Last week the agriculture minister David Heath warned us that Britain may be on the verge of a new food crisis. A growing population, along with more crop failures as a result of increasingly unstable weather conditions, have already led to a significant increase in food prices. The biotech industry tells us that the solution to future food security lies in new genetically modified crops, but could there be another, perhaps safer solution? Joel Salatin thinks so.
Salatin, dubbed the world’s most innovative farmer by TIME magazine, spent the last 30 years developing innovative techniques that have led his Polyface Farm in Virginia, U.S.A. to become a flagship example of what a truly local and successful farm can look like. Polyface is now a diversified, grass-based, beyond organic, direct marketing farm, supplying food to over 500 families living within a three-hour drive of the farm.
A charismatic communicator, Salatin now travels the world leading workshops and seminars and will be visiting Britain this weekend as part of a European tour. He will deliver two workshops, sharing how he has been able to achieve both profitability and financial stability, while taking control not just of production but also processing, distribution and marketing. Darren Doherty, founder or RegenAg International, says, “He’s simply a must-see wherever he goes”. One on 29-30th April is sold out but there are still a few places left on Sunday 28th April. Both will take place at Cowdray Hall, Easebourne, near Midhurst in West Sussex.
Salatin has also been invited to talk to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology at Westminster on 1st May. "This could be an important step forward for regenerative agriculture in this country," says Aranya, co-ordinator of RegenAG UK. The meeting will be from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in the Attlee Suite at Portcullis House.
Salatin is now a renowned and highly respected farmer and local food activist. He’s author of eight books, including the recent Folks, This Ain’t Normal and The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. In his home country of the US, he’s the leading voice of the burgeoning local food and regenerative agriculture movement.
“We are in the redemption business”, says Joel, “healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture.”
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