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