Everyone has an opinion about Joel Salatin. At talks, he whips crowds into a frenzy. His critique of “the industrial food system” – and his practical demonstration of successful alternatives – have won him a huge and surprisingly diverse following. It’s truly a big tent.
Salatin’s food politics are nearly impossible to characterize. Andrew Jenner provides an excellent profile of Salatin in this piece from The Washington Post:
You’ve heard of Joel Salatin, right? The self-proclaimed heretic who runs Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley? The eco-friendly, avant-garde Old MacDonald featured in Michael Pollan’s 2006 bestseller, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and the 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.”? The vociferous critic of industrial feedlots and petroleum-based monoculture? The one who slings blunt terms like “evil” when he’s talking about modern corporate agribusiness?
Sometimes he wears shirts repurposed from that evil system.
“I want people to think through issues,” says Salatin. “I’m just tired of blind alignment.”