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The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights Paperback – November 6, 2009
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"David Gumpert has chronicled the Raw Milk War with insight and humor. He provides an important record of systematic government bias against Nature's perfect food. Must reading for raw milk fans and government officials alike."--Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation
"David Gumpert has become the official chronicler of the 'raw milk movement' in the United States. The Raw Milk Revolution is a highly readable expose that successfully captures how the controversy over raw milk is at the center of a larger battle between the industrial food system and the local food movement. Gumpert explains how raw milk, more than any other food, threatens proponents of the 'germ theory,' centralized food production, and the 'nanny state.' The Raw Milk Revolution is an extremely important book because it sounds a clear warning that upholding the right to produce and consume raw milk is critical in preserving our food freedoms in general."--Peter Kennedy, President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
"David Gumpert employs his expertise as a professional business writer to dig deep and wide into the exploding raw milk controversy. His compelling analysis of the science, economics, politics and history of 'nature's most perfect food' opens the door to a greater understanding of the major challenges facing our food and agriculture systems today. Anyone concerned with the health of our people, our environment and our democracy should heed his words."--Dean Florez, Majority Leader, California State Senate
"If you want to understand the vocal opposition to food safety laws, you should read Gumpert's book. That's not the only reason to read it though. Even if you have little interest in raw milk, I think this book is a key piece in the puzzle to understanding the backwards priorities in America's food safety system."--Jill Richardson, La Vida Locavore review
"In this fascinating book on raw milk, journalist David Gumpert delves into the messy politics of food safety, which pits government technocrats and prosecutors against farmers, consumers and their advocates. It's a compelling account, one that should be read by any raw milk devotee--and more importantly, by anyone concerned about the broken and arbitrary way the government regulates the food we eat."--Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic Inc: Natural Foods and How They Grew
"The raw milk underground is one of the most contentious battlefields in the revolution to reclaim our food from industrialization, over-processing, and corporate control. In this book, David Gumpert investigates in great detail the health claims of both raw milk advocates and public health officials, as well the legal tactics being employed by government agencies to stop the growing movement to obtain and supply raw milk. His comprehensive analysis effectively deconstructs and illuminates the many complex issues of health, safety, and freedom that are raised by this debate."--Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st edition (November 6, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1603582193
- ISBN-13 : 978-1603582193
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.02 x 0.79 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the fifties, after the invention of antibiotics, I read that dairies in some states, notably California, could be certified as Brucellosis and TB free and would be allowed to sell raw milk. Since we didn't live anywhere near such a place, and my mother was still a fanatic, I didn't pay much attention.
Which brings us to this book. Apparently the "middlemen" in dairy products - the processors and their "friends" in the regulatory agencies are waging war against certified raw milk. The right to drink it is a right not all of us have, due to location, but the government should not be entitled to harass farmers as outlined in this book.
I am of two minds here. Some of the farms Mr. Gumpert describes do not sound clean enough to make me want to buy milk there. Obviously regulation is needed. But, we as citizens, should be entitled to go take a look at a farm, have the health inspectors check it, and buy our milk from it.
States are making a big mistake in helping the processors get rid of small farmers. The raw milk business is not so big that it threatens the big processors. States actually stand to benefit by saving small farms. They provide a way to prevent sprawl using the "carrot" instead of the "stick." If farmers stay in business, they pay taxes, keep out subdivisions (with their infrastructure requirements), and keep the air clean. Furthermore, the more decentralized our food system is, the safer we as a nation are in emergencies.