

Joel Salatin is recognized around the world as one of the leading voices for a return to common sense, earth-friendly farming. I had the opportunity to visit Salatin’s “Polyface Farm” this past March and walk around his beautiful land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Salatin’s books are fun reads and full of provoking and practical thoughts […]

Locavorism: A Passing Trend or Lasting Benefit?

I had never heard the term “locavore” before coming to Berea College in 2010. I have been interested in localism and sustainability for quite some time, but I didn’t realize the local food movement had established its own descriptive term. The locavore movement presents an opportunity for people to reexamine how they live their lives; […]

Industrial Farming: Immorality, Subsidized

As a lifelong vegetarian, no style of meat production is particularly appealing or justifiable to me. However, despite my herbivore bias, I still see an ethical dilemma present in current industrial meat facilities. Little respect is given to the conditions and treatment of the animals in industrial facilities. Animals rarely see the light of day […]

Grapes of Wrath and the Great Depression

When reading Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, one is painted a picture of corporate abuses over helpless people who are finally saved after years of struggle by the government. Steinbeck blames banks and the invention of the tractor and other machinery for displacing thousands of “Okies” who were no longer needed to attend to […]

Joel Salatin: Freedom, Creativity, Environmentalism

“A farm includes the passion of the farmer’s heart, the interest of the farm’s customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm – it’s everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism.” – Joel Salatin The deepest experience and […]

The Battle Over Regulatory Might

Judging from the media and political scene today, regulations to “help the environment” or “punish greed” sound too good to pass up. However good increased government regulation and control may sound, it is essential that people consider the regulatory harm that is not directly seen. Today “Cap and Trade” and limiting carbon emissions is a […]

Subsidies and the Destruction of Small Farms

Since the Great Depression, the federal government has taken an increased stake in the farming industry. The Agricultural Adjustment Act, enacted in 1933, is considered to be the first modern farming bill. The Act provided subsidies to farmers who left some of their fields undeveloped in an effort to reduce the crop surplus and therefore […]