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66 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joel Salatin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joel Salatin, often where they are interviewed.

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66 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joel Salatin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joel Salatin, often where they are interviewed.

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Part 102 - Joel Salatin on Regenerative Ag, Forest Fires, Immunity Secrets, Fake Meat, and Wasting Plant Foods

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Joel F. Salatin (born February 24, 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author.

He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.  Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products.  When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the calluses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.


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  • [6:15] How he started his journey.
  • [9:45] The world’s biggest problem is inertia and the need for empowerment.
  • [16:15] Joel’s ways to improve your immune health
  • [19:45] The issue of living in a very sterile environment
  • [29:00] Be a part of the microbial system. 
  • [35:25] Soil health and climate change.
  • [44:15] 75% of the reason for the wildfires is mismanaged land
  • [47:45] Methane and livestock. 
  • [59:15] His thoughts on man made beef.
  • [1:06:15] Food waste in modern agriculture and food industry. 
  • [1:19:15] The importance of integrating our food systems, nation wide.
  • [1:25:05] The true cost of running his farm and its ethical practices.


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Oct 14 2020 · 1hr 33mins
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Holistic Farming, Improving the Food Chain, Your Immune System Starts with Good Food - Joel Salatin | Podcast #290

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Holistic Farming, Improving the Food Chain, Your Immune System Starts with Good Food - Joel Salatin | Podcast #290

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Dr. J has got a treat for you today! Joel Salatin, American farmer, lecturer, author, and owner of Polyface Farm. He is one of the most famous farmers with his successful, unconventional techniques (agricultural methods used at Polyface are "beyond organic"). Dr. J is talking us through the food journey and how a strong immune system starts with our food.

We open with segregation vs. integration in conventional vs. unconventional farming. The benefits are obvious, and Salatin chooses not to mass produce to maintain a holistic and environmentally friendly business model.

We shift into a discussion about quality and nutrient density of foods. We look at how some recent studies, documentaries, and food movements sweep over the fact that organic grass-fed meat is of a far superior quality to fast food meat. The quality of mass produced meats, fast food "meats", and organic grass-fed meats are all different, and Dr. J and Joel aknowledge and elaborate on this.

Much is covered during this podcast, but stay until the end to learn how our food-spending habits are changing with the times. While we used to spend 18% of our income on food and less on health, now it is the opposite. Dr. J sees this need to spend more on health in direct correlation with the quality and nutrient density of today's foods. Spend more money on good quality food that is high in nutrients and you'll spend less on hospital bills, etc.

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Sep 18 2020 · 1hr 6mins

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Joel Salatin: Better Food = A Better Future

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Since covid-19 first emerged, one of our continued recommendations has been to start a garden.

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food supply chains, as well as the shortcomings of our global and national health authorities. So having more self-sufficiency when it comes to calories, as well as better nutrition to boost your immune system, just make good sense. Hence: start a garden.

In this podcast, we welcome back Joel Salatin. Labeled by The Washington Post as the most famous farmer in America, Joel has spent his career advocating for sustainable farming practices and pioneering models that show how food can be grown and raised in ways that are regenerative to our topsoils, more humane to livestock, produce much healthier and tastier food, and contribute profitably to the local economy.
Aug 12 2020 · 59mins
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Joel Salatin II - Episode 336

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Joel Salatin is a world renowned holistic farmer, author and speaker. We discuss COVID and a fragile population, factory farming, abattoir monopolies, the obesity epidemic, resilience through nutrition, school food, lowering the carbon footprint and much more.
Aug 03 2020 · 1hr 31mins
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Interview with Joel Salatin

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Andrew Keen explores Joel Salatin's background and finds out why regenerative farming is so important.

Jul 20 2020 · 33mins
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Beyond Labels: A conversation with Joel Salatin and Sina McCullough | Salty Talk 012 | THRR

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Welcome to Salty Talk. This is a special edition of Healthy Rebellion Radio. Each week on Salty Talk Robb will do a deep dive into current health and performance news, mixed with an occasional Salty conversation with movers and shakers in the world of research, performance, health, and longevity. For the full the video presentation of this episode and to be a part of the conversation, join us in The Healthy Rebellion online community.

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This is an interview I did with Joel Salatin (of Polyface Farms) and Sina McCullough. Many of you are familiar with Joel, as he's one of the most well known and recognizable farmers in the world. He's authored many books on regenerative farming and co-owns Polyface Farms with his family. Sina holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, both from the University of California at Davis.  She was the Director of R&D for a supplement company and taught Biochemistry and Bioenergetics at UC Davis. Despite her knowledge, she developed an autoimmune disease, which prompted her to launch an investigation into our food supply.

Together Sina and Joel co-authored the book: Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time which releases June 12th (so this coming Friday). You can order it now at your preferred online bookseller.


