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Ask Chelsea Green: What can I do to fight the USDA’s ban on “mad cow” testing?

From time to time here at Chelsea Green, we get questions in our mailboxes from readers of our books or our blog. Sometimes, I admit, we don’t know the answers. So, instead of returning a polite “Uh…I dunno,” or commiserating with Google for a few hours, I figure we would be better off asking the Chelsea Green community for help. This is the first question in the Ask Chelsea Green series. It comes from Maureen. Thanks for the question, Maureen!
I recently read Linda Faillace’s article about the ruling against Creekstone Farms in favor of the USDA.  The idea that a farm would be unable to test its beef at its own cost is totally absurd and outrageous.  I’m writing to see if there is anything I could do as a consumer?  Any place to write or call to express our outrage? Thanks for the great articles, Maureen
Is anyone out there writing to the USDA? Any particular products we should be protesting? What are you doing to protest the USDA’s unbelievable decisions? Let us know by posting your strategies below.


Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More

Skills: The Gateway to True Homesteading Freedom

There are numerous skills that a homesteader needs to use on any given day; some are learned and others are passed down from homesteader to homesteader.In this excerpt from The Nourishing Homestead, author Ben Hewitt talks about why these skills are important to pass down to each generation, perhaps even if you’re not a hardcore […] Read More
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