[ Pdf Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal Ü society PDF ] by Joel Salatin ✓ This thoroughly enjoyable book is at once humorous and infuriating Humorous because of Joel s genuine, down to earth writing style that just makes you chuckle throughout Infuriating because of the jumble of insane bureaucracy he reveals.
Joel can be pretty far out with some of his political views, but that adds to the appeal of the book Joel defines authentic he lets it all hang out, doesn t mince words, and states things plainly.
Whether you agree with him or not, he s a likable guy whose thoughts should be considered seriously.
Proponents of locavorism, sustainable agriculture, and gardening, such as myself, will devour this book with glee.
But even if you re not a foodie, this is a must read for anyone dedicated to building a mini factory.
In The Coming Aristocracy, Oliver DeMille points out that one reason we ve lost freedom in America is because we have so many employees relative to owners, and employees don t directly struggle with the loss of freedom on a daily basis.
He writes In our current model of government and corporate dependence, aristocratic institutions, laws and policies encounter only nominal resistance More to the point, relatively few people are even aware of how burdensome our current regulatory environment is Employees are largely shielded from red tape Ironically, they feel its effects indirectly in almost every aspect of their lives, but few make the connection Create a multitude of mini factory owners and it s a different story Suddenly, freedom issues are brought to the forefront as and people clash with bureaucracy, and mass consciousness is awakened Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal is the perfect example of this Unless you re on the front lines, as is Joel, you don t know how burdensome our bureaucracies have become.
But a good starting point is to learn from an in the trenches farmer like Joel Salatin Joel caught the attention of Michael Pollan in his New York Times bestseller The Omnivore s Dilemma when he refused to ship T Bone steaks to New York Since then, he s been featured in a lot of media, including the documentaries The Future of Food and Food, Inc As Joel writes Our farm, Polyface, has been featured in countless publications and media All this notoriety has vaulted our family farm into the spotlight, the darling of local food advocates around the world What many people do not understand, however, is that at every step on this journey toward success, government officials have unceasingly tried to criminalize us, demonize us, dismiss us, and laugh at us We have fought, clawed, cried, prayed, argued, and threatened The point is that if it had been up to public servants, Polyface would not exist And the struggle is not over Some battles, as you will see, we did not win Some we refuse to fight The war goes on Supporters of local, heritage, artisanal, organic, ecological, sustainable, humane, biodynamic food need to know that every day, their food farmer friends receive visits, phone calls, threats, summonses, confiscation, and criminal charges The harassment from government officials would make your hair stand on end This book is about one such farmer s lifetime of dealing with these issues If you care about freedom, I urge you to read Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal It makes theory concrete and will motivate you to stick with the fight.
This is a book that would make Robert Heinlein rolled over in his grave, yet he would completely agree with it It is a book to make me, the mildly rebellious anti authority person I am, become a raving Libertarian It also will make you think twice, if not three times, before you buy meat at the grocery store again.
The author of this book is a farmer in Virginia He is trying to run a small farm and sell the products from his farm Most of the things he wants to do, sell eggs, fresh chicken and other meat, raw milk, are, in one way or another, illegal The laws that in theory were set up to protect are just promoting the industrialization of food production This month, with a mass hysteria over peanut products, we can see how safe the industry is Unfortunately the result will be regulation, resulting in centralization and areas where a large company can ignore the regulators and small ones can t get in at all.
The best part of this book is that the author is not writing a theoretical tract He is no animal rights activist who has never seen animals in the wild, he is not a professor, years from getting mud on his shoes, he is a farmer first He has become an activist only because of the years of fighting the system.
While the details of how ridiculous the regulations involving the production of food were, the parts of the book that really got to me were the places he discusses the ideology behind the regulations For example One of my icons, Wendell Berry, makes the excellent point in his classic The Unsettling of America that ultimately the rabid environmentalist and the rabid factory farmer are cut from the same cloth they both idolize a landscape devoid of humans Ultimately they both hate people Asked to supply a picture of the ideal landscape, neither group will include humans in the portrait.
