Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: Food Safety

Preserving Embryonic Entrepreneurs

Chapter 16 Discussion

In the chapter, Joel talks about how we do not preserve the freedom for embryonic entrepreneurs to access the marketplace today like we did years ago when the “big guys” were getting their start. Do you think this is fair?

“It’s a log easier to be against something than for something. Being against something does not really require any alternatives…” What things are you against? Do you have a logical, better solution?

Read Joel’s solutions on the last page of this chapter. Do you agree with them all?

Food Safety

Chapter 17 Discussion

Let’s discuss your thoughts on this issue. What do you want to talk about here?


Joel writes, “You ARE a partner with your farmers. And we farmers know we’re partners with you–we can’t do it without your participation. Together we are a team.

What can you do to promote the team to win?

This book was written before Food, Inc and Omnivore’s Dilemma. Do you think the public is more ready to hear this message now than then?

Any closing thoughts you want to share?

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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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One Response to Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: Food Safety

  1. kateswist says:

    If I remember correctly, the author’s point of view is that excessive regulation and rules nearly exclude small entrepreneurs from entering the marketplace. I don’t think a total lack of regulation for all producers is warranted, but a gradual implementation of regulation on producers is the way to go. The smaller the entrepreneur and the proximity to their customers should dictate the level of regulation they must adhere to. Larger producers further from thier customers should experience higher levels of regulation for the simple fact that the food is traveling further away and is more than likely less fresh. This isn’t a bad thing but something that probably requires some closer monitoring. Should eggs that I get from my local CSA have the same regulation as those that were laid three weeks ago, packed two weeks ago and shipped over (many) state lines, of course not. But those eggs from four states away should have some sort of regulation on them as to egg age and transportation safety.

    Since the release and popularity of Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Inc I think this type of information is ready to be received by the larger public. I also think people are more aware of just how awful supermarket food tastes these days.

    Just my 2 cents…