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Jun 08 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Resilient Agriculture Models for The Future with Joel Salatin

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In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Joel Salatin, a well-known lecturer and author and the co-owner of Polyface Farms in Swoope, Virginia. Polyface Farms is a “diversified, grass-based, beyond organic, direct marketing farm”. Joel is well-known for his highly engaging public speaking style and is the author of twelve books relating his experience as a self-described ‘lunatic farmer’. In this episode of the podcast, we visit the challenges of mainstream, conventional agriculture through Joel’s paradigm-shifting lens, and learn why farmers are beginning to shift to a regenerative model. Joel also describes how farmers can learn the skills of marketing, communications, and public speaking, and broaches the uncomfortable topic of planning for farm inheritance and succession. 

Joel’s worldview, informed by both real-world experience and immersion in a broad range of literature from philosophy, history, and religion, to current events and business, forms the foundation of his farming practices. Joel states that deep soils were not built with 10-10-10 chemical fertilizer, but rather built with real-time solar energy converted to carbon and vegetation that rots or is eaten and manured in place. Joel describes why he does not believe such organizations as McDonald’s or Monsanto are evil, but rather thinks they have misguided beliefs concerning ecological systems and food production. Most often, employees at these organizations truly believe they are helping the world. While their understanding of agricultural processes is wrong, they are not ill-intentioned. The ability to understand the opposition is an important skill Joel developed in high school debate tournaments that helps him to build bridges with those who see agriculture differently than he does. 

Joel and John discuss how most farmers desire to better their land and none have the intention to degrade the soil. Yet, many farmers continue to practice mainstream agriculture with its soil-degrading effects. Joel explains that for farmers to change their practices, often they need to face a crisis. He describes how the symbol for “crisis” in Japanese is the same as the symbol for “opportunity”. He sees crises as an opportunity for farmers to move towards more productive, regenerative practices. Joel also describes how we can elicit broader societal change to where regenerative farmers are viewed as the heroes within their communities.

The benchmark of success most used in farming is yield. Farmers also consider equipment and infrastructure as benchmarks of success. Joel’s take is that neither of these are a determinant of financial success or farm profitability. He relates an anecdote from his early years when his father, a tax preparer for the neighboring farming operations, mentioned that their own threadbare family farm was more financially stable than those farmers with large and fancy equipment and expensive facilities. 

Joel believes the mantra that farmers must feed the world is a fallacy that encourages detrimental practices and unsustainable agriculture. The coronavirus pandemic has sharply defined the need for communities to be able to feed themselves and has placed a spotlight on the drawbacks of the current centralized system. Joel describes his belief in an intelligent creator who has loaned the world to us as an investment. In his words, no investor would accept dead zones, pollution, and species extinction. Thus, it is our responsibility to improve the land and help it become more fertile year after year. Seeing the world as an investment helps people to treat it well rather than deplete its resources for unsustainable growth. 

The dysfunction of the current system is evidenced by the statistic that small-scale agriculture produces 70% of the global food supply with 30% of the inputs while the other 30% of the food supply is produced using 70% of the inputs. Joel makes the distinction that the size of a farming operation is not a determining factor in how regenerative or sustainable that farm can be. Rather, the sustainability of a farm can be rated on how centralized the operation is. He describes the growth of Polyface Farm as growth by duplication, rather than centralization. Although his farm is considered a large farm by the USDA, it has a small-farm feel partly due to his method of decentralizing 100,000 chickens in 300 field shelters on pasture rather than concentrating them in two giant poultry houses. He considers the ecological carrying capacity of the land when expanding, ensuring the land can absorb the livestock manure. Decentralized systems are much more resilient and much less smelly than concentrated, centralized systems. Although he cannot predict the future, Joel is certain that building healthy soil will stand the test of time. He emphasizes that an agricultural system of the future must be integrated, regionally focused, and full of complex relationships, and that it will be human and soil oriented. 

Joel describes the profitability of growing corn versus a grass-fed beef production. Land that grows 100 bushels an acre of corn would produce grass that could support 400 cow days per year. He calculates that, no matter the price of cattle, there is approximately $300 per acre net profit for grass-fed beef, a profit never realized by corn farmers. However, very few of the farmers have actually shifted their production. That is because it is difficult for humans to make such a large change and admit to themselves that a new method could be better than their current practices. Farmer’s identities are based around what they grow and how they grow it, so it is very challenging for change to occur. The truth, though, is that farmers must adapt or die. It may require a new generation of farmers for the needed change to happen. 

Joel raises the uncomfortable topic of farm succession. Estate planning is especially difficult for farmers due to their love for the land. The average age of a farmer today is 65, so about 50% of America’s farmland will shift in ownership in the next 15 years. At the same time, there are many young people hoping to enter the sector. While Joel has explored ways to connect young people with aging farmers who are looking for a successor, he also enforces the value of low-capital and mobile systems to help young people get started. The average American farm has $4.00 of depreciable equity for $1.00 in annual gross sales. At Polyface Farms, this ratio is $0.50 to $1.00. This more nimble style of agriculture requires no land equity, as mobile systems can be placed on land not owned by the farmer. Low-capital systems are becoming very important as young people gain the necessary experience, skills, and knowledge to start up a successful farming venture. 

