“Beyond Organic”

Meet Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms: “Beyond Organic” farmer. The following quotes are taken from an article written in 2006 by Michael Pollan for Mother Jones. Joel Salatin “We ask for too much salvation by legislation.”

“Don’t you find it odd that people will put more work into choosing their mechanic or house contractor than they will into choosing the person who grows their food?”

“Greetings from the non-bar code people…”

“…whenever I hear people say clean food is expensive, I tell them it’s actually the cheapest food you can buy. That always gets their attention. Then I explain that, with our food, all of the costs are figured into the price. Society is not bearing the cost of water pollution, of antibiotic resistance, of food-borne illnesses, of crop subsidies, of subsidized oil and water—of all the hidden costs to the environment and the taxpayer that make cheap food seem cheap. No thinking person will tell you they don’t care about all that. I tell them the choice is simple: You can buy honestly priced food or you can buy irresponsibly priced food.”

“When someone drives up to the farm in a BMW and asks me why our eggs cost more, well, first I try not to get mad,” said Joel. “Frankly, any city person who doesn’t think I deserve a white-collar salary as a farmer doesn’t deserve my special food. Let them eat E. coli. But I don’t say that. Instead I take him outside and point at his car. ‘Sir, you clearly understand quality and are willing to pay for it. Well, food is no different: You get what you pay for.’


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4 thoughts on ““Beyond Organic”

  1. The Zero-Waste Chef October 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I love Joel Salatin (and Michael Pollan). “Let them eat E. coli”(!). I buy expensive food and I’m happy to do it. I save money on health care costs 🙂

    • You As A Machine October 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply

      I am just learning about him!!! Isn’t it amazing how doors open when they do. I’ve got my garden boxes on order and have got some urban farmers ready to tutor me with an edible garden. In fact I’m going to try to grow some garlic – and now is the time to plant the bulbs.

      I loved that part in the quote too! A real ‘stop you in your tracks’ kind of comment. I forgot to put in bold, but will do so now, thanks for the reminder!

      • The Zero-Waste Chef October 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

        My daughter read Salatin’s book last year and loved it. She keeps telling me to read it. The section in The Omnivore’s Dilemma on his farm was my favorite part of the book. He’s so witty and brilliant. Good luck with your garden. How exciting!

      • You As A Machine October 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        Thank you!!

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