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Mad Sheep and Crashing the Gate on DailyKos
Posted By dpacheco On August 25, 2008 @ 5:46 pm In Politics & Social Justice | No Comments
Jill Richardson over at  Daily Kos (also known as  OrangeClouds115) had some nice things to say about  Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics and  Mad Sheep: The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm today:
… What’s the one book every Kossack must read?
Is it fair to say  Crashing the Gate? If we’re talking about food-related books, I’d say The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. But I think Crashing the Gate is the most relevant to all of us, even those who don’t give a rat’s ass about food, and it’s the best statement on what we’re really doing here and what direction we need to move in.
You recently took the USDA to task in a column  published on AlterNet. What grade would you give the USDA under President Bush?
The USDA hasn’t gotten its own Grade A rating for many decades now. It’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. Yes, they get a big fat F under Bush (as do most other agencies… FEMA, I’m talking to you) but that doesn’t mean they were better under Clinton. There’s a fantastic book called  Mad Sheep by a woman named  Linda Faillace. Under the Clinton USDA, her family worked with the government to legally import European sheep. It was a brilliant business venture because European sheep breeds can produce 10 to 25 times more milk than American ones and Americans import a lot of sheep’s milk cheese from overseas. Once her family had the sheep, the USDA got some heat about mad cow and they decided to take it out on the Faillace family, claiming their sheep had mad cow disease and needed to be destroyed. The government did over 400 negative tests for mad cow on the sheep until they were finally able to come up with a false positive or two using some year-old freezer-burned sheep brains and an invalid testing method in a later discredited lab. It was Bush’s USDA that finally took the sheep and murdered them because the fight lasted beyond the Clinton administration, but Clinton’s USDA was just as bad in that story….
And her personal blog has a great name:  La Vida Locavore. Thanks for the shout-out, Jill!
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URLs in this post:
 Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/25/71936/1903/323/574276
 OrangeClouds115): http://orangeclouds115.dailykos.com/
 Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/crashing_the_gate:hardcover
 Mad Sheep: The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/mad_sheep:hardcover
 Crashing the Gate: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/crashing_the_gate:hardcover
 published on AlterNet: http://www.alternet.org/environment/94146/is_your_organic_food_really_organic/
 Mad Sheep: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/mad_sheep:hardcover
 Linda Faillace: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/linda_faillace
 La Vida Locavore: http://www.lavidalocavore.org/
 Read the full Q&A here.: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/25/71936/1903/323/574276