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    DescriptionFoodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin's half-century as a "lunatic" farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.In today's conventional food-production paradigm, any farm that is open-sourced, compost-fertilized, pasture-based, portably-infrastructured, solar-driven, multi-speciated, heavily peopled, and soil-building must be operated by a lunatic. Modern, normal, reasonable farmers erect "No Trespassing" signs, deplete soil, worship annuals, apply petroleum-based chemicals, produce only one commodity, erect Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, and discourage young people from farming.Anyone looking for ammunition to defend a more localized, solar-driven, diversified food system will find an entire arsenal in these pages. With wit and humor honed during countless hours working on the farm he loves, and then interacting with conventional naysayers, Salatin brings the land to life, farming to sacredness, and food to ministry.Divided into four main sections, the first deals with principles to nurture the earth, an idea mainline farming has never really endorsed. The second section describes food and fiber production, including the notion that most farmers don't care about nutrient density or taste because all they want is shipability and volume. The third section, titled "Respect for Life," presents an apologetic for food sacredness and farming as a healing ministry. Only lunatics would want less machinery and pathogenicity. Oh, the ecstasy of not using drugs or paying bankers. How sad. The final section deals with promoting community, including the notion that more farmers would be a good thing.


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    Title
    The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joel Salatin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780963810960
    ISBN 10: 0963810960
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    BIC E4L: COU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.4
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    LC classification: SB
    Abridged Dewey: 363
    BISAC V2.8: SOC055000
    DC22: 630
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    Libri: I-TE
    DC21: 630
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003070
    LC subject heading:
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    Thema V1.0: TV
    Illustrations note
    10 Pages of Illustrations
    Publisher
    Polyface, Incorporated
    Imprint name
    Polyface, Incorporated
    Publication date
    08 September 2010