EVERYTHING I WANT to DO is ILLEGAL: War Stories from the Local Food Front


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Although Polyface Farm has been glowingly featured in countless national print and video media sources, it would not exist if the USDA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture had their way. From a lifetime of noncompliance, frustration, humor and passion come the behind-the-scenes real stories that have brought this little family farm into the forefront of the non-industrial food system. Asked recently where he thought America’s food system was on a continuum of history, one observer responded: “We’re at Custer’s Last Stand. For all the foodie fluff and eco-local buzz, in the final analysis the embedded, heritage, transparent, truthful food system is in danger of annihilation.”


Today, those farmers who are trying to heal their land, their neighbors and their food are marked for destruction. Using actual, factual stories as a springboard to the broader philosophical issues surrounding food choice and entrepreneurship, the author comes across as a modern-day food evangelist—but not a fanatic. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but this book will force you to think about things that most people didn’t even know existed.

Softcover, 338 pages

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Weight 19.5 oz