Or this point, As these types of laws proliferate, all of us find fewer and fewer spots of autonomy left Being able to make self directed decisions is critical for expressing our humanness Not that any individual expression is okay but these basic moral codes are a far cry from the kind of micro behavioural codes emanating from today s politicians The Romans had a saying that the better the government, the fewer the laws.
or this one, Teddy Roosevelt used to say that nothing in government happens by accident There is always an agenda And especially today, the agenda usually involves power and money to large corporate and bureaucratic interests with a parallel disempowering and impoverishing of smaller public and private entities.
I especially like that last paragraph, as he neatly skewers both the Left and the Right This is a man who has thought deeply about our political process and the practical applications of it All he wants to do is feed his neighbors and his family, the government will not allow it While I think that a part of his problem is living in the East, even in the West kneejerk reaction laws are passed every year If I had a lot of money, I would buy this book for every person I know, as it is, get this from the library and read it, remember it when election time comes around and every time you have to deal with any sort of government bureaucracy.
Okay, ignore the racism, misogyny, xenophobia, etc, and this is a really good book The ideas pertaining strictly to agriculture are wonderful If I could rewrite it to get rid of the former list of issues, it would be my bible As such, the notes I took will have to do.
Small time farmer takes on big city bureaucrats This guy is a kook Fascinating It s in the spirit of the Humanure Handbook and Countryside Magazine with some Focus On The Family stuff thrown in A little disturbing wildly entertaining.
When it comes to farming I think he s a genius but when he starts talking about other topics immigration, abortion, social security I get very turned off by his opinions He really exposes how the USDA is owned by industrial farming and corporations All in all I can t say I recommend this book.
This book offers fascinating insights into the processes involved in modern food creation, how this has changed, and why It makes a very strong argument for the need to preserve or bring back local farms, pointing out the fallacy of the legislation that currently makes this so difficult While I can t claim to agree with all of the author s view points he talks about much than just food and farming in the book , I fully agree with his philosophy that we should openly discuss our beliefs and ideas when trying to solve problems His writing style is very open and honest, offering plenty of material to make you think.
The book inspired us to seek out a local farm, a CSA where we have become a member and will begin picking up our weekly organic produce and meats Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal is an excellent follow up to The Omnivore s Dilemma, another excellent read in the same vein It offers a much in depth look at the small farmer s side of things Highly recommended reading for anyone who eats Joel Salatin is my hero In Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal he recounts personal stories about some of the struggles he s had with the food police , anyone from the USDA to local state level inspectors, etc Anyone who thinks smaller scale farmers have it easier needs to read this book The most amazing thing to me is that Polyface Farm is still going strong despite all the obstacles the Salatin family has had to constantly overcome To sum up everything Joel Salatin has to say in this book all of us need to keep our chins up and keep on keeping on I hope these stories from my heart to yours have taught, entertained, and stirred you to never take dinner for granted p 342 Some of the many quotes I particularly liked On every side, our paternalistic culture is tightening the noose around those of us who just want to opt out of the system And it is the freedom to opt out that differentiates tyrannical and free societies How a culture deals with its misfits reveals its strength p 9 Indeed, this is still evidenced by the organic movement, that asked for government certification People like me prophesied that when the government controlled the movement, the little guys would be squeezed out, the standards would gradually be adulterated until organic meant nothing, and it would simply be a way for multinational globalists to hijack organics p 23 This is an official response from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in reference to a proposed dairy amendment, For individuals to make a choice implies that they have some basic knowledge on which to base a decision The Department believes that the average consumer does not possess the basic knowledge to be able to determine if milk and dairy products are safe p 75 basically this person is saying consumers are too stupid to make any decisions about food for themselves The point is that we can t know whether unregulated community food systems have negative consequences until we try We know what the track record is of a regulated, centralized food system, and it s dismal Not just in direct illness, but in general food nutritional quality, taste, and texture Not to mention pollution and rural economic and social devastation Isn t it about time to allow an alternative just to see what would happen All I m suggesting is that for those who want to exercise their autonomy, to exercise their op out freedom, some way should be made for that to happen And when an alternative, parallel system is allowed to exist, our culture is richer as a result p 249 In relation to the avian flu We re federal veterinarians from the USDA and we re here to take blood samples of your poultry, said the man in the sedan with blue government platesThe veterinarians said they wanted to