If you give a shit about food—what's in it, how it's produced and the possibility that there's a better way (with potential to save our asses)—you need to go see one of the two Joel Salatin lectures in Portland tonight and tomorrow. You may remember Salatin from the tales of his Polyface Farms chronicled in Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma or from the foodie horror flick Food, Inc. For a self described “grass farmer” (not that kind) Salatin is one outspoken, hilarious, and unapologetic fellow.

"The sheer ecstasy of being a lunatic farmer."
The Tiffany Center [1410 Southwest Morrison Street]

In this mischievous lecture, Joel Salatin compares the industrial global food paradigm with the heritage local food paradigm. Using hilarious stories from his family's Polyface Farm experience, Salatin examines the contrast on many different levels: fertility, carbon cycling, energy use, relationships, marketing, and spirit. If you ever wondered: "What's really the difference between pastured poultry and Tyson's"?—now you'll know.

"Can you feed the world? —Answering elitism, production, and choice."
Monday, April 19 2010
The Tiffany Center

By far and away the two most common questions asked of Joel Salatin are: How can we afford local artisanal heritage-based food? And: Is it realistic to think we can really feed the world with a non-industrial food system? Because the local clean food movement, for all its allure, is still only some 2 percent of all food sales, envisioning it as a credible, viable alternative to industrial corporatized genetically modified food seems like pie-in-the-sky dreaming. Using his own Polyface Farm principles as a foundation, Joel builds this vision one piece at a time by blending theory and practice. You will never think about the food system the same way again.

$25 will get you into the lecture, as well as a voucher to watch the new film Fresh, at the Hollywood theater April 26th through the 28th. Check out the my interview with Salatin from last summer, here.