Joel Salatin – Folks, This Ain’t Normal


Joel Salatin calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

With a room full of debate trophies from high school and college days, ten published books, and a thriving multi-generational family farm, he draws on a lifetime of food, farming and fantasy to entertain and inspire audiences around the world. He’s as comfortable moving cows in a pasture as addressing CEOs in a Wall Street business conference.

00:00 Trailer.
02:01 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:02 Brian’s Introduction.
05:42 What Joel has deduced from his travels.
08:04 The backlash from our conquistador attitude to nature.
12:58 Joel’s constitutional amendment if Donald Trump appointed him Secretary of Agriculture.
22:36 Eliminate all farm subsidies or crop insurance.
28:51 Fundamentally revamp the school lunch programme to benefit children’s health.
31:02 Battle between burgeoning local food awareness and mass food production innovation.
34:16 Making an informed choice away from creators of toxic food borne illness.
38:49 A realistically priced $12 Big Mac might lose its appeal.
40:33 Joel’s thoughts on views promoted in “Cowspiracy” film.
50:25 How farming builds character and gardening gives an appreciation of the cycle of life.
57:43 A cultural stigma against an agrarian existence.
1:00:26 Joel’s background and experiences encouraged his becoming an author and TEDx speaker.
1:05:27 Tai Lopez, Joel’s mentee.
1:14:36 What Tai and Joel learned from each other.
1:21:17 Ideas for farmers to develop marketing and communication skills, or to access them.
1:34:07 ‘The Pigness of Pigs’, Joel’s book is a challenge to the conservative religious right community.
1:42:03 Success secrets.
1:42:58 Phone call to the 20 year old Joel.
1:44:34 Best advice ever received.
1:45:17 Advice to the watching 20 year old who wants to make a difference in the food system.
1:49:46 Brian’s summing up.