In this amazing podcast, Chris Martenson interviews Joel Salatin. Mr. Salatin states exactly what I've believed for some time - that much of our modern "illness" is a direct result of the food we are putting into our bodies.
Mr. Salatin quotes Sir Albert Howard, who said in 1943, that when we start using artificial manures (chemical fertilizers), we get artificial plants, which creates artificial animals, resulting in artificial humans who need artificial substances (drugs) to keep them alive. Mr. Salatin goes further to state that with our massive pharmaceutical industry we have reached that point.
One of my favorite quotes from the interview was We live in strange days when Coca-Cola, Cocoa Puffs and Twinkies are considered safe food, but raw milk, compost-grown tomatoes and Aunt Matilda's pickles are considered hazardous substances. It's very sad, to me, that home-canning is considered radical and dangerous and there are all sorts of cautions against it, but there are no warning labels on the processed food from the grocery.
And, worse, even with all of the food poisoning that so often makes headlines, we still believe that our industrial food complex is safe and that the USDA and the other "food safety" governmental regulatory agencies will keep us from getting sick. I actually laughed, out loud, when Mr. Salatin was describing how, for thirty years, he and farmers like him, were wined and dined by the government organizations that presented volumes of scientific data to show that feeding livestock the by-products of the butchering industry was perfectly safe. Mr. Salatin says he never believed it, and never did it, because there is no natural model that shows herbivores eating carrion. Thirty years later, we have diseases, like Mad Cow, and the scientists are saying, "Guess we shouldn't oughta've done that." It was the irony of that statement that made me laugh. Guess we shouldn't oughta've ....
The most stark and frightening proclamation he makes is to question whether a culture that has more prison inmates than farmers can even survive - especially as our cheap energy resources are depleted.
What's wonderful is that Mr. Salatin has a solution to our energy woes, and it's all about community, but it's also about doing what you can with what you have where you are. He says that there is no one-size-fits-all, and that we need to be able to work within our own, individual infrastructure.
Which is exactly what I've been saying about our suburbs, and what works for me, in Maine, may not be what works for someone in Alabama or Arizona - but the fact is that none of us have to be tied to or dependent on the grid.
It's a great podcast, and I'm looking forward to getting a copy of Mr. Salatin's upcoming book: Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World