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The “civil rights” of the 21st century?

A copy of David’s latest food rights “digest” as it arrived a couple days ago.

Just received David E. Gumpert’s latest book a couple of days ago. It had been back ordered at Amazon for a few weeks. And while it was a little mangled in transit, all the words seem to be intact.

Back in 2006, Michael Schmidt’s first lawyer Clayton Ruby told him that the legal battle over things like raw milk and food rights will be won and lost in the court of public opinion. And that’s exactly why work like David is doing is so important. Continue reading

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Treating raw milk farmers like whistle blowers in restricting court speech

The prosecutorial crackdown on raw milk in both Canada and the United States doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s part of a larger political context. For example, it’s sometime jarring to see echoes of raw milk trials in reports of such high profile cases as that of Bradley Manning, who is charged in connection with the release of sensitive material to Wikileaks. Reading Chris Hedges account of the legal maneuvering that went into setting the stage for Mannings trial triggered flashbacks of what went down for Vernon Herschberger in Wisconsin recently. Here’s a snippet of Manning’s story, from Truthdig.com:

“FORT MEADE, Md.—The military trial of Bradley Manning is a judicial lynching. The government has effectively muzzled the defense team. The Army private first class is not permitted to argue that he had a moral and legal obligation under international law to make public the war crimes he uncovered. The documents that detail the crimes, torture and killing Manning revealed, because they are classified, have been barred from discussion in court, effectively removing the fundamental issue of war crimes from the trial. Continue reading

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Uncovering the dark side of soy

From Mary Vance Terrain in the Utne Reader:

Origins of the name "Vegan". From the internets.

As someone who is conscious of her health, I spent 13 years cultivating a vegetarian diet. I took time to plan and balance meals that included products such as soy milk, soy yogurt, tofu, and Chick’n patties. I pored over labels looking for words I couldn’t pronounce–occasionally one or two would pop up. Soy protein isolate? Great! They’ve isolated the protein from the soybean to make it more concentrated. Hydrolyzed soy protein? I never successfully rationalized that one, but I wasn’t too worried. After all, in 1999 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labeling I found on nearly every soy product I purchased: ‘Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.’ Soy ingredients weren’t only safe–they were beneficial.

After years of consuming various forms of soy nearly every day, I felt reasonably fit, but somewhere along the line I’d stopped menstruating. I couldn’t figure out why my stomach became so upset after I ate edamame or why I was often moody and bloated. It didn’t occur to me at the time to question soy, heart protector and miracle food. Continue reading

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