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'Everything I Want to Do is Illegal'

April 2, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Libertarian farmer and author Joel Salatin will talk about government regulation of farming at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Shaw Theatre at Western Michigan University. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Salatin has been called "the high priest of the pasture" by the New York Times. In his lecture, "Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal," Salatin will describe the government regulatory processes that he says hurt small farms and encourage large farming corporations. In his book of the same title, he claims that his own family farm, which has been featured and praised in national media, would not exist if federal and state regulators had their way.

Joel Salatin at his Virginia farm (YouTube)

"For all the foodie fluff and eco-local buzz," says Salatin, "in the final analysis, the imbedded, heritage, transparent, truthful food system is in danger of annihilation."

A second-generation family farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Salatin is the author of several other books, including "You Can Farm" and "Salad Bar Beef." His Polyface Farm specializes in beer, pork and poultry products that are "beyond organic."

"Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal" with Joel Salatin is sponsored by Students for a Sustainable Earth. For more information, contact Joe Orchanian at ssecochair@yahoo.com.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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