Holy Cows & Hog Heaven Discussion: Real Food

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Chapter 5 Discussion:

In this chapter, Joel talks about how life is in the soil. He talks about how vegetables are bitter when they are raised in depleted soils.  Can you give an example of something that you have tried that was bitter?

Do you think this principle applies to animals as well as vegetables? Why, or why not?

Chapter 6 Discussion:

Joel says, “Honest nutritionists hold to the general rule that real food rots. If it won’t rot, it’s not real food.” Do you agree with this?

Can you think of any foods that don’t rot, that are still nutritionally stable?

Also in this chapter, Joel compares the industrial paradigms with biological pillars. What can you do as a farmer to ensure that your farm practices the biological paradigms?

As a food buyer, what other things other than the ones Joel listed will help you find real food?

Is real food convenient?

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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4 Responses to Holy Cows & Hog Heaven Discussion: Real Food

  1. Shrader Thomas says:

    A photographer recently decided to try an experiment: she bought a McDonalds Happy Meal and was going to take a picture of it each day as it decomposed. The thing is, the “food” didn’t rot. It just hardened but — after even 200 days — looks basically the same. That’s frightening.

  2. Kate says:

    I have a rule that if I make a recipe from scratch and it eventually rots or goes bad and I see the same type of thing in a store on a shelf I don’t buy it. Here is an example; I can make a mean lemon meringue pie and guess what, its a ton of work and if you leave it sitting around too long it rots. But I was at my local Safeway in July and I saw a table stacked with lemon meringue pies, each packed in a plastic bubble clamshell type container. I don’t know what they put in those pies to make them shelf stable, but I don’t want to eat whatever that is. The whole idea of a shelf stable lemon meringue pie just makes me shake my head.

  3. Mae says:

    Wonderful “food” for thought, so to speak.

    The only real food I can think of that doesn’t rot is honey. It can granulate, but it never rots.