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What do you think of Robb Wolf's series featuring Joel Salatin?

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Created September 05, 2011 at 3:13 AM

I was surprised that he was featuring Joel Salatin so much. While there is an almost-worship of grass-fed meats around here, there seems to be little talk or interest in how we actually pull that off. Where I come from, Joel Salatin is just old news. Not that it is out-dated, its just that I thought everyone had naturally been following the guy pretty closely all along. Do you think the exposure to such topics should an increasing topic in the paleo world?

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on September 05, 2011
at 06:44 PM

oh my, the definition of grass will change completely. Wait a minute, isn't corn a grass? Like ketchup is a vegetable.

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on September 05, 2011
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I'm heavily into supporting local farms (for 20 yrs) and I've been eating 100% grass-finished for about 4 years but only heard about Joel in the last 6 months.

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on September 05, 2011
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As for the "only way his business can grow...", I believe many of us would be quite content to make a good (maybe not billionaire status, but good) living providing a quality service/product for that extended only as far and enriched the health of our own community. In fact that is what I aim to do myself....

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@Loon, while to you and me Salatin may be "old news" it doesn't change the fact that he's pretty smart, has a solid history in farming, and has been and continues to be pretty influential. My WAP background introduced me to him with his first book but I'd wager that in mainstream circles (where paleo seems to be heading) Salatin is still relatively unknown. Share the knowledge.

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he certainly is a capitalist. that doesn't mean he is without principles.

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you dont get it, he is not interested in capitalism and growing the business all that much. They it for the love of real farming, being the best farmer he con be, not to get rich.

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I think it is necessary to promote such people, and it is also interesting.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:28 AM

I for one think it's nice to see him bringing up people who have done a lot to move grass-fed beef into the limelight. I can't even imagine if I had tried to go paleo 10 years ago what the market for grass fed meat would of been.

Salatin has an interesting model and I like the idea of the "foodshed" in theory but it only works if every community has a central farm similar to his own. His refusal to sell outside a 4hour drive from his farm is effective at supporting his own community but only works if you decentralize as an owner of multiple locations.

From a business standpoint the only way his business can grow is if he purchases a farm in an adjacent foodshed and only sells to that area. Not quite as practical as just shipping the meat.
But still, a delightfully optimistic, perhaps utopian, approach.

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on September 05, 2011
at 12:52 PM

he certainly is a capitalist. that doesn't mean he is without principles.

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:20 AM

you dont get it, he is not interested in capitalism and growing the business all that much. They it for the love of real farming, being the best farmer he con be, not to get rich.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:16 PM

As for the "only way his business can grow...", I believe many of us would be quite content to make a good (maybe not billionaire status, but good) living providing a quality service/product for that extended only as far and enriched the health of our own community. In fact that is what I aim to do myself....

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Love his stuff, the more exposure he gets the better. His ideas surely are getting a foothold and I know the group i buy from was greatly influenced to change over to his methods and offer good food to the mid west here. Hope to see more of him and his type of farming in the future.

Of course one of the few problems I see coming up is the "grass fed" label by the USDA. OMG they will likely try to charge the small farmers an arm and a leg to get this label. One reason I like the 4hr. type rule. That way you don't need some gov. extortionist label to tell you whats good, just go have a look!

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on September 05, 2011
at 06:44 PM

oh my, the definition of grass will change completely. Wait a minute, isn't corn a grass? Like ketchup is a vegetable.

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Yes i do think it's important...when i first started researching grass fed to buy in Colorado I remember going to every one of my stores asking..."Do you have grass finished?" Every butcher knew exactly what I was talking about...not ONE of my friends or family did...even the health conscious ones. Good question Loon.

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:06 PM

I met Salatin a few years ago at a conference at which he was a very effective and entertaining keynote speaker. His farm is called Polyface Farm in Virginia. In as far as he and his family continue to raise high quality flesh foods and have a lot to teach others about these practices, he is of course needing to support his family and needs to earn money to do that. But, I do not think he'd be interested in expanding his business as mentioned above to have a fuller bank account. He would be interested in helping others by sharing what he knows. If you google his farm's name, you'll find a lot of information about his practices.

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