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5 Lessons You Should Learn From Mother Nature


Today’s book-of-the-day is “Folks, This Ain’t Normal – A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World” by Joel Salatin, if you want to order this book from me click here.

When I was still a teenager my mentor Joel Salatin used to tell me, “Tai, nature always laughs last.”

For you to live the good life you’re going to have to understand nature and biology.

I don’t care if you live in a high-rise in Manhattan or one of the hundred million dollar condos I saw in London last month. The laws of nature still apply as much to you today as they did 10,000 years ago.

If you don’t know who Joel is (besides the fact that he was my first mentor), he’s a famous international speaker, who’s done two Ted talks, and has written 10 books.

But most importantly, he’s known for pioneering grass-fed beef and pastured eggs. His Virginia Polyface Farms has had everyone (from celebrities, presidents, even prime ministers) coming to learn from his wisdom.

I was actually just visiting Joel and his family for Thanksgiving last week and I recorded some special videos for you.

Enable your images to see me interview Joel Salatin

The point of his book, “Folks,This Ain’t Normal” is simple. You and I in the modern world are so far removed from biological reality that 80% of the problems we face have nothing to do with flaws in us, per se, but more to do with flaws in the system.

It’s like the Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman talks about in “The Story of the Human Body.” The quickest way to change your physical health (weight, waistline, etc.) is not to rely on willpower, but to change the system and environment in which you find yourself.

So what is Joel saying is wrong with our system?

Why Unconventional Works

1. We grow our food with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones:

“Our animals don’t do drugs. Instead, we move them almost daily in a tightly choreographed ballet from pasture spot to pasture spot.”

Joel figured out that you don’t have to be locked into the conventional ways to grow food by using chemicals. For example, if you mimic natural systems with your beef cows by moving them around in rotated pastures not only do you get healthier cows but the fertility of the soil increases. That’s a true Pareto efficiency.

2. We’ve become detached from our food and the land that grows our food:

“A farmer friend of mine told me recently about a busload of middle school children who came to his farm for a tour. The first two boys off the bus asked, ‘Where is the salsa tree?’ They thought they could go pick salsa, like apples and peaches. Oh my. What do they put on SAT tests to measure this? Does anybody care? How little can a person know about food and still make educated decisions about it? Is this knowledge going to change before they enter the voting booth? Now that’s a scary thought.”

The average child hardly even realizes eggs don’t come from the grocery store. Or that Velveeta cheese doesn’t come from a can.

The only true path to food security is to know where your food comes from – have a relationship with the farmer who grows your food.

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