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Joel Salatin: A Radical for Freedom: A "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist farmer"

Written By: Karen De Coster  |  Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

            Joel Salatin, who I have blogged about before, is one of the most underrated libertarians that ... well, almost no one knows about. If you are a '"foodie," or one who cares about the future of your freedom of choice concerning what goes in your body, then you do know who Salatin is, and you follow his bold and celebrated struggles to fight off the USDA and the rest of the militant, anti-freedom establishment. Salatin, who became a celebrity following his role in the movie Food, Inc., as well as his "starring role" in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma, is a farmer as well as a prolific author, brash lecturer, brilliant thinker, teacher (of eco-agricultural farming for profitability), and perhaps most impressively, he is a one-of-a-kind entrepreneur who understands cost accounting, economics, marketing, and the growth and maintenance of profitability via sustainable, eco-friendly farming. He is also an amazing wordsmith and philosopher whose best book is the appropriately titled Everything I Want to Do is Illegal.

            Yesterday I attended Salatin's once-every-three years Polyface Farms Field Day in Swoope, Virginia. I drove all the day down here, from Michigan, to witness this event. Polyface refers to "the farm of many faces" because Salatin, an admitted libertarian and true conservationist, rejects the anti-nature destructiveness of monoculture. My visit to Salatin's farm was truly incredible - he is irrepressible, articulate, humorous, politically incorrect, and honest to the core. And mostly, he was accessible to the many people who came from all over the US to see him, hear him, learn from him, and potentially meet him. I think Salatin is one of the most important voices for freedom in the world right now.

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