by Joel Salatin. Everything I want to do is illegal. As if a highly bureaucratic regulatory system was not already in place,. 9/11 fueled renewed acceleration to. Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. I’m not sure where to begin. Unlike the first two Joel Salatin books I read this one turned out to be less than inspiring. It evoked sadness, anger.

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You can’t generalize statements such as this one, and believe it This book offers fascinating insights into the processes involved in modern food creation, how this has changed, and why. One can not sell this or that without jumping through hoops.

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 illegak outrageous.

Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front

I did not have the time to jump through all the hoops, make the stuff, advertise the stuff, and handle my other daily affairs. The above passage is from the Mad Cow chapter. It was thought provoking and blood boiling! The average person rightly believes government implements regulation to help and protect the people. I recommend this book to anyone who supports small farms or wants to know where that delicious Costco steak came from – and what the cow had to go through in order for you to enjoy it.

If that doesn’t insult your intellegience than I dont know what will. Everything I Want to Do is Illegal: Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days When will my order arrive?

Joel did an awesome job with the book. With a title like Everything I Want to Do is Illegal you might expect that Joel Salatin wants to do things that others might find morally questionable, or certainly well outside the norm.

No matter what your political persuasion or belief system, I joell he will offend you at some point in the book, bu Illgeal nice to see that someone gets as annoyed as I do that our government spends an insane amount of time, effort and energy to solve problems that shouldn’t even exist in the first place. These costs almost always are a result of inappropriate regulations that preclude efficiencies.


The starting point for animal everytbing is to let the animal express its uniqueness. The cumulative affect of all these requirements is that the local producer stays nonviable as a business and as a player on the world food stage.

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal : War Stories from the Local Food Front

It’s a way of farming that sustains rural communities, gives animals a good life, is environmentally healthy and has very low greenhouse gas emissions. This book is his manifesto against the burdens the state imposes on virtually every level and layer of his business.

Joel, you are right but you are nuts and Doo need to take breaks when reading your book to get the righteous ‘tone’ out of my head. Can you see, already, the problem? He gives you his opinion, in a very Michael Moore kind of way.

It’s probably not surprising that we should fear both government and large corporations since they’re usually working hand in hand anyway. Part of that goal is to produce the best food in the world.

And I believe, he succeeds in this book because he begs you to question everything. Salatin makes it easy to understand his point of view by walking the reader through several scenarios that he’s experienced firsthand. However many of these productive and regenerative activities, producing wholesome nourishing food for locals, are becoming increasingly hard for him and other family farmers to carry out without the burden of heaps of compliance required by the government, or ridiculous laws and regulations that are designed for industrial-scale ‘Big Ag’ but are punitive or outright impossible for smaller farmers to comply with.

The lane has to be widened to accommodate both entering and exiting traffic at the same time. Yet in reality everyone is being disenfranchised by buying into the myth that government can solve their problems. And when an alternative, parallel system is allowed to exist, our culture is richer as a result.

Apr 18, Amy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The federal inspector was in the abattoir the other day when I brought some animals in and I asked her about this. To view it, click here. This is something a bit different, as the subtitle suggests: At times it’s hard to remember that he’s in his early 50’s because he reads as if he was that movie character, the crotchety “old timer”, who answers the question “How are you?


First they ignore you. You must be some right-wing fringe lunatic screwball! Most of the things he wants to do, sell eggs, fresh chicken and This is a book that would make Robert Heinlein rolled over in his grave, yet he would completely agree with it. I only bring this up because you do, you white male, privileged enoug Joel, you are right but you are nuts and I need to take breaks when reading your book to get the righteous ‘tone’ out of my head.

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Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin

But when it comes right down to it, Salatin isn’t hoping for changes in policy simply to “prop up” the small farmer. One of my icons, Wendell Berry, makes the excellent point in his classic The Unsettling of America that salatkn the rabid environmentalist and the rabid factory farmer are cut from the same cloth: A government that controls what kind of milk you can legally buy is indeed tyrannical. I read of some things I’ve never heard of before and will have to definitely research furthur.

Sadly Morningland Dairy is just one casualty among many. That big government doesn’t truly care about you or your health or your freedom. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Joel is a nationally renowned speaker on organic farming and “relationship marketing.