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The Case for Food Rights: David Gumpert featured on Grist and NPR’s Living on Earth

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution, Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, argues on Grist that the courts should break with another major taboo: restrictions on our access to food, most notably, raw milk. The Farm-to Consumer Legal Defense Fund is facing off with the FDA over their repeated attempts to restrict consumers access to raw milk, a product many believe to have important and unique health benefits. The FCLDF is arguing on the basis of civil rights, not merely on the basis of consumer preference. This frames the raw milk debate in more meaningful terms for those seeking policy changes. Gumpert was also interviewed for a recent episode of Living on Earth that focused on a recent rally in Boston where fans of raw milk staged a “drink-in” on the Common, with Suzanne the cow providing the beverages. Check out David’s book here. Read the full Grist article here. Listen to Living on Earth here.


Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking

Get ready to change the way you look at cheese. David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow and call for the […] Read More..

Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..