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  • Folks, This Ain't Normal

  • A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
  • By: Joel Salatin
  • Narrated by: Joel Salatin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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By: Joel Salatin
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impacts.

>Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture", and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.

And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice - practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure - makes Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-listen book.

©2011 Joel Salatin (P)2011 Hachette

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  • 23-05-2023

So close….

As a hobby farmer and clearly what Joel calls an animal worshipper, I take pride in my animal management, and that includes respecting the animal through its life, and it’s death.

I could get past the bit where he talks about a good old-fashioned hog Kill’n, but when he said that cutting throats of animals was the most humane way to slaughter, I was out.
I don’t care,how you frame it, dying from having your throat cut is not humane.

Such a shame, as there are so so so many things in this book that he has articulated brilliantly.

Still worth a listen as I took away many good points .

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excellent for anyone realising things ain't normal

excellent overview of the state of our culture and food mindset. a must read for anyone who has never thought outside of what school taught them. written with sensible and inspiring conviction

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Resonating

More publicity for this book is needed, so that we have more supporter for the upcoming agricultural revolution.

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Great book

Thanks to Joel for sharing his insight into just how disconnected we and our food system has become. As a vegetarian and budding farmer starting my journey into my own food production there were times during the book that I I was cringing however the role animals play in regenerative and responsible agriculture is very clear. Joel’s knowledge is something that should not and can not be lost. Thanks for writing

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So informative and easy to listen to

Joel presents a tonne of useful, sense-making information in this book. I found it intriguing and provided a lot of food for thought.

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'Normal' An historical guide

This book was full of truth, transparency, accountability, and self responsibility.

Half a century of life experience, transforming his farm, from rock pile, to lush pasture, traditionally mentored, well read, articulate, simultaneously caring, while calling out utter abhorrent mentality and naivity of certian thinking.

This book is for everyone that is even remotely interested in what they eat, &/or, how (their) food is grown, harvested, processed, distributed, consumed. awaken to the labeling lies and legalities that government agencies allow big business to get away with- protecting big $$$, over a persons right to know what they are consuming, all the while, trampling over, and sendng extinct, every small enterprise, and even our individual right to buy or sell, a quiche, soup, or fresh milk, hand milked, to your parent, child, friend or neighbour!

Do yourself a favour, and listen to this audiobook!

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Excellent Book to Relisten to

Everytime I listen to this book I hear things I didnt hear the first time.
I highly recommend this book.

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Joel Salatin is one of the Best

I love Joel and everything he believes in. A must read for anyone that cares.

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Salatin is the Gandhi of regenerative agriculture

This hook needs to be part of all schools curriculum. Salatin explain how the green revolution has disconnected us from our food and hence the natural world and how we can get back there with tangible steps at the end of each chapter. Salatin does so in an eloquent and entertaining way with everything being backed up by research. Highly recommended!

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Excellent book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Joel telling it like it is, let's hope for change in the world.

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