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ISBN: 9781603582193
Year Added to Catalog: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 288
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1603582193
Release Date: October 26, 2009
Web Product ID: 475

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The Raw Milk Revolution

Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights

by David E. Gumpert

Foreword by Joel Salatin

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The Food Problem

The American Prospect
Monica Potts
August 11, 2010

David Gumpert at Grist highlights one of the problems with our bifurcated food-regulation system: In the case of an organic egg producer in Massachusetts, FDA regulations are butting up against the USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, which promotes more interactions between farmers and the public. The company, Country Hen, has regularly allowed customers to visit, an important part of how they get new customers. But the farm is big enough to be affected by a new FDA regulation that requires poultry farms to limit visitors -- a policy based on the specious evidence suggesting it might control salmonella cases. So the visits have to stop.

As I wrote last month, that's one of the problems with food-safety regulations in general: they treat all producers the same. In addition, the new food-safety bill would require producers to use "science based" anti-contamination methods, which usually emphasizes the kinds of methods required to keep really large operations sterile, rather than encouraging the kind of smaller-scale productions that rely on techniques unlikely to introduce contamination in the first place.

This is a central tension in our food system: Keeping food safe requires heavy-handed regulation for the vast majority of food producers who don't do things cleanly and safely. But part of what makes our food cheap and available for everyone are these high-volume methods that risk safety. Not everyone has access to local food, and not everyone could afford the premiums organic and locally raised food demands, and it's unlikely we'll ever have a system that relies totally on these kinds of small producers. At the same time, the system will never shift at all if small producers face huge hurdles that they can't surmount, placed there to address problems they're less likely to have, anyway.

Read the whole article here.


Simple Good and Tasty

Marler vs. Gumpert: A Raw Debate About Milk

July 1, 2010

By Shari Danielson

Raw milk. In the past month, no two words have caused more controversy on Simple, Good and Tasty than these. In the wake of an E.coli outbreak that's been linked to raw milk from a small, Minnesota dairy farm, we have seen our readers line up in two distinct camps: those who can’t understand why anyone would risk drinking raw milk, and those who can’t understand why anyone would drink anything else.

I wanted to broaden the debate, to take it beyond the local story about the Hartmann Dairy farm, its customers, and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture. I wanted to know more about raw milk from the people who are considered the experts: so I e-mailed Bill Marler and David Gumpert.

Read the whole article here.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch (

Debate Over Raw Milk Grows
By Georgina Gustin

ST. LOUIS — Tim Vetter was overweight. He felt unhealthy and needed to make some changes in his life.

So he launched what he calls his "health revolution" — and found his miracle potion.

"I was about 250 pounds," Vetter says now. "Sixty pounds later, I'm pretty passionate about raw milk."

Vetter is one of millions of people who drink unpasteurized milk, believing in its power to cure everything from allergies to obesity. And he is among a growing number of raw milk converts, estimated to be as many as 3 million Americans.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that any milk sold between states be pasteurized and has long discouraged the consumption of raw milk, saying unpasteurized milk and milk products put too many people at risk of potentially deadly poisoning.

But as more people become raw milk drinkers, the battle over its merits and safety has exploded.


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Hartke Is Online!

There is a War Going On Over America’s Food, says Award Winning Journalist
By Kimberly Hartke | Published: November 19, 2009

David Gumpert Stresses “We Must Seek to Understand those who Oppose Raw Milk”

The keynote speaker at the recent International Wise Traditions 2009 Conference, held in the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois, was David Gumpert, journalist and creator of The Complete Patient blog.

David writes for Business Week, major daily newspapers and is an award winning author. His brand new book, Raw Milk Revolution—the Emerging Battle over America’s Food Rights was the topic of his address to 1300 attendees of the conference. He travels the country interviewing regulators, farmers and raw milk aficionados, and has spent the last year of his life writing this book.

He soberly told us that all the farms that the work of Sally Fallon Morell and her Weston A. Price Foundation members have saved, are now under attack.

What follows is his speech [my comments in brackets]:

Following this raw milk story…it was as if I was in two different worlds.–David Gumpert

“First, there is “this world” [referring to those of us in the ballroom], of people who welcome and respect nutrient dense foods. Then there is the other world, those who disparage nutrient dense foods. The only problem is, they are medical, public health and government health and agricultural regulators, who are very powerful people.”

“It is essential to know the mind of your enemy. Get inside their mind, gain insights into what is really going on. Learn their attitudes, approaches. What are they thinking?”

“Many regulators grew up drinking raw milk. Bill Chirdon [a Pennsylvania Dairy regulator] and even Bill Marler [trial attorney specializing in foodborne illness cases] grew up on raw milk. If raw milk was good enough for them, why don’t they think it is good enough for us?”

“The gulf between these two sides, was evident in my extended conversation with a public health official. Regulators are private, they like to do their work out of the public view. Kind of like police, they want to be out of public view so they can be as strict or lax as they want. He talked about the pros and cons of raw milk with me, he finally said, It might be alright for adults, but our real concern is about the children.”

“I told him of the studies that raw milk helps with asthma, allergies, even autism. The regulators response is, ‘why don’t parents just buy medication for the child, why does it have to be raw milk?’”

“I originally assumed that regulators did their “crack downs” out of a sense of duty. But, I found that they truly believe in what they are doing. In 2006,Lewis Jones, of the Ohio Dept of Ag, was going after a number of small dairies. Consumer affidavits showed they were not sure they were sickened by raw milk. When confronted with this Jones said, ‘Raw milk drinkers will never admit they got sick on raw milk.’”

“This same regulator said he would never take the risk of giving his son raw milk to help with his autism. If medical science couldn’t help his son, there was nothing else that could be done, was the impression the conversation left me with.”

Read the whole article here.


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