Posts tagged ‘Joel Salatin’

Salatin in the City

Joel Salatin gave a lecture (well actually 2 lectures, but I only saw 1) Easter Sunday at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Events such as this are going on all week in attempts to create some much deserved hype for Fresh the movie. In his talk titled “Can You Feed the World?” Joel answered that question and attempted to tackle the price issue between organic and conventionally grown food.

The most common problem people have with organics is that it costs more. While this might be true, organic eggs for example contain larger amounts of conjugated linoleic acids (good for you), the correct ratio of omega 3 fatty acids to omega 6 (important), as well as more unsaturated fats and less saturated fats (also good). We could delve into the nutritional analysis of other organic veggies or pastured poultry, but I think you get the idea. The stuff’s just better for you. One reason why these items cost more is because there are fewer people buying them. If everyone in Connecticut bought eggs direct from farmers I assure you the price would be comparable to eggs you’d find in the grocery store. (more…)

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April 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Organic Saturday

This past Saturday I enjoyed a nice organic evening with my friend Theresa from The CuT Mag. We started off by going to see a free screening of Fresh the movie at the Unitarian Church in Westport.  At first we felt a bit odd because neither of us have been in a church in years, but the people seemed nice and we were excited to see the movie. Fresh reminded me a little of Food, Inc. but with a slightly different agenda. My hero Joel Salatin played a prominent role in this documentary, which I of course loved. I could listen to that man talk forever. Literally. (more…)

February 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

OK so if you’re reading my blog you’ve most likely surmised that the name is a play on Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. That is a correct assumption. I read this book over the summer and it changed the way I eat and think about food. I’ve always been aware of the fact that eating food straight from my garden is 100 times better for me that the produce in the grocery store, but perhaps I just wasn’t as devout about my decisions on the age-old question “What’s for dinner?” Pollan takes his readers through the process of preparing four very distinct meals: one fast food, one organic industrial, one organic pastoral, and finally one where he foraged all ingredients himself. I have to say my favorite part of this book is when he was visiting Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Owner Joel Salatin easily became my hero of all heroes. Grass farmer by trade, advocate, and inventor, Joel is the king of organic pastoral. I wish he and his farm were in Connecticut. (more…)

December 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment


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