The Straight Poop on Sustainable Farming

Peak Moment 211: Innovative farmer Joel Salatin says sustainable agriculture requires both perennials (like native grasses) and herbivores (like cattle) to b…


  1. Great talk… I’m launching a permaculture venture “pick your own” mottainai farm check me out on Facebook. I am doing it with little to no money

  2. On the contrary, I think we will see grasses grown over aquaponics’ water tanks and reservoirs, to feed the larger grass eaters. Delivery of the feed will have to be hammerred out, but it is feasible. This measure will reduce evaporation and water losses in areas such as mine, in San Diego County. I love your channel, thank you for all your efforts. – Mike

  3. I just happen to be reading one of Joel’s excellent books “Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal”. As a small business owner the title really caught my eye. When ever I want to do something that is new, creative and, cheap I can’t without a million headaches and road blocks. Joel is very inspiring. Hes clearly very well read, filled with wit and, has many good ideas. Great interview.

  4. Thanks for your quick reply! I am just here to learn ofcourse. I guess if you can thrive on a strictly vegan diet then you wouldnt worry about cows, chicken, and pigs, but I am not one of them. I love my beef, eggs, and pig. Thanks again!

  5. I think we’re going to need sustainable farming strategies of all sorts — depending largely on the resources locally available. Aquaponics is promising — where the nutrients for the plants come from the fish & animals in the pond. So this could be a source for fish & water-based plants.
    Joel’s animals are being grazed on grass — something you can’t do with aquaponics!

  6. I like the message that Joel is trying to get across, but I am curious if aquaponics technology will negate the importance of soil for growing vegetation? Please excuse my ignorance, I don’t know much about the emerging technologies requiring no soil through aquaponics, but maybe these technologies arent as good as I have been told. Anyone know about these fields. Is it possible that soil may not be necessary with new emerging technologies such as mentioned above?

  7. I think I am opossibly one of the biggest fans of Joel Salatin that I know. He’s does a great job of sending the gospel of good land building. I enjoy all of the interiews that he does. I always walk away with a warm spot in my heart and hope grows eternal. I think a Buddhis would say he is a bodhisatva.  (I think I spelled that wrong.) He is presenting a message that, if heeded, would remove suffering from a great many farmers and gardners.

  8. I have been watching several videos with interviews of Joe. He’s a real, honest voice to bring sanity to our way of making food.

  9. I’m new to permaculture and learning. I would like to ask if it’s ethical to lead the pig to eat fermented corn… is it healthy for them? And then what about the pig excrement? Is it changed on account of eating fermented corn? And how does this effect the compost? Hope I’m asking the right questions.. anyone educated please feel free. Thanks!

  10. Sepp Holtzer, Geoff Lawton/ Bill Mollison, Greg Judy, Alan Savory of Holistic Management Int’l… and many others.  Bottom line: farming biologically (not industrially) working WITH nature, not against it, is the key. Large herbivors, and small ones, are part of every natural eco-system. As are predators & omnivors. That includes humans.

  11. One man’s take on their experience on one day does not carry that much weight, IMHO. The experience of thousands – visitors, customers, interns, some that now work for him running nearby farms – has been positive. Are we asking this guy (Salatin) to be a saint? BTW, Polyface is moving into breeding their stock due to increasing difficulty in finding strong, healthy chicks & calves. (His son has bred rabbits for 20+ years.) Holistic Management Int’l, Greg Judy & others use similar methods.

  12. His other option would be to charge people to come and learn how to farm sustainably using his methods.

  13. A biodiverse organic fruit farm would do just as much to maintain and build topsoil as a poop farm. Plus no animals would have to die. GO VEGAN!

  14. Unfortunately, the history of United Fruit in central America is covered with blood…locals murdered so UF could have a monopoly.

    Nature doesn’t create monocultures like banana plantations. When humans do that, there are lot of native animals that get killed off or die due to lack of habitat — from frogs and butterflies to rodents and mammals. Show me anywhere on the planet where monoculture crops are grown — and then see what native animals were displaced there.

  15. I love this guy and what he is doing. He is more profitable per acre than most farms…because he works with Nature’s ways. Not fighting against them. What he mentioned about herbivores creating the soil is being used to turn deserts into lush land using herds. See the Buckminster Fuller challenge from a couple years ago.

  16. Something has to be done. We are all dying of cancer or other diseases. Nothing explains those epidemics better than what we put into our bodies.

  17. Well when you have a 4 year waiting list for people to work on your farm (which I know from your attitude you don’t have) for free you will likely choose to use free labor too. What Joel does when it comes to marketing the how is based on demand not his need. He views it as a service, having met him a few times in person I can tell you he doesn’t like traveling, speaking, selling books, etc. He does it only because he has so many asking.

  18. Joel makes more per acre then 99% of typical farmers, all he does is on his sleeve so to speak, anyone can do it with reasonable land. Hell Joel as great as he is doesn’t really understand true permaculture on the Lawton Mollison level, sooooooo, your comment that “but farmers making a living from their food output can’t put the plan in to make it work profitably.” is about limited mindset not practical application.

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