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Michael Pollan gives a plant's-eye view

Michael Pollan gives a plant's-eye view

Articles The Intelligent Plant The New Yorker, December 23, 2013 In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. My Tragic Encounter With James Taylor’s Pig The New York Times Magazine, September 12, 2013 The summer of 1971 was drawing to a close, and I had a large and growing problem: Kosher, my pet pig. Some of My Best Friends Are Germs The New York Times Magazine, May 15, 2013 I can tell you the exact date that I began to think of myself in the first-person plural — as a superorganism, that is, rather than a plain old individual human being. Vote for the Dinner Party The New York Times Magazine, October 10, 2012 Michael Pollan Answers Readers’ Questions The New York Times Magazine, October 6, 2011 These questions for Mr. More » How Change Is Going to Come in the Food System A Stale Food Fight

Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm (Video Library) “I’m all about trying to reinvigorate this notion of the Jeffersonian, intellectual agrarian .” ~ Joel Salatin This post is a video compilation of Joel Salatin’s holistic methods of farming at his Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It contains over forty five hours of video covering interviews, farm tours, as well as talks and presentations he has given to a wide variety of audiences. I have tried to categorize them under general headings where no specific title is available. It begins with the Introductory Videos section which gives a series of overviews of his farm operation and philosophy. For those who want to skip the introduction and go directly to the details, the 2010 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER section is the most comprehensive. Happy watching~ Stillwater Table of Contents - Main Sections, Farm Tours, & Presentations (Click "Back" button on browser to return to Table) Overview “Joel F. Polyface Farms clip from Food Inc. AFPTV report on Joel Salatin

Michael Pollan: Deep Agriculture Making farmers cool again Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. Michael Pollan’s talk promoted the premise - and hope - that farming can become an occupation and force of the future. In the past century American farmers were given the assignment to produce lots of calories cheaply, and they did. The benefit of a reformed food system, besides better food, better environment and less climate shock, is better health and the savings of trillions of dollars. Pollan outlined what this recovery for American farmers and food producers should be. Governments should reward farmers for diversifying away from monocultures. How might such change happen? The major problem with his vision? Make farms and farmers cool again. --Kevin Kelly

Principles | Polyface, Inc. Polyface Guiding Principles TRANSPARENCY: Anyone is welcome to visit the farm anytime. No trade secrets, no locked doors, every corner is camera-accessible. GRASS-BASED: Pastured livestock and poultry, moved frequently to new “salad bars,” offer landscape healing and nutritional superiority. INDIVIDUALITY: Plants and animals should be provided a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness. COMMUNITY: We do not ship food. NATURE’S TEMPLATE: Mimicking natural patterns on a commercial domestic scale insures moral and ethical boundaries to human cleverness. EARTHWORMS: We’re really in the earthworm enhancement business. Message from Joel and all of us here at Polyface: Scaling up without Selling your Soul Many successful entrepreneurial start-ups morph into Wall-Streetified empires that lose their distinctives. I am first and foremost a farmer, but not a very ordinary farmer. For context, please understand that we don’t do anything conventionally.

Interviews - Michael Pollan : "Pourquoi les nutritionnistes se trompent Dans ce livre, vous parlez de « nutritionnisme » cette tendance des scientifiques et des experts en nutrition à voir les aliments comme la simple somme de leurs éléments nutritifs. Qu’est-ce qui vous choque dans ce mode de pensée ? Deux choses ne vont pas dans ce que j’appelle le nutritionnisme. Pensiez-vous que les 3 phrases « Mangez de vrais aliments. J'ai été surpris. Mais ce n'est pas aussi simple qu'il y paraît, n’est-ce pas ? Non, à cause de ces substances comestibles qui se travestissent pour ressembler à de la nourriture dans les rayons de supermarchés. À propos de technologie alimentaire, des aliments issus d'animaux clonés semblent destinés à être homologués en Europe et aux États-Unis. Je pense que la plus grande préoccupation avec les animaux clonés, ce n’est pas la santé. Les Américains sont un peuple obsédé par la nutrition mais dont la santé est médiocre. Alors, comment devons-nous penser la nourriture et la santé? Il n'y a pas de « régime Michael Pollan ».

Joel Salatin Salatin giving a tour of his farm Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Biography[edit] In high school, Salatin began his own business selling rabbits, eggs, butter and chicken from his family farm at the Staunton Curb Market.[2] He then attended Bob Jones University where he majored in English and was a student leader. Tired of "having his stories spiked," he decided to try farming full-time after first getting involved in a walnut-buying station run by two high school boys.[5] Salatin's grandfather had been an avid gardener and beekeeper and a follower of J. Salatin with a flock of egg-laying hens that are housed in a large, portable coop, surrounded by predator-deterrent electric netting.

Portail de ressources documentaires sur la permaculture : ArticlePolyfaceFarmLaFermeAuxMultiplesVisages Élu par le Time magazine comme l’un des plus grands agriculteurs innovateurs au monde, Joel Salatin est devenu une grande référence de l’agriculture de régénération. Fermier innovant et créatif, il a fait de la biomimicrie (imitation des procédés ou évènements naturels) un atout majeur. Joel est une personne atypique et une force de la nature, un exemple d’un pionnier qui de presque rien a construit une belle entreprise profitable sans quelconque aide financière. Il défend avec ferveur le monde agricole et son importance en inspirant les jeunes agriculteurs à changer leur regard sur la fonction agraire. " Nous devons arrêter cette mentalité incessante de victime où quelqu’un d’autre devra réparer ce qui a été détruit, ou quelqu’un d’autre doive me rendre heureux ou que je doive ma santé à quelqu’un d’autre. Tout ceci est de notre responsabilité, pas de celle du voisin ou du gouvernement, de l’église ou autre Présentation globale de la ferme Définissons le contexte Principe de superposition