Why You Have To Get Back To Nature
When I was still a teenager my mentor Joel Salatin used to tell me, "Tai, nature always laughs last."

For you to live the good life you're going to have to understand nature and biology.
Tai Dec 04, 2014
I don't care if you live in a high-rise in Manhattan or one of the hundred million dollar condos I saw in London last month. The laws of nature still apply as much to you today as they did 10,000 years ago.
 

 
If you don't know who Joel is (besides the fact that he was my first mentor), he's a famous international speaker, who’s done two Ted talks, and has written 10 books. 
 
But most importantly, he's known for pioneering grass-fed beef and pastured eggs. His Virginia Polyface Farm has had everyone (from celebrities, presidents, even prime ministers) coming to learn from his wisdom.
 
I was actually just visiting Joel and his family for Thanksgiving last week and I recorded some special videos for you. 
 
The point of his book, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” is simple. You and I in the modern world are so far removed from biological reality that 80% of the problems we face have nothing to do with flaws in us per se, but more to do with flaws in the system.
 
It's like the Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman talks about in “The Story of the Human Body.” The quickest way to change your physical health (weight, waistline, etc.) is not to rely on willpower, but to change the system and environment in which you find yourself. 
 
So what is Joel saying is wrong with our system?
 
Lessons You Can Only Get From
Living on a Farm
 
1. We grow our food with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones:
 
"Our animals don't do drugs. Instead, we move them almost daily in a tightly choreographed ballet from pasture spot to pasture spot."
 
Joel figured out that you don't have to be locked into the conventional ways to grow food by using chemicals. If you mimic natural systems, for example with your beef cows, by moving them around in rotated pastures, not only do you get healthier cows but the grass and fertility of the soil increases.
 
2. We’ve become detached from our food and the land that grows our food:
 
"A farmer friend of mine told me recently about a busload of middle school children who came to his farm for a tour. The first two boys off the bus asked, "Where is the salsa tree?" They thought they could go pick salsa, like apples and peaches. Oh my. What do they put on SAT tests to measure this? Does anybody care? How little can a person know about food and still make educated decisions about it? Is this knowledge going to change before they enter the voting booth? Now that's a scary thought."
 
The average child hardly even realizes eggs don't come from the grocery store. Or that velveeta cheese doesn't come from a can.
 
The only true path to food security is to know where your food comes from.
 
3. It's insane how we’ve made it hard for teenagers to do meaningful work - youth is being wasted:
 
"By denying these [work] opportunities to bring value to their own lives and the community around them, we've relegated our young adults to teenage foolishness. Then as a culture we walk around shaking our heads in bewilderment at these young people with retarded maturity. Never in life do people have as much energy as in their teens, and to criminalize leveraging it is certainly one of our nation's greatest resource blunders."
 
You have to understand the seasons of life. When you're young in the spring and summer of your life, is when you should be making the major investments both in time and energy into your life's work.
 
4. We are too distracted by consumerism to do the little things that will make us happy:
 
“As a culture, we don’t cook at home. We don’t have a larder. We’re tuned in, plugged in, addicted to electronic gadgetry to the exclusion of a whippoorwill’s midsummer song or a herd of cows lying down contentedly on the leeward side of a slope, indicating a thunderstorm in the offing. Most modern Americans can’t conceive of a time without supermarkets, without refrigeration, stainless steel, plastic, bar codes, potato chips."
 
Sometimes in life you have to strip everything bare.
 
Down to the essentials. 
 
Then you'll realize only a few things really matter.
 
The rest are just mirages.
 
5. We forget where true happiness comes from:
 
"Urbanites routinely ask me, “What do you do out there on the farm? If you don’t go to a movie, don’t get takeout, don’t bar hop, don’t spend most evenings at soccer games—what on earth is there to do?” Oh, let me tell you. Each morning I step out into dew-speckled pastures, each drop a rainbow-studded diamond adorning orchardgrass, red clover, white clover, plantain, chickory—a whole salad bar bedazzled in morning’s solar glory. I have thousands of expectant animals waiting for a fresh salad bar. They love me. I love them. I love everything about this. The smell of new-mown hay. The magic of a calf sliding out in one final contractive heave from the cow, who immediately begins a gentle, throaty murmuring as she licks the calf and then pushes the wobbly baby to her engorged udder to nurse. What do you mean, “What is there to do?” What’s there not to do? This circle of life has been ongoing for a long time. Longer than supermarkets. Longer than Tyson chicken houses. Longer than iPhones and video games."
 
So it's in your best interest to get out of the city every once in a while and go camping, go hiking, go scuba diving. 
 
Find a different hobby besides playing video games and looking at your Facebook wall. 
 
Try horseback riding or growing a garden. 
 
Stop running on a treadmill breathing recycled air in a gym, take off your shoes and go run on the beach or on a dirt road through the mountains.
 
If you have kids, get them starting their own entrepreneurial venture. It's basically impossible to be too young to start.Warren Buffett started at 7. 
 
Find a local farmer or farmers’ market where you can buy local food that's in the season and that's grown without chemicals.
 
Eat chicken, pork, beef, and dairy, that was raised in its natural environment. Not just free range. That doesn't really mean anything. Animals are just like humans they need to eat "salad "– green fresh stuff. So make sure you eat food from animals that were raised out on pasture and fresh grass. 
 
I highly recommend you watch this video I just did with Joel Salatin on his farm last week.
 
I was also able to secure a special deal from Joel and the publisher on his book.
 
So today's book-of-the-day deal for you to buy straight from me is available right now.
 
And if you get it directly from my site I'm going to throw in a whole bunch of bonuses including three special videos where Joel talks about the most important chapters in the book and gives you some insider insight that he didn't put in the book.
 

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