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Protein: We only serve white meat here [Excerpt]

Protein: We only serve white meat here [Excerpt]

Editor’s note : What follows is an excerpt from Joel Salatin’s latest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal . Taken from the chapter called “We Only Serve White Meat Here,” the passage illustrates the relationship Salatin’s farm, Polyface, has with the national chain Chipotle, and takes a critical look at the “mismatch between today’s fast food industry and the local food system.” Pasture-raised chickens on Polyface Farm. (Photo by Dane Brian.) As a small farmer, I need to sell the whole animal. So does the food industry, and it’s invented ingenious ways to do that by locating a steak house on one corner and a burger joint on the other. Between the two, the whole animal gets used. But fast food, because of its volume and narrow-spectrum use, inherently creates a conundrum for local supply. Our experience with the wonderful fast food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has rea...

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