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I have diligently been making my way through two of Michael Pollan’s books lately, “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food.” Over the past year, I’ve fallen in love with Michael Pollan (and not just because he spends so much time talking about Joel Salatin). Michael is able to write about increasingly complex topics from the genetic make-up of cows and corn, to the economic ladder that dictates food subsidies, but he makes it accessible to any reader. If you are at all curious about food production in the United States, Michael’s book are a great resource!

Take a minute to hear from Michael and check out the informational video on The Farm Bill above!

I just stumbled upon this video from a farm-to-fork dinner party last October at Quail Hollow Farm which was crashed by a Southern Nevada Health Official who insisted the food be destroyed by being drenched in bleach.

You can read more about this outrageous violation of food freedom on the website shftplan.com.

What a waste of beautiful, lovingly grown food!

Happy Veteran’s Day Weekend from Dallas, TX! I mentioned a few weeks back that I would be attending the Weston A. Price conference this year, and today is the second day of the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference! This is my first conference and my mom’s 10th, and I am so happy that she brought me this year! (Best 25th birthday present ever!)

Thursday night after we landed here in the Nation of Texas and got settled here at the Sheraton where the conference is being held, we headed out into the city and ate dinner at a fabulous restaurant, Bolsa. Everything is local and organic when it can be, and it was absolutely delicious!

Yesterday morning I attended Weston A. Price Co-Founder and President, Sally Fallon Morell’s talk on what Weston A. Price is and what the type of eating habits they promote. It’s absolutely fascinating and I will definitely be blogging about that soon!

Today I am continuing to hear amazing leaders, teachers, and researchers in the fields of alternative, local farming and nutrition speak on topics that just resonate with the core of my human essence. It’s time to learn how humans are really meant to eat– to support the bodies we evolved to have today! I cannot wait to share more with you in the days to come!

Much love to all of my raw milk smugglers!

 Hegemonic Masculinity “A term first introduced by R. W. Connell, hegemonic masculinity refers to the dominant form of masculinity within the gender hierarchy. Although hegemonic masculinity subordinates other masculinities and femininities, it can be challenged by them. In most Western societies today, hegemonic masculinity is associated with whiteness, heterosexuality, marriage, authority and physical toughness.” http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20212

Farmers have existed for thousands of years. They are the backbone of society. Without farmers, we would all be hungry. Why is it that such a heroic occupation has gone by the wayside? Throughout Hollywood storylines of young Americans fleeing the farm for the big city run rampant. The modern image of power is the “working woman” and “business man” living in the word of the stock market and the suit. Why has our society diminished the farmer in our culture’s power hierarchy?

Aside from the farmer being devalued, the organic farmer takes an even bigger step down. Joel Salatin even goes so far to say that in order to be an organic, conscientious farmer, one has to be a “sissy farmer.” Organic has been given a feminine quality. In an occupation traditionally dominated by men there is a sense of pride and competition. A culture in which farmers strive to achieve the biggest crop yields and make the most profit, organic may seem counterintuitive for many in the agricultural business. Organic takes more than just buying, spraying, and corralling. It takes TLC. Is it because mothers are so nurturing, that to care for a plant or animal without causing harm or pain, one must be nurturing and therefore must be feminine?

The truth of the matter is that organic, sustainable farming can be very masculine and it can be very feminine, but ultimately it has nothing to do with gender roles. Farmers using new innovative, eco-friendly practices need to be smart, and men and women are both smart. They need to understand ecology, biology, botany, and most importantly, they must be business savvy in order to survive in this capitalistic word. Farmers today need to be informed and aggressive. Combined with compassion and a sense of responsibility to the global community, organic, sustainable farmers are the complete package. There is nothing sissy about that.

P.S. I love Joel!