Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Joel Salatin: Communitarian on the Go

If you are a subscriber to Mother Earth News, you get accustomed to their politically progressive ideas, and filter them out in order to enjoy the excellent garden and homesteading articles. In the current issue, their Communitarian ideas hit mainstream.

In the article Supporting Farmers: Eating Local Food, Joel Salatin let's it all hang out. He inspires readers to grow food on unused land, like your front yard; suggests that cities should begin feeding themselves through urban farms, and that local food production is the foundation of all secure communities. The article makes sense, but the unsuspecting reader doesn't know he's peddling a political agenda. It certainly strengthens the argument that there is a huge element of deception in the conversation about sustainability.

Who is Joel Salatin? He's a farmer from Shenandoah Valley, the heart of liberal activism and New Age ideas. He is a keynote speaker at Transition Towns presentations, and is featured in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma (2006) and the documentary films, Food, Inc. and Fresh.[1] Joel is also the recipient of the 15th Heinz Awards, which is an award that recognizes significant contribution to environmental change. He's big into food justice, and he has a plan for 21st century agriculture. 

Trust no man with power to endanger public liberty.

 "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." Peter 2:19