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Joel Salatin Wins Heinz Award For Environmental Leadership

Joel Salatin–author of many books (see below), renegade farmer, lunatic capitalist-environmentalist, pioneer of local foods movement, star of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, national figure, and true-to-his-values always–has been awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for environmental leadership. The Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Philanthropies (and John Kerry’s wife, Theresa Heinz), recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.

Boom! Bam!

Well, it’s no surprise to us that Salatin’s influence and popularity has been increasing at a superhuman rate. He’s a spot-on revolutionary thinker, after all. But it’s so heartening to see him honored alongside other Heinz Award recipients such as Dave Eggers, Marian Wright Edelman, and Dick Lugar. Congratulations, Joel! From the Heinz Awards website:

Joel Salatin, farmer, author and lecturer, is honored as a Heinz Award recipient for creating alternative, environmentally-friendly farming techniques, spawning a movement towards local, sustainable agriculture that has been replicated by family farms around the country.  Mr. Salatin has developed a new paradigm for agriculture by successfully challenging the commercial production of chicken and beef by food industry giants.  His pioneering agricultural practices inextricably and beautifully interweave a food system with the land and have been embraced by farmers nationally.

At Polyface Farm, Mr. Salatin’s 550 acres of rolling Virginia hills in the Central Shenandoah Valley, he raises beef, sheep, chickens, pigs, rabbits and turkeys in a complex rotation based on the intricate relationships of these animals to one another and to the grass that is at the basis of the farm’s food chain. Polyface Farm nets more than $150,000 annually, which, maintains Mr. Salatin, is proof that sustainable farming is a viable way to keep family farms together while producing healthy food in harmony with the environment.  Mr. Salatin, with his bold confidence in the benefits of his alternative methods for a healthier planet, has been featured in books, periodicals and the 2009 documentary film, Food Inc. What began as a foray into organic farming has evolved into a breakthrough model.  Through his system for rotating animals to enhance their symbiotic relationships, Mr. Salatin is accomplishing nothing less than a transformation of traditional agricultural practices, a shift that will have a profound impact on farming well into the 21st century. In hundreds of speeches across the county, Mr. Salatin presents solutions to bridging the gulf that separates the environmental movement from agricultural reform, demonstrating that there is a model for raising food animals that reflects both environmental and moral values.
To read more about the awards, click here. Find Joel Salatin’s books here: Pa$tured Poultry Profit$ Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal You Can Farm Family Friendly Farming Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

 


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