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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...

Some good news from California on raw milk — and genetically modified crops

Raw, raw, raw milk!: Hundreds of people showed up in Sacramento Wednesday to support the rolling back or amending of AB 1735, the sneaky amendment to the California code that would likely have put the state's two raw-milk suppliers out of business. Most encouragingly, the Assembly Agriculture Committee...

Calling all Californians who believe in our right to real food

On Wednesday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the State Capitol Building, the California state legislature will consider reversing — or at least amending — AB 1735. (That's the sneaky Oct. 8 change to California's Food and Agricultural Code that would basically shut down the production...

Digest – News: WA pushes farm-to-table for schools, CA to preserve raw milk, VA to help farmers earn more income

Growing back to school: Proposed legislation would put Washington State at the forefront of efforts to get more farm-fresh, locally grown food into lunches at schools and at other institutions — but there are many, many hurdles to be overcome, not least of which is defining "local." (Seattle...

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 – Blogs: Blogfights breaking out all over the place

The Raw-Milk Defender vs. the E. Coli Avenger : Reporter-blogger David Gumpert comes out swinging, writing, "Gee, I’ll go to bed tonight feeling a lot more secure that food poisoning lawyer Bill Marler is out there protecting my loved ones and me." Mr. Bill calls him "pathetic and...

Digest – News: Complaints about Clinton campaigner in Iowa

The other white heat: Small-farm advocates and small farmers are questioning Hillary Clinton's choice of Joy Philippi, past president of the National Pork Producers Council, to run her rural campaign. Philippi has hedged on whether she supports local control over CAFOs (Clinton's sop to rural Iowans,...

Digest – Blogs: Lawyer eyes raw milk wars, reporter eyes pasteurized milk outbreak

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...

Digest – News: EU ponders Bt corn, California raw-milk battle, USDA shills for Monsanto

To Bt or not Bt: A look at what's at stake as the European Union comes under pressure from the U.S. and the WTO to open its markets to genetically modified, herbicide rsistant Bt corn. There, so far, the precautionary principle has applied, and politicians have listened to those who urge caution, noting...

Digest – News: Atrazine contamination widespread, testing hogs for MRSA, raw milk sickness in Kansas

Dr. Fox, how is our Patient Chicken doing?: Atrazine, the second most widely used weedkiller in the country — which happens to cause sexual mutations in frogs, among other delightful side effects — is showing up in some streams and rivers at levels high enough to potentially harm their...

Chewin’ in Charleston

Noshette and I went down south to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend a wedding of an old childhood friend of hers and we did a little bit of Ethicureanating while we were there. (once the word Ethicurean gets an entry in the dictionary, we'll have to figure out how to conjugate it.) A quick bit of...

Cheese Baby visits the Estrella Family Creamery

From our Seattle correspondent Jenni P.: Anthony Estrella calls my daughter the Cheese Baby, and since she’s been old enough to talk she’s called him the Cheese Man. We’ve been buying cheese from Anthony at Seattle farmers markets for the past couple of years. Every week we take home a...

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