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California raw milk update: A new commission, instead of a reversal

The hopes of more than 700 California raw-milk supporters following last week's seeming victory in Sacramento were dashed today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The issue of raw-milk safety and California bacteria standards — instead of being revoked — will now be taken up by a...

More Midwest Battles in Milk Labeling: Indiana

  Indiana joined Pennsylvania and Ohio this week in an effort to ban the use of growth hormone-related labels on milk sold in the state. The Indiana House Committee passed HB 1300, a bill which would ban the use of “compositional” and “production-related” claims about milk. If...

Digest – Clones as Food special edition

This is a special edition of the Digest devoted to reactions to the Food and Drug Administration's determination that clones and their milk are safe for consumption. Rick Weiss reports on the USDA's request for a "voluntary moratorium" on selling clones to allow consumers to adjust to the idea...

Go goat: Finding goat dairy products

Peek in our fridge and you'll find goat milk, goat butter, and a variety of goat cheeses -- my daughter is allergic to casein (one of milk's proteins) and I'm sensitive to lactose (its sugar). Goat milk, like cow milk, has both, but in a structure and an amount that makes it easier for our overly sensitive...

Digest – Features: Food in ’08, immigration ideals, NPR on hormone-free labeling

Dietgeist predictions around the media: The Philadelphia Inquirer sees more "local, fresh, natural, organic" offerings on our horizon (although we shudder to think we might be getting them from convenience stores); "eco-friendly" and "farmers" (the "new food stars")...

Digest – News: PA still mulling “rBST-free” labels, USDA admits impotence, will flu make pigs fly?

Organic milk sales to skyrocket in Pennsylvania: That's the only silver lining in the news that as of Feb. 1, Pennsylvanian consumers won't be able to tell the difference between milk from farms that inject their cows with rBST and that from those that don't — unless the governor blocks the move by...

Digest – Commentary: Philpott on cheap-food schadenfreude, rBST booster, make our own damn Farm Bill

Because those who can't do, teach?: "If the end of cheap oil has so far been a bust for the environment, can the end of cheap food do any better?" asks Tom Philpott, who goes on to argue that pricier food probably won't equal more conscious consumption, lower obesity rates, or better environmental...

Digest – News: Congress gets SOLE (nice timing!), salmon problems, milk labeling scandal

O how we (heart) thou, Carolyn Lochhead: Under the cheery headline "Pelosi Leads the House to Go Organic in its Cafeterias," the Chronicle's Farm Bill reporter leads with a punch in the gut — "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have left her progressive instincts at the barn door when she...

Digest – News: Answer to Alice Waters mystery, Farm Bill stalls again, avian flu back in UK

Umbrellas up, chickens — there's a deluge of catch-up links since last weekend's Digesting. O how we hate it when the RSS-feed headlines top 4,000. Alice on the Ameya Preserve: In a Wall Street Journal story titled "Politically Correct Developments: Montana Project Raises Ante for PC...

Digest – Features: Farmers, dairymen protest govt crackdowns; rare farm-animal breeds; superbugs coming

Note: So many good features since Sunday that we've had to stash half of them after the jump. Rebels with a cause: This kick-ass feature from the Charlottesville weekly C-Ville looks at the government crackdown on farmer Richard Bean of Double H, who was selling uninspected pork at a Virginia farmers...

Digest – News: Another day, another million pounds of beef recalled

Gazillionth recall + question for readers: Cargill is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef after a USDA test found E. coli. The meat was distributed to retailers across the country, including Giant, ShopRite, Wegmans and Weis. Now a reader poll: How many of you buy factory ground beef and...

Digest – Blogs: The war on raw milk, providing a social oasis in a food desert

“It’s like an undeclared war”: David Gumpert talks to Pete Kennedy, a Weston A. Price Foundation lawyer who's in the middle of many of the state and federal cases involving raw milk, about why the government is sooo concerned for the safety of a few "oddballs." (The Complete...

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