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ISBN: 9781603584043
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 280
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Web Product ID: 727

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights

The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat

by David E. Gumpert

Foreword by Joel Salatin

An issue this important should have its own revolutionary flag. The image would show a farmer and a neighbor exchanging food above the classic motto 'Don't tread on me.' This is a revolution that needs to happen. What could be more important to all of us than control over the quality of food we put in our bodies?

Eliot Coleman, author of The Winter Harvest Handbook, Four-Season Harvest, and The New Organic Grower

Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is excessively processed, tainted with antibiotic residues and hormones, and lacking in important nutrients. These people, a million or more, are seeking foods outside the regulatory system, like raw milk, custom-slaughtered beef, and pastured eggs from chickens raised without soy, purchased directly from private membership-only food clubs that contract with Amish and other farmers.

Public-health and agriculture regulators, however, say no: Americans have no inherent right to eat what they want. In today's ever-more-dangerous food-safety environment, they argue, all food, no matter the source, must be closely regulated, and even barred, if it fails to meet certain standards. These regulators, headed up by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with help from state agriculture departments, police, and district-attorney detectives, are mounting intense and sophisticated investigative campaigns against farms and food clubs supplying privately exchanged food—even handcuffing and hauling off to jail, under threat of lengthy prison terms, those deemed in violation of food laws.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights takes readers on a disturbing cross-country journey from Maine to California through a netherworld of Amish farmers paying big fees to questionable advisers to avoid the quagmire of America’s legal system, secret food police lurking in vans at farmers markets, cultish activists preaching the benefits of pathogens, U.S. Justice Department lawyers clashing with local sheriffs, small Maine towns passing ordinances to ban regulation, and suburban moms worried enough about the dangers of supermarket food that they’ll risk fines and jail to feed their children unprocessed, and unregulated, foods of their choosing.

Out of the intensity of this unprecedented crackdown, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it, a new rallying cry for food rights is emerging.


About the Author

David E. Gumpert

David E. Gumpert has become a nationally recognized writer and authority on the intersection of food, health, and business by virtue of his widely acclaimed book The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, as well as his provocative and popular blog, The Complete Patient (www.thecompletepatient.com) and his many articles on Grist.org and The Huffington Post about food rights. The credibility gained through his writing has earned him behind-the-scenes access to key participants and vast government documentation of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights. He has brought his considerable investigative and journalistic experience (former ...

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