Baylen Linnekin Interviews Farmer-Activist Joel Salatin

“We run the farm like a business instead of a welfare recipient,” declares farmer, author, and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, who eschews government subsidies and questions the wisdom of most federal food regulations. A self-described “Christian-conservative-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic,” Salatin isn’t afraid to speak his mind. “I’ve never taken drugs and don’t intend to, but I absolutely defend the right of someone to take them if they want. By the same token, I don’t eat McDonald’s food, but I vehemently defend the right of people to eat it,” he says. In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Baylen Linnekin, executive director of the nonprofit Keep Food Legal, Salatin weighs in on the future of food and freedom in America.

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