The practice of equal inheritance of farmland is a concept Joel discourages. His view is that farmland should be inherited by the person who has been stewarding the land. When the child who stayed home and held the farm together is given an equal inheritance with their siblings who pursued other careers, they must buy out their siblings to keep the farm which is an unfair burden. These conversations often don’t happen, but they are necessary for families to have. As Joel jokes, “Why should I die on my tractor so my kids can run off to Las Vegas with my money?”

This episode is a long conversation examining the importance of being well-informed and focusing on soil health and profitability above yields. Listen to gain a better understanding of the future of agriculture and what it will take to get there. 

Resources:Joel’s Bio

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May 26 2020 · 1hr 25mins
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#1478 - Joel Salatin

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Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal, You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. His latest book, co-authored with Dr. Sina McCullough, Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time is available for preorder now.
May 21 2020 · 2hr 19mins
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1.22 Back To The Answer, Wisdom In A Global Crisis, with Joel Salatin and Darren Doherty.

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Amazing long form, round table conversation with Joel Salatin and Darren Doherty, recorded right before the CoVid lockdown. We get a real deep insight into what drives and concerns two amazing pioneers and innovators in agriculture and regenerative farming.

Joel Salatin is an outspoken advocate for free speech and choice in food and farmer relationships and transparency of production. An author of 12 eclectic books on farming, entrepreneurship, legal battles and spiritual ecological connection.  Joel's latest communications outreach is his ever relevant blog Musings From a Lunatic Farmer.  Joel is also the head of the highly acclaimed Polyface Farms and widely accepted as the most famous farmer of our time and a huge mentor to thousands of young and passionate new farmers. Also self described as a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. I have huge respect and affection for Joel as an elder, a friend and a God fearing farmer. 

Known as the master of process Darren Doherty has painstakingly developed an incredibly pragmatic and far reaching platform for total farm planning, the Regrarians Platform. With thousands of hours, ecological farm designs, implementations and successful students Darren’s innovative and incredible contribution to the regenerative farming movement is well established and most recently manifest in his long awaited book The Regrarians Handbook. When it comes to due diligence in farm planning and farming innovation Darren Doherty has become the undisputed last word.  I have a special respect and gratitude to Darren, as my first real teacher and connection into the world of regenerative farming and all the following evolutions. 

The Regarians team and Polyface Farms also collaborated in the production of the deeply moving and acclaimed documentary, Polyfaces. check it.

As we do at The EcoIQ Project, we like to dig deep into these leaders mindset, decision making processes and secrets of success, earned the long short way, through thousands of hours of involvement at all levels of regenerative farming and connecting to our intrinsic relationship to land, food, animals and country.

We cover:

  • Connections and preparations for the upcoming Mother Earth Fair and The Regrarians Handbook launch
  • History of The Mother Earth Magazine and information sharing globally
  • The beginnings of a close professional relationship
  • The hunger for a deeper meaning in farming
  • Thoughts on the work of Dr Jordan Peterson
  • The importance of taking on individual responsibility
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Secrets of mentorship and importance of passing on knowledge
  • What is a big M small D approach?
  • What is real diversity
  • Techniques for developing and refining innovation.
  • Is there a connection between our farming models and the strength of immune system?
  • Richard Perkins and the desire to engage on the deeper end of the water…
  • To serve is how we become most fully human.
  • messages for all…

A deep honour and pleasure to share words of wisdom from these two esteemed elders in this space. many lessons to mediate on and integrate. So get your pen ready and your finger poised over the rewind button, as we embrace the complexity in all things and go deep and dense with Joel Salatin and Darren Doherty.

May 19 2020 · 2hr 40mins
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Joel Salatin on Farming, Experience and Mastery.

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Joel Salatin shares his thoughts on farming, the importance of experience, and the role of mastery over ourselves and our chosen discipline.


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These topics layout the major themes of the conversation that follows but touch only on the barest of the depth you’ll hear. Together  Joel and I explore land access for new farmers, living frugally,  agriculture based on skilled people, mentoring and apprenticeship, the nature of wisdom, and what it means to be well-read and with it well rounded: to be an interesting conversationalist with something to say and a provocative way to say it, so others find us and our message appealing.

I left this conversation thinking about the personal changes we can make now to become experts in our chosen field and how that serves as a model for others that continues the change that already began. Eventually, that daily change becomes the future we cannot imagine for generations to come.

Once you’ve given this interview a  listen, leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Or, you can also get in touch with me directly in the usual ways.

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Feb 15 2020 ·