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Seattle creating massive edible forest filled with free food

Now here’s some good news, for a change. From Jill Ettinger, at Organic Authority.com:

“Taking the urban garden to the next level, Seattle, Washington has officially broken ground on a dedicated seven acre area of city land set to be converted into an “edible forest” that will produce free food for the city’s residents and visitors, human or otherwise.

According to the Beacon Food Forest’s website, the project’s mission is “to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.” The perennial permaculture forest project, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., will eventually be self-sustaining, much like the way a forest in nature works. Creating the self-sustaining environment is reliant upon the types of soil, insect life and companion plants placed strategically within the environment. Continue reading


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FDA attacks Estrella Family Creamery near Seattle with another Morningside Dairy style raid

From the farm’s website:

Estrella Family photo from 2006. Via Augie's Journal of Natural Food and Healing.

“Last night at about 5:30 three cars pulled into the yard with FDA and Federal Marshals, alarming our kids. They posted a seizure order that named all cheeses on the property.  This is serious, it could put us out of business. Continue reading


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Lawyer Bill Marler tells National Public Radio “Raw milk not necessarily safer”

Here’s an excerpt from that interview, from the Marler Blog:

Mashup of Bill Marler's blog header with the NPR logo

“Bill Marler is a Seattle-based lawyer who specializes in cases of food-borne illness. He’s also the founder of a nonprofit consulting firm that teaches food companies how to make their food safer. He doesn’t blame raw foodists for wanting natural foods, but he disagrees that they’re safer.

The bugs that exist today aren’t the same as they were 50 years ago, he says. “It’s a different world, and you have to pay attention, especially for young children.” Continue reading


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Heckled at Raw Milk Symposium — Amanda Rose reads the entrails

Amanda Rose was the sole consumer representative invited to be a presenter and panel member at the recent American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Raw Milk Symposium in Seattle. The AVMA folks also asked her to prepare a survey of consumer attitudes to present at the Symposium. This is an excerpt from her retrospective on the experience. Thanks to Matti for the link!

Dr. Amanda Rose addresses the AVMA Raw Milk Symposium. Photo by David E. Gumpert, from the Complete Patient blog.

Dr. Amanda Rose addresses the American Veterinary Medical Association Raw Milk Symposium in Seattle. Photo by David E. Gumpert, from the Complete Patient blog.

First, an abstract from Amanda’s presentation: “Raw milk advocates cite the regulatory restrictions across the country as impeding the right of consumers to choose raw milk. However, this limitation on consumer behavior would be better defined as an issue of “free access.”

“Choice” is a psychological process whereby consumers decide to consume raw milk over some other food product. This paper makes the distinction between “access” and “choice” where “access” is the structural barrier to the purchase of raw milk, structures typically built by government regulators. Continue reading

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