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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.


Tips on No-Till Farming and Cover Crops

In the below Q&A, author and permaculture designer Shawn Jadrnicek answers questions about no-till farming and the use of cover crops from two readers (one from North Carolina, and the other from Nova Scotia). In his groundbreaking book, The Bio-Integrated Farm, Jadrnicek provides in-depth information on water flow management along with projects that use the free forces of nature—gravity, […] Read More

Reimagining Restoration as a Radical Act

Finding ways to manage “invasive” species as we’ve come to know them has sparked a vigorous debate within conservation and restoration communities, as well as farmers, gardeners, and permaculturalists.In her thought-provoking book Beyond the War on Invasive Species, author Tao Orion urges us to rethink and reimagine restoration as a way to break out of […] Read More

What Can Wisteria Do For Your Forest Garden?

Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in Basalt, Colorado, is one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers and author of the new groundbreaking book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse. Part case-study of CRMPI’s innovative greenhouses and part how-to primer, Osentowski’s book shows that bringing the forest garden indoors is possible, even on […] Read More

Tips on Perennial Crops with Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables, Paradise Lot, and most recently The Carbon Farming Solution—a groundbreaking new book that treats agriculture as an important part of the climate change solution, rather than a global contributor to the problem. As part of our “Ask the Expert” series going on throughout the month of May to celebrate […] Read More

How to Design Swales for Optimum Water Flow

May has arrived! The birds are chirping, flowers are budding, and it’s time to officially celebrate Permaculture Month.Throughout the next few weeks, we are putting our pioneering permaculture authors to work for you in our “Ask the Experts” series. If you are looking to become a better permaculturalist, there’s still time to participate. Submit your questions here.Today’s topic is […] Read More
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