- 12:03 pm - Mon, Jan 14, 2013
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Joel Salatin, a self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer,” recently gave Congressional testimony regarding a proposed bill that would allow for looser zoning restrictions on farms. As it currently stands under the law, he says, farms cannot process what they grow, farm workers cannot live on their land, and needless outsourcing wastes money and fuel.
Our current Right to Farm legislation only preserves the right of farmers to produce raw commodities at low margins to be value added by off-site processors, marketers, and distributors. The result is a few gigantic farms and a fundamentally segregated food and farming system…
In today’s legislative and cultural lingo, farmers have been relegated to peasant status producing only raw materials for the lords and barons of commerce; a feudal economy. Peasants can’t have festivals, parties, recreation and education—those activities can’t occur near cows, sows, and plows.
He indulges in a few sweeping allusions and summaries of history near the end of his testimony, but in such limited time we understand the necessity of such a rhetorical move.
Still, Salatin’s testimony is interesting for its focus on zoning laws, insights into the state of modern farming, and—wait for it—chickens. (Well, in this specific photo, hens).