We don't need a law against McDonald's or a law against slaughterhouse abuse - we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.

— Joel Salatin

The most successful Joel Salatin quotes that will inspire your inner self

The cycle of life is death, decomposition and regeneration, and a person who wants to stop killing animals is actually anti-life because it's only in death that life can be regenerated.

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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?

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I see myself today as Sitting Bull trying to bring a voice of Easternism, holism, community-based thinking to a very Western culture.

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Even if you don't eat at a fast food restaurant, you're now eating food that's produced by this system.

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Get in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the TV, and prepare your own foods. This is liberating.

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Amazingly, we’ve become a culture that considers Twinkies, Cocoa Puffs, and Mountain Dew safe, but raw milk and compost-grown tomatoes unsafe.

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The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946.

That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.

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You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.

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This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain't normal.

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A culture that just views a pig as a pile of protoplasmic inanimate structure, and can be manipulated by whatever creative design humans can foist upon that critter, will probably view individuals within its community and other cultures in the community of nations, with the same type of disdain and disrespect and controlling-type mentality.

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The average person is still under the aberrant delusion that food should be somebody else's responsibility until I'm ready to eat it.

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Farms and food production should be, I submit, at least as important as who pierced their navel in Hollywood this week. Please tell me I'm not the only one who believes this. Please. As a culture, we think we're well educated, but I'm not sure that what we've learned necessarily helps us survive.

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About Joel Salatin

Quotes 71 sayings
Profession American farmer
Birthday February 24, 1957

If you think the price of organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately.

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While vegans and meat-eaters disagree, we can all be united in our fear and hatred for the horror that is factory farming.

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Ecology should be object lessons that the world sees, that explains in a visceral, physical way, the attributes of God.

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How many of us lobby for green energy or protected lands, but don't engage with the local bounty to lay by for tomorrow's unseasonal reality? That we tend to not even think about this as a foundation for solutions in our food systems shows how quickly we want other people to solve these issues.

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One of the greatest assets of a farm is the sheer ecstasy of life.

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That many if not most people...who want fresh leafy greens in January buy them at the supermarket after they've been bleached and plastic-bag shipped from California or beyond is not a tribute to modern technology; it's an unprecedented abdication of personal responsibility and a ubiquitous benchmark of abnormality.

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The shorter the chain between raw food and fork, the fresher it is and the more transparent the system is.

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When faith in our freedom gives way to fear of our freedom, silencing the minority view becomes the operative protocol.

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Just because we can ship organic lettuce from the Salinas Valley, or organic cut flowers from Peru, doesn't mean we should do it, not if we're really serious about energy and seasonality and bioregionalism.

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If it doesn't rot, it's not real food.

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If we fail to appreciate the soul that Easternism gives us, then what we have is a disconnected, Greco-Roman, Western, egocentric, compartmentalized, reductionist, fragmented, linear thought process that counts on cleverness.

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From zoning to labor to food safety to insurance, local food systems daily face a phalanx of regulatory hurdles designed and implemented to police industrial food models but which prejudicially wipe out the antidote: appropriate scaled local food systems.

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Land degradation did not start with chemical agriculture.

But chemical agriculture offered new tools for annihilation.

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The notion that processed food is cheap and integrity foods are prohibitively expensive is simply not true.

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If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing poorly first.

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Read things you're sure will disagree with your current thinking.

If you're a die-hard anti-animal person, read Meat. If you're a die-hard global warming advocate, read Glenn Beck. If you're a Rush Limbaugh fan, read James W. Loewen's Lies My Teachers Told Me. It'll do your mind good and get your heart rate up.

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Don’t complain about being unable to afford high-quality local food when your grocery cart is full of beer, cigarettes, and People magazine.

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I don't want to sound too mystical or weird but it's important to know what garlic smells like when it's cooking, or what eggs look like when they're cracked out of a shell.

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Our community of rebels, of humble truth seekers, wants to turn our culture around. We don't despise our country. We don't desire failure. We desire light, a beacon to show the world that our wealth need not show the way to more rapid destruction, but can be leveraged to heal more acres, more backyards, more communities faster than any civilization on the right path has ever done it.

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I think it's one of the most important battles for consumers to fight: the right to know what's in their food, and how it was grown.

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Earthworms will dance

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In my opinion, if there is one extremely legitimate use for petroleum besides running wood chippers and front-end loaders to handle compost, it's making plastic for season extension. It parks many of the trucks [for cross-country produce transportation]. With the trucks parked, greenhouses, tall tunnels, and more seasonal, localized eating, can we feed ourselves? We still have to answer that burning question.

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Everything I want to do is Illegal.

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Know you food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen.

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You know what the best kind of organic certification would be? Make an unannounced visit to a farm and take a good long look at the farmer’s bookshelf. Because what you’re feeding your emotions and thoughts is what this is really all about. The way I produce a chicken is an extension of my worldview. You can learn more about that by seeing what’s sitting on my bookshelf than having me fill out a whole bunch of forms.

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Nobody walks well first, nobody writes well first and nobody cooks well first.

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Despite all the hype about local or green food, the single biggest impediment to wider adoption is not research, programs, organizations, or networking. It is the demonizing and criminalizing of virtually all indigenous and heritage-based food practices.

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You wanna get diarrhoea? Eat industrial food.

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When government gets between my lips and my stomach; I call that invasion of privacy!

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Realize that agendas drive data, not the other way round

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I'm suggesting that criminalizing chemically fertilized grass in favor of unnaturally-fed corn is not a rational trade off.

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Our animals don't do drugs. Instead, we move them almost daily in a tightly choreographed ballet from pasture spot to pasture spot.

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I saw a news report recently that measured average video game use by American men between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five: twenty hours per week. Do you mean the flower of America's masculinity can't think of anything more important to do with twenty hours a week than sit in front of a video screen? Folks, this ain't normal. Can't we unplug already?

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Food security is not in the supermarket.

It's not in the government. It's not at the emergency services division. True food security is the historical normalcy of packing it in during the abundant times, building that in-house larder, and resting easy knowing that our little ones are not dependent on next week's farmers' market or the electronic cashiers at the supermarket.

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The stronger a culture, the less it fears the radical fringe.

The more paranoid and precarious a culture, the less tolerance it offers.

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My imperative is to seek every moment and to live so God is in control.

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On a grander scale, when a society segregates itself, the consequences affect the economy, the emotions, and the ecology. That's one reason why it's easy for pro-lifers to eat factory-raised animals that disrespect everything sacred about creation. And that is why it's easy for rabid environmentalists to hate chainsaws even though they snuggle into a mattress supported by a black walnut bedstead.

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