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Organic dairy pioneer Albert Straus at the Commonwealth Club

If I made a list of the pioneers of the modern sustainable food movement in Northern California, Straus Family Creamery would be one of the first names I would add. For decades, the family dairy farm has been trying new approaches to reduce the environmental impact of their farm while also improving the...

Digest – News: So Monsanto, going to take on Wal-Mart? Meanwhile, raw milk’s losing

It ain't over until the biotech giant screams: Wal-Mart says its private-label milk will be produced with no artificial growth hormones, aka Monsanto's rBST drug Posilac. (Globe and Mail) Related: Kroger wants to be able to tell consumers in its more than 3,200 groceries and convenience stores that its milk...

A delicious way to network: baked custard

Of all of the alliances between egg and dairy, custard is one of the most interesting to me. Silky in texture, elegant in flavor, acceptable to tastes ranging from unadventurous children to the most discerning adult, it's a perfect way to enjoy the eggs and milk you worked so hard to source from SOLE...

Digest – Commentary: Mileage counts, Stonyfield rock-throwing

Food miles per gallon: Anthony Flaccavento, director of Appalachian Sustainable Development, argues persuasively against the anti-locavore hypothesis that shipping food in tractor-trailers is more efficient than local food transactions. (Washington Post) New front in the milk wars: Organic dairy farmers are...

Digest – Features: Raw-milk wars, young beekeeper, transgenic pigs

Please, wouldja stop saving us from ourselves?: David Gumpert details the jawdropping harassment tactics that New York and California state officials are using on small raw-milk dairies, including pouring bleach on their products. This despite the fact that a FOIA request from the US Centers for Disease...

Digest – Blogs: Biotech & veggie protectionism, revenge of spent cows

Magi-non! line: Biotech seed producers are sick of France's pesky anti-GMO firebugs, so they're moving to friendlier climes in the Midwest and Brazil. The only problem with Andrew Leonard's funny headline — "Give us your poor, your tired, your genetic modification experiments" — is...

Digest – News: Farm Bill deals, Utah milk labeling, dairy-cow Crohn’s connection

The Ethicureans were assisted in these posts by Leslie, on loan from the Eat Well Guide, and Jack of Fork & Bottle (who was not responsible for any typos you may find). If you only read one Farm Bill status report…: It should this one by Caroline Lochhead. The lede says it all: "As Sens....

Digest – Commentary: Local adversaries, calling out Monsanto, ‘toon time

Our "free market" is bullshit: An eye-opening op-ed by a Midwestern farmer about what happened when, unable to meet demand, he leased acreage on a corn farm to grow fruits and vegetables. (New York Times; thanks Sam — for many reasons) It's not for our own good: Kansas City Star columnist...

Postcard from the World Ag Expo

Last week marked the largest proportion of climate change naysayers gathered in one place since Dick Cheney walked into an empty room. Volunteers at the entrance to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, screened people as they presented their ticket. “Do you believe in global warming?”...

An open letter to Monsanto

Oh, Monsanto. Just look at you. You've got your knit cap pulled down tight over your crew cut, and your stomach is sticking out beneath your skull-and-crossbones T-shirt. Your face is riddled with acne, and your eyes are all hard and mean. You've been left back a few grades now — summer school doesn't...

Kansas Legislature joins list of those who prefer consumers stay ignorant

Members of the Kansas Legislature have joined the esteemed lawmakers or regulators in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio who want to spare their citizens the challenge of too much information. Specifically, they want to keep consumers ignorant of whether the milk they’re drinking comes from cows not dosed...

Non-total recall: The USDA’s lack of authority

A line of 7,500 trucks stretching 85 miles. That's what it would take to haul the nearly 300 million pounds of meat and poultry products that were recalled between January 1, 1994, and November 30, 2007, in 773 separate incidents. These eye-popping numbers come from the appendix of a Congressional Research...

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