From 3 Wheeled Cheese blog:
A campaign to flood U.S. and Canadian lawmakers with letters of support for a Canadian farmer who was convicted on charges connected with selling raw milk products has spread to Michigan.
Sample letters, contact addresses, and background of the case were re-posted this morning in EatLocalSWMich, a Kalamazoo-area online for people interested in local foods.
According to the website organizing the letter-writing campaign: Continue reading
From 3 Wheeled Cheese blog:
Challenging the FDA on interstate transport of raw milk
“In less than two weeks, a caravan of raw milk lovers headed by a group of mothers will transport the taboo food from Pennsylvania into Maryland, and stage a “drink-in” in front of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring. And some of the biggest names in the health freedom movement will be there to offer support and speak publicly about important health freedom issues. Continue reading
“Like everyone who traveled to get to the event in Bra, Italy, I came with an empty bag, which was stuffed with heavy blocks of cheese when I left.”
Good people, good cheese... Slow Food in Italy. Photo via The Atlantic
From Corby Kummer at The Atlantic, via 3 Wheeled Cheese blog:
“Last week, while the rest of the food world was speculating over who should replace the great Sam Sifton as he ascends inexorably to editor-ship of the New York Times, the trajectory I’ve long considered appropriate for former food critics (I’ve got my own favorite for his successor, but I’m hoping, not telling), I was on a semi-annual gig teaching writing at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Science’s master’s program. I also got to stay on for two days to sample the endless varieties of cheese at Slow Food’s event called, simply,Cheese, which for four days every two years turns the center of its founding city, Bra, into a day-and-night festival that brings back not just former university students but the world’s big-cheese cheeses (surely I’m the first to think of that). If you’re anywhere near Turin, Italy, today, head over! The revelry went on past midnight during the two days I got to be there. Writing and cheese, naturally, were on my mind — and in my bags coming home. Continue reading
From the 3 Wheeled Cheese blog:
“Slow Food has been fighting for the rights of consumers to buy raw milk and the rights of cheesemakers to make cheese from raw milk for almost two decades, and its biennial event, Cheese, has long been a forum for publicizing the issue. This year Cheese 2011 sees the launch of a new Slow Food campaign site for raw milk, www.slowfood.com/rawmilk. As part of the campaign, an international panel of cheesemakers, experts and cheesemongers came together today to share their experiences and describe the situation in their own countries. Continue reading
From the “3 Wheeled Cheese” blog:
Image via 3 Wheeled Cheese blog
“Sometimes you just have to shake your head in wonder at the FDA’s bureaucrats. The New York Times and even the Valley News have recently run articles describing the controversy over the use of raw milk by artisanal cheesemakers, many of whom work in New Hampshire and Vermont. Today raw milk may legally only be used in the U.S. in the production of cheeses that are aged at least 60 days before being sold. The current debate asks if this time limit should be lengthened or the use of raw milk banned entirely.
There is no question that cheeses made in unsanitary conditions with raw or pasteurized milk that has been unsanitarily produced can carry salmonella, listeria and e-coli bacteria. However, the same is true, according to various USDA web sites, of “any raw food of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, … eggs, seafood, and some fruits and vegetables.” The core issue is sanitation, not the use of raw milk itself. Continue reading
Like the choices in the post linked to below, these selections are bound to be biased by what we look for in a blog. Sorry if we’ve overlooked your blog through our narrowsightedness. Obviously a list of six favourite blogs is not going to be anywhere near exhaustive of all the great food blogs out there. See our blogroll for all the blogs we consider worth including. Readers are invited to add their own suggestions of favourite food blogs in the comments:
1. The Complete Patient — No one covers the raw milk food politics beat as thoroughly as David E. Gumpert. Original material, first rate journalism, and insight born of persistence and hard won familiarity with the game, and the players, in raw milk and food rights, in North America.
2. Hella Delicious Food — provides great coverage of the British Columbia raw milk scene as well as other enlightening food related stories. The author has lived in a lot of places and has the perspective to show for it. She brings a lot of spiritual and cultural insight into her writing. Hella’s blog also gets top marks for graphic design and interactive functionality. Continue reading
Photo via the "3 Wheeled Cheese" story excerpted below.
“The proposal to ban unpasteurised cow’s milk is due to a lack of understanding of its myriad benefits.
IN IRELAND, we produce the best milk in the world, along with the best farmhouse cheeses and, of course, the best beef.
And our bureaucratic scientists want to stop us enjoying that good milk, the mother’s milk of the land.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has proposed that the sale of unpasteurised milk should be banned completely. It does not favour regulation, it favours a total ban. Continue reading