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The Washington Post profiles Joel Salatin, America’s most famous farmer and inspirational speaker on sustainability

Joel SalatinJoel Salatin, America’s most famous farmer and inspirational speaker on sustainability, was featured in the Washington Post, outlining how his methods and philosophy have won him followers from the left, centre and right.

Joel was catapulted to fame after being featured in Michael Pollan’s 2006 best-seller, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and the 2008 award-winning documentary “Food, Inc.” He is a prominent and admired leader in the global sustainable-food movement; “Everybody eats, and the movement’s most basic tenets — food should benefit our health, farming should benefit our environment, food systems should be transparent — have wide appeal.”

Described by Pollan as the most “influential farmer in the country right now,” much of the reason for that is the innovative methods Joel has devised for raising cattle, pigs and poultry in symbiosis with one another and the pasture beneath them. Those methods have proved productive and profitable, and are based on mimicry of natural systems rather than constant chemical inputs.

On the speaking circuit, Joel is noted as “a performer, with a flair for the dramatic and a tendency to lob bombs from the lectern. Massie likens Salatin’s ability to inform while entertaining to that of Glenn Beck. Salatin’s more liberal fans might prefer a Jon Stewart comparison.”

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Javier Blas reports: More balanced food commodity markets for 2013/14

Javier Blas & Emiko Terazono report on the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Food Outlook for the first half of 2013.

The outlook is good compared to last year, with the FAO saying:

“Food commodity markets are set to be more balanced in 2013/14, in particular cereals. The global food import bill is forecast to reach USD 1.09 trillion in 2013, 13 percent below the record of 2011 but close to the 2012 estimate, as higher bills for fish and livestock products are anticipated to offset lower expenditures on most other commodities, especially sugar.” 

See Javier and Emiko’s article for a further breakdown of the food supply outlook.

 

FT: Record crops to push grain prices lower

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/53360da2-d404-11e2-8639-00144feab7de.html#axzz2W6eeAjSb

FAO: Food Outlook 2013a

http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/al999e/al999e.pdf

 

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