take blood samples to check for avian flu I responded emphatically, You are not welcome here You may not exit the car You are trespassing and I demand that you leave immediately They backed out of the yard, turned around, and leftI fully expected them to return Monday morning with a warrant, but they never did come back Which is one reason why I encourage people being harassed by these bureaucrats to not be cowed into compliance p 264 5 During the avian flu outbreak, two of the federal vets came to visit us during their time off They were not in any official capacity they just wanted to see the farm that they d heard about or read about I was glad to have them One came one week and the other came the following week They did not know each other because they were from different parts of the country But each of them said the same thing Every one of us knows that the reason for the outbreak is too many birds in too tight living quarters in too many houses in too close a geographic proximity But if any of us breathes a word of that publicly, we will be fired within 24 hours Now how does that make you feel about government protection About the USDA scientists being the repository of food safety p 268 From an attorney who represented one of the largest food businesses in the world, When NAIS National Animal Indentification System came up, he said he would put it to me straight, People don t trust the large corporations If you re a large corporation, you need that trust to survive How do you get that trust You create a system that makes it look like you care People want to see you doing something that protects them That is how NAIS came to be But, and here s the other part of the equation, if you re the chief executive of a large business, you don t want to pay for it Instead, you wine and dine politicians to convince them that they will curry favor with their constituents if they demand this program Now you have people s faith without having to pay for it p 294 This book needs to come with a warning that reads, WARNING Will make your blood pressure rise, your eyes see red, and smoke protrude from your ears Seriously The war stories shared in the book are beyond ridiculous But they serve a purpose They show you that big government is not the way to go That big government doesn t truly care about you or your health or your freedom O no They want to enslave you, control you, and they do this by pulling a blind over your eyes and telling you that its for your own good They basically treat you like a baby A silly billy unable to decide for themself what is and isn t safe If that doesn t insult your intellegience than I dont know what will Speaking of intelligence, most of the bureaucrats have no idea what they are talking about They know nothing of what makes a healthy chicken or cow but have the nerve to tell you that your small family owned farm must have a changing room with 12 lockers for compliance Forget the fact that it s an unnecessary expense and would not be used Perhaps you think calling the bureacrats uneducated on the topic at hand is harsh I would repent if they weren t in favor of feeding manure to aninals These are the folks that PETA should be outraged at Their desire is fatter pockets not healthy animals which means healthy guts for the people This isn t conspiracy but proven facts through than one source this book being one of many Joel, unfortunately, has had the undesirable visits from far too many pin striped suit employees He s had to battle everything from slaughter house regulations to personal sawmills Pretty much everything that used to be everyday life is now illegal in his home state of Virginia One can not sell this or that without jumping through hoops He points out that all the regulations discourage good folks from starting up a wholesome business not necessarily food related I can relate At one time I considered selling homemade lip balm, lotion, diaper cream, and other hygiene products along with simple jellies, breads, and other baked goods but that dream died as soon as it started The regulations were just too much I did not have the time to jump through all the hoops, make the stuff, advertise the stuff, and handle my other daily affairs Oh I could have made the time but the headache from it all wasn t worth it I tend to agree with him on pretty much everything Basically the government needs to get out of our personal life The book is 347 pages long and has 24 chapters divided into 3 sections The Past, The Present, and The Future It covers alot of ground I read of some things I ve never heard of before and will have to definitely research furthur If anything this book helps the small man gain the confidence he needs to rebel against a tyrannical government A government that controls what kind of milk you can legally buy is indeed tyrannical While I dislike the fact that Joel had these unfortunate events happen to him I think it best it was him He seems to have the nerve to handle it The book is inspiring at times and other times, at no fault to the author, downright maddening It is well worth the read Just be forewarned you ll catch a case of Don t Tread On Me fever He ends the book with some encouraging and inspiring quotes with the last one being Psalm 35 19, 20 Joel did an awesome job with the book I look forward to reading of his work, many which are on my wishlist The cover art idea was by his daughter It s pretty darn clever.
I remember recently hearing a political analyst discussing the ways that populism expresses itself from each party, with the Republican party appealing to people s fear of the government while Democratic populism appeals to people s fear of big businesses Salatin would, I think, tell you that they re both right and that neither really does much to protect us from the folks they claim to It s probably not surprising that we should fear both government and large corporations since they re usually working hand in hand anyway.
