Friday, August 28, 2009

Polyface Farms

I have been critical of Joel Salatin's Polyface Farms in the past, but a recent interview with him in Food, Inc. (transcript here) has some interesting points. Highlights include:
MG: How can we best trust what's in our food?

JS: Know your farmer. Turn off--or get rid of--the TV, and spend the next year turning all your recreational, educational, info-tainment time and energy into a treasure hunt in your locality to find integrity food.
MG: In your opinion, what's the biggest problem with the food industry in the U.S.?

JS: Wow, where do I start? Number one is that it destroys soil ...

[second,] hubris. The food industry views everything through the skewed paradigm of faith in human cleverness rather than dependence on nature's design ...

Which opens up the next big problem: safe food. And this runs the gamut from nutrition to outright danger.

Which brings me to the final point: disrespect of the inherent uniqueness of the living world.

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