Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

by Joel Salatin
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Folks, This Ain't Normal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of enlightenment into how food is produced, regulated and distributed in our country. It opens your eyes to government regulations in our country and why we need to frequently ask ourselves..."Is this normal?" It makes a wonderful argument for eating locally and supporting your local farmer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but Joel is often redundant, making a single point multiple times......yeah like that
OrchidMR More than 1 year ago
This book is Salatin's touch into the differences between farming that brings stewardship of creation versus the modern industrially chemically based system of farming, and why his version is historical. I heard this truth from a preacher: history shows a revealing barometer of the before and after (change / get worse). Anyone can stand on a podium and spout anything one wants, but the man who has validity will have history to back him up. So, Mr. Salatin's growing up days was like a whole different world: most live in a simple sustainable joy by living close to the land and to the people we love; what was certainly normal to him; now the after: it just ain't normal. And, he has his the qualifications to back this up: before 1949, there were no supermakets--they just didn't exist--so most everyone would produce their products. And, the youth were different! And, this is his starting point. The American carefree ignorance of history and geography is legendary, yet our collective indifference to rudimentary biology and food production may lead us to un-normal bodies. Salatin says, “One of my messages in this book is to try to awaken a thirst and a hunger for some basic food and farming knowledge before our appetite for cerebral and academic technosubjects crowds out all of this historically normal knowledge.” While he gives you a history lesson of how we got to the point where the idea that cows should eat chicken poop rather than grass becomes a "rational" decision. This is excellent and informative about how food is produced (and not) in America. My eyes were also opened about how much control the government and big business want to have over what we eat. Each day that goes by makes me want to move far away from people and go live in the woods of California. Each day I realize how much freedom we have ceded to Washington in the name of things like security and equity. This book has certainly added fuel to that fire.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Joel does such a good job of making farming information and stories so interesting. I had a hard time putting the book down. This is the second book of his I have read. Now I am going to read his book "everything I want to do is illegal."
Teresa_M-12 More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all High School Seniors. Excellent.
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Great read. Liberals will hate this book.