Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-17
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co
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Drawing upon 40 yearsí experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats provide themselves sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. Their system favors industrial, global corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce, resulting in homogenized selection, mediocre quality, and exposure to non-organic farming practices. Salatinís expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xii
Introductionp. xv
The Past
The Original Essayp. 2
Raw Milk and Dairyp. 12
PL 90-492p. 26
Custom Beefp. 46
Baconp. 62
Salmonellap. 74
1,000,000 Mile Chickenp. 84
The Present
Organic Certificationp. 98
Government Grants - Best Management Practicesp. 112
Government Grants - Conservation Easementsp. 126
Restaurantsp. 136
Predators and Endangered Speciesp. 148
Sawmills Are Outp. 162
Zoningp. 172
Laborp. 186
Housingp. 202
Insurancep. 220
Taxesp. 236
The Future
Avian Influenzap. 248
Bioterrorismp. 262
National Animal Identification Systemp. 270
Mad Cowp. 290
Animal Welfarep. 300
Optionsp. 312
Indexp. 329
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