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The Stuff We Eat in Our Meat

Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:50 1 Comment

Mother Jones ran a piece this month, “5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows.” Sawdust, chicken shit, candy, crab guts, ground limestone. Two things to note that are wrong with this piece. First, it’s not “we” – it’s the industrial system propped up by subsidies and government dictates favorable to unsustainable, unhealthy, industrial farming practices. The [...]

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Free Market vs. Government Decree on the GMO Issue

Friday, October 11, 2013 21:22 No Comments

On November 7 in Atlanta, the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund will host a debate between famed farmer Joel Salatin and Dr. Joseph Mercola on the GMO labeling question. Anarcho Salatin takes the viewpoint that government should not mandate GMO labeling in spite of the fact that the entire GMO industry is built upon [...]

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Grassfed is Not Just About “Local”

Monday, April 1, 2013 21:59 No Comments

Paul Schwennesen is a rancher who raises only grassfed cattle on 12,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico. Schwennesen published an article in 2010 for PERC (Property and Environment Research Center) that is even more relevant three years later: “Grassfed Beef and the Politics of Local.” Schwennesen is a talented writer, and he has eloquently [...]

This was posted under category: Eco-Agriculture

Fed’s Big Ag Policy is Anything But “Green”

Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:49 1 Comment

Tom Philpott of Mother Jones has put together a nice story on environmental destruction as a result of government corn and soy policy: “Goodbye Grasslands, Hello Corn.” So why would farmers plow up such risky land? Simple: Federal policy has made it a high-reward, tiny-risk proposition. Prices for corn and soy doubled in real terms [...]

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Ag-Gag Bills, Property Rights, and Common Sense

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 11:47 1 Comment

This ABC story from early in 2012 discusses the Ag-gag bills flying ’round the various state legislatures (MN, IL, NY, MS, etc.). Ag-gag bills are said to make whistle-blowing on factory farms almost impossible while criminalizing photography of the factory property and ways of conducting business. An article from the Huffington Post states that Ag-Gag bills “threaten our [...]

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Stewardship is One of the Ultimate Freedoms

Monday, December 24, 2012 15:58 No Comments

Isn’t it exciting to see the head-scratching going on as libertarians slowly begin to embrace earth stewardship as one of the ultimate freedoms? Not the current version of environmentalism mind you (EnviroCommunism), but real conservation such as that practiced by food freedomist farmers all over America, and the world, who utilize pasture-based, grass-fed, and rotational [...]

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Grass-Fed Beef and Austrian Economics

Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:14 7 Comments

The agents of low-fat are going to die a slow, painful death. Meat is in again. And we don’t have to use the word “lean” prior to using the word beef. Beef is beef now. All beef cuts are good. While grain-fed beef is better than no beef, the industrial food machine’s processed-plasticized beef (like [...]

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Joel Salatin on Ancestral Health

Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:37 1 Comment

Celebrity farmer Joel Salatin delivered the key note speech at the 2nd annual Ancestral Health Conference. This video just came online. As usual, Joel’s material is fresh and tailored to his audience. In this case, Joel’s talk is about why we should eat real food – get in your kitchen, buy direct from a farmer, [...]

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Joel Salatin on Autocratic Institutions

Sunday, October 28, 2012 18:16 No Comments

This is a great talk from Joel Salatin on, among other things, the need to free up the innovators in our food system from the oppressive gatekeepers in the vertically integrated industrial food institutions.

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Joel Salatin on Knowing Your Farmer: “Link up with the tribe.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:38 No Comments

This is a fantastic interview on the part of Dr. Mercola, with anarcho-farmer Joel Salatin. There are many great interviews with Joel ’round the web, but this interview is very different than the norm. In fact, one focus is around the spontaneous order of farm-to-food. Joel brings up some great points about the problem of [...]

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