Marler for the cause: We've been enjoying the blog of personal-injury lawyer Bill Marler, aka the E. Coli Avenger, right up until when he started talking about raw milk as if it were a weak antelope falling behind the rest of the herd. (By the way, Mr. Marler, downloading and posting the Ethicurean's photo of Organic Pastures raw milk without attribution is in violation of our Creative Commons license. Tsk, tsk.) First he suggests that the lawsuit might have to do with how raw milk sells for $6 per gallon more than pasteurized milk. Hmm. Could it be that it costs so much more because raw-milk dairies (in California at least) raise their animals on pasture, without milk-stimulating growth hormones, and have to bend over backwards to ensure hygienic facilities, unlike those who can just nuke their milk and kill everything in it? Having posted a few days ago on illness outbreaks in pasteurized milk, Marler should know that risk exists regardless.
Let's ban pasteurized milk: Reporter/blogger David Gumpert looks at the difference in the state's response to the listeria found in the pasteurized milk of Whittier Farms, a small high-quality operation in Massachusetts, that killed two men and caused a miscarriage, compared to its swift handling of any raw-milk suspects. (The Complete Patient)
Defending organic's integrity: Elaine's list of the top organic stories, events and trends of 2007 is a smart one, with a some sage words of advice. Under No. 7: "a war of words about what organic is supposed to mean has been centered on dairy, but it's gone far beyond that too, leaving too many people thinking that organic doesn't mean anything. The organic community must elevate its dialogue about this issue above its destructive tone." (Organic Confidential)
A two-prawned strategy: What it means that Oregon's pink shrimp fishery has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. (WorldChanging)
Once there were parking lots…: Great photos of how farmland could be integrated into blighted urban settings, from the "Urban Voids: Grounds for Change" competition in 2006. (TreeHugger)