Everything I Want To Do is Illegal
by Joel Salatin
Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation’s most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and two subsequent documentary films, Food, Inc., and Fresh. Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains in this book, with humor and passion, why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat.
From a reviewer: “Author Joel Salatin is a “farmer.” The word tends to conjure an image of the small farmer of yesteryear … struggling, hapless, about to be made obsolete by today’s industrialized, corporatized agribusiness. Forget that image. Salatin’s business model is uniquely American: innovative, quality-driven, free-thinking, and customer-oriented. He has created a loyal local market for his high-quality poultry, beef, and pork, and he accepts no government monies or subsidies. As if that wasn’t hard enough, Salatin has had to constantly swim against an overwhelming tide of flawed regulations that discriminate in favor of mega-operations. “Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal” tells all about that struggle, and so much more.”
Salatin is an accomplished author of seven books, and a public speaker. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.