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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.


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

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New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd. Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter […] Read More

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More
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