Joel Salatin is a self-described┬áChristian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. He joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, to┬ámake explain why environmentalism should not be reserved for secular liberals, but can be part of a Christian’s calling to stewardship. Salatin’s new book is “The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for all God’s Creation.”

Salatin argues against the environmentalist tendency to build fences and remove all human interaction from our resources. “Let’s build soil. Let’s purify the water. Let’s make farm and food systems,” Salatin said. “To have the kind of fear and disconnected relationship that we have is profoundly both inappropriate and ineffectual in enabling us to actually work with nature.”

The “pigness of a pig” is an object lesson in bringing glory to God’s creation. “I would suggest that a culture that doesn’t ask how to honor and respect the pigness of pigs, will quickly quit asking how to honor and respect the God-ness of God and the human-ness of humans.”