Real food education: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 2 of 5)

Pastured pigs at Polyface farms

Pastured pigs at Polyface farms

In part 1 of this 5-part video interview series, we asked the question, who is Joel Salatin? We heard his thoughts on accidental activism, his personal history of farming (his family’s history in central America, how he got Polyface Farms started, and more). He also talked about new ideas for Polyface, and what may be in store for the farm’s future.

In this video: Joel talks about the issue of “real food” education. What will it take and whose responsibility is it to educate the American public on food and agriculture sustainability? Joel talks about “degrees of penetration” when it comes to education about sustainability. He also answers the question, should we really try to convert everyone?

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So, where are you on Joel’s scale of food independence? What could you do to move up a level? How could you educate a family member or a friend to help them “climb the ladder”? Tell me in the comments.


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    Great stuff here – seeing Joel in Food, Inc was all I needed to make the effort to eat local, pastured meat. We are next door in Norfolk, and are always looking for real food/locavore opportunities, having gone Paleo in 2009. We’ve had some success cow-sharing, and are looking to do the same with a pig this fall.

    Do you have any experience buying pastured lamb/goat in Virginia?