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  •  Guess what? (9+ / 0-)

    For instance, according to Michael Pollan, it is illegal to slaughter animals on the land where they are raised.

    That's just plain bullshit. All my cattle and hogs are slaughtered right on my place. One hundred percent legal and in compliance with all regulations.

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 04:04:11 PM PST

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    •  Maybe that's not exactly what the regulation is (3+ / 0-)
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      But in the part of Omnivore's Dilemma where he talks to Joel Salatin, Salatin says that for some reason or another the only meat he can slaughter on his property is chicken, and that's in limited quantities.

      •  Well then, be specific (7+ / 0-)

        You're talking about one guy, in one particular situation, in one state, with one specific set of regulations that might not apply anywhere else. And you're generalizing from that.

        And it's just plain wrong. It's Salatin's bad luck to live in Virginia. Where I live in WA, I can have -- and have had -- all my cattle, hogs, and sheep field butchered right here on my place if I sell whole carcasses direct to the consumer, all regulated by the state. USDA-inspected mobile slaughter units are coming online for farmers or ranchers who want to sell meat by the cut, or to stores or restaurants.

        I can't speak for Pollan. I have little to no need to read anything he writes. But I'm guessing that he is aware of the state-by-state distinction, and that you just drew an incorrect conclusion from what you read.

        "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

        by Ivan on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 05:02:27 PM PST

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        •  Honestly, I don't know (5+ / 0-)
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          what the specific regulation is.  I read the book about a year ago.  But that was one example of the potential bad consequences of regulation.  I remembered it because Salatin is a famous libertarian and beyond organic farmer who often complains about how regulation limits his business.

          •  I don't disagree with Salatin (4+ / 0-)
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            But regulations differ from state to state, and what applies to his situation doesn't apply to all situations, as you appeared to be saying. OK?

            "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

            by Ivan on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 06:19:21 PM PST

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