One central thread running through the book are regulations that make it difficult for small farms to remain viable as local food providers In some cases, the issue is with the regulations themselves, which make it difficult in some cases and impossible in others to legally provide people with good, safe, high quality local food Often, this is because the regulations are written in such a way that they favor the large producers and make it so that small producers cannot compete Under the auspices of food safety, small producers are forced out despite having safer and humanely raised not to mention arguably healthier food Very often, when pushed, the regulations break down into absurdity which doesn t stop them from being enforced And the other problem is enforcement, which tends to be arbitrary in the extreme He tells of one regulator who came by, looked at his operation and said it looked good When he retired, a new regulator came in and tried to fine fix shutdown, even though nothing had changed about the way Salatin was doing business.
His book also touches on why we should be skeptical of the science supporting the industrial food production model In the first place, the studies being done at our land grant universities which, by such an association, might seem very credible are frequently funded by the big corporate players in the food business As a result, the methodologies are frequently flawed by too narrow of an approach, comparing the latest GMO plant variety to what amounts to neglectful farming and showing surprise that the GMO plant does better than not doing anything Or, as I d heard about before in another context, comparing conventional methods against organic in ways that make an organic straw man to compete against Two test plots are taken, which for years have been used as testing grounds for non organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc, and one is declared the organic test plot while the other is used for the industrial agricultural model Can you see, already, the problem Organic production isn t a one year method it s a cultural practice that builds a soil s fertility, that builds its water holding capacity, that builds the health of the soil s structure and the living organisms contained in it How can it compete in a controlled study like this against a system that s designed to make destroyed soil just good enough for the growing season and then leave it destroyed again A related problem is that very often the people implementing studies are specialists in a particular area and, as a result, only think in terms of their particular area, whereas Salatin and other people working on these issues on the ground are taking a holistic approach, one which considers the whole landscape of the farm and the possibilities inherent in it Salatin also takes issue with zoning laws, labor laws, laws about home building and housing people, insurance laws and the insurance companies who profit from them, and taxes as well Salatin is a Libertarian in the truest sense of the word, as opposed to the sort of corporate libertarians who tend to be libertarians when it comes to rewards, socialists when it comes to risks, and totalitarians when it comes to gaining advantages for themselves that s my formulation, btw, not Salatin s As a true libertarian, some of Salatin s objections in these various cases are philosophical in the first place, as he sees them infringing on what he believes should be basic rights of citizens, but each area also speaks to the ability of the small scale farmer to remain viable.
But when it comes right down to it, Salatin isn t hoping for changes in policy simply to prop up the small farmer To the contrary, he believes that small farms that are acting in the best interests of the farmer, the animals, the community, and the quality of their product can than compete with the Tysons and Con Agras of the world which, by contrast, are the ones who are actually being propped up right now by the regulatory and subsidy climate of our country Toward the end of the book, he looks to The Future at such issues as Avian Influenza, Mad Cow, bioterrorism, the animal welfare movement, and the proposed National Animal Identification System The common thread is that many of the measures intended sometimes genuinely, sometimes apparently cynically to keep us safer or to make farm production humane in fact do little to address their stated ends and, as often as not, make us less safe while discriminating against small producers Thoughout, Salatin draws upon compelling personal experiences to illustrate his positions It s compelling reading in its own right, and tends to engender some combination of outrage and hopelessness Well, not hopelessness, exactly, because clearly Salatin and some others around the country have been finding ways to make it work, but it s pretty depressing to see the forces arrayed against good agriculture Besides, as difficult as it may be to fight this fight, hopelessness won t help, and as bad as the situation is, Salatin doesn t believe that it is hopeless, though it is outrageous.
Drawing Upon Years Experience As An Ecological Farmer And Marketer, Joel Salatin Explains With Humor And Passion Why Americans Do Not Have The Freedom To Choose The Food They Purchase And Eat From Child Labor Regulations To Food Inspection, Bureaucrats Provide Themselves Sole Discretion Over What Food Is Available In The Local Marketplace Their System Favors Industrial, Global Corporate Food Systems And Discourages Community Based Food Commerce, Resulting In Homogenized Selection, Mediocre Quality, And Exposure To Non Organic Farming Practices Salatin S Expert Insight Explains Why Local Food Is Expensive And Difficult To Find And Will Illuminate For The Reader A Deeper Understanding Of The Industrial Food Complex