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Foodies are the new environmentalists

Time Magazine on how the foodies have picked up the baton from the largely failed environmental movement:

“…..Even as traditional environmentalism struggles, another movement is rising in its place, aligning consumers, producers, the media and even politicians. It’s the food movement, and if it continues to grow it may be able to create just the sort of political and social transformation that environmentalists have failed to achieve in recent years.

That would mean not only changing the way Americans eat and the way they farm — away from industrialized, cheap calories and toward more organic, small-scale production, with plenty of fruits and vegetables — but also altering the way we work and relate to one another. To its most ardent adherents, the food movement isn’t just about reform — it’s about revolution. Continue reading

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Backstage at the Boston demonstration

This is David E. Gumpert’s report on the different response by different previous-allied groups, to an apparent attempt at derailment by MDAR officials. An excerpt from David’s latest on “The Complete Patient blog”:

“It’s taken me a little longer than I expected to recover from the Massachusetts raw milk protest festivities on Monday. I’ve never been involved in organizing a protest. Not that I did a lot of the heavy lifting, but the amount of detail required to put something like that together was pretty amazing. Signs, police permits (a day-and-a-half of one person’s time), arranging for the presence of the Jersey cow Suzanne, police permit for Suzanne, arranging for Suzanne’s poop to be cleaned up, etc., etc.

But I must confess, and confess is probably the right word, the toughest part of the entire affair was dealing with internal wrangling. I had heard talk of internal divisions in connection with the Wisconsin campaign for a law to allow farm sales of raw milk–some farmers opting out of certain demonstrations when it didn’t suit their own interests–but this past weekend, I got my own personal exposure to the realities of what can happen when divisions crop up. Continue reading

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Toronto foodie reflects on the recent Michael Schmidt/raw milk verdict

This is an excerpt from Angela Hersey’s latest post on her “Mentionable Edibles” blog:

National Post photo of Michael Schmidt toasting to victory outside the court.

“I admit, the skeptic deep down got the better of me. Luckily, I was proven wrong, and my faith in justice has rung true once again.

Michael Schmidt, the Ontario farmer who got in trouble for distributing raw milk to cow shareholders was acquitted of the charges last Friday. The National Post did a great bit on it: Continue reading

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David E. Gumpert asks: “Is the Obama administration about to eat the foodies’ lunch?”

This article by David E. Gumpert, from  from Grist.org, is the most accessible introduction we’ve yet seen to the issues raised by the current U.S. food safety legislation (S-510 etc.). Here’s an excerpt:

Foodies are a growing demographic. See pic credit at bottom

“These are heady times for foodies—you know, the people who love farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSAs), and hate Big Ag. They’ve turned the documentary movies “Food Inc.” and “Fresh!” into big hits. And they’ve turned “Slow food” into a generic term (there actually is an organization by that name that boasts more than 100,000 members in 132 countries).

A seeming army of foodie bloggers (of which I am one) sees the hand of Big Ag’s pesticides and feedlot practices (Monsanto, Con Ag, Tyson, etc.) in the explosive growth of chronic disease, and genetically modified food. It’s a neat good-guy/bad-guy scenario, with only one wild card: Is the U.S. government with or against the foodies? Continue reading

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Black Market for farm fresh contraband

“What the right hook up can get you” — Macleans.ca takes a close look a the post-modern reality that the best food available is often only available to the cognoscenti with the right black-market connections. The rest of us can pretend that supermarket fare is good enough. So here are a few secrets of how those in the know shop for duck eggs, raw-milk cream and summer sausage on the foodie black market in Toronto:

Picture from Macleans.ca

Picture from Macleans.ca

“…..A desire to buy directly from growers and connect more with what we eat has foodies searching for hard-to-find delectables—even if, or perhaps especially if, they haven’t been inspected by the authorities and are technically illegal. The right social network is indispensable and, for some, may be part of the thrill. Those with friends in the right places can buy unpasteurized milk on Vancouver Island. There is at least one hidden on-farm store in Ontario that people in the know can access. And some vendors at farmers’ markets will sell you more than just fresh carrots and lettuce; an Ontario market manager has seen eggs, sausages and even raw sheep’s milk change hands under the table. Especially prized are eggs straight from the coop—that is, not transported en masse to a provincially-run facility where they are washed, inspected and graded before being trucked to the store. Continue reading

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