The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Nov 6, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
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Beginning in 2006, the agriculture departments of several large states-with backing from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-launched a major crackdown on small dairies producing raw milk. Replete with undercover agents, sting operations, surprise raids, questionable test-lab results, mysterious illnesses, propaganda blitzes, and grand jury investigations, the crackdown was designed to disrupt the supply of unpasteurized milk to growing legions of consumers demanding healthier and more flavorful food.

The Raw Milk Revolution takes readers behind the scenes of the government's tough and occasionally brutal intimidation tactics, as seen through the eyes of milk producers, government regulators, scientists, prosecutors, and consumers. It is a disturbing story involving marginally legal police tactics and investigation techniques, with young children used as political pawns in a highly charged atmosphere of fear and retribution.

Are regulators' claims that raw milk poses a public health threat legitimate? That turns out to be a matter of considerable debate. In assessing the threat, The Raw Milk Revolution reveals that the government's campaign, ostensibly designed to protect consumers from pathogens like salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, and listeria, was based in a number of cases on suspect laboratory findings and illnesses attributed to raw milk that could well have had other causes, including, in some cases, pasteurized milk.

David Gumpert dares to ask whether regulators have the public's interest in mind or the economic interests of dairy conglomerates. He assesses how the government's anti-raw-milk campaign fits into a troublesome pattern of expanding government efforts to sanitize the food supply-even in the face of ever-increasing rates of chronic disease like asthma, diabetes, and allergies. The Raw Milk Revolution provides an unsettling view of the future, in which nutritionally dense foods may be available largely through underground channels.


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Review: The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights

User Review  - Angela Rudd - Goodreads

This book was both interesting and enlightening, and timely in that I am just now reading it, considering what is going on with the dairy industry, the FDA and aspartame: ... Read full review

Review: The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights

User Review  - Sherral - Goodreads

Things I took away from this book: Deli meat is more dangerous than raw milk. Pasteurization is only needed when milk is being produced in filthy conditions - which is why factory farms have to do it ... Read full review

Selected pages


Why Is the Government Kicking Around a Bunch of Small Dairy Farmers?
Raw Milk and the UpsideDown World of FoodBorne Illness
Why Are We Still Debating Pasteurization?
Picking Up the Pieces
Raw Milk and the Cases of the Disappearing Pathogens
What Are We to Make of So Much Anecdotal Evidence?
Is Raw Milk Really Healthier?
How Dangerous Is Raw Milk Really?
E coli O157H7 and the Education of Mary McGonigleMartin
When It Comes to Food How Much Freedom Should We Have to Take Risks?
Nine Words Ignite a Raw Milk Battle CaliforniaStyle
A Test of Belief Systems
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David E. Gumpert has become a nationally recognized writer and authority on the intersection of food, health, and business by virtue of his widely acclaimed book The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, as well as his provocative and popular blog, The Complete Patient (, and his many articles about food rights on and The Huffington Post. He gained behind-the-scenes access to the key participants and vast government documentation necessary to write Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights. A former reporter with The Wall Street Journal and editor at Inc. and Harvard Business Review, Gumpert has brought his considerable investigative and journalistic experience and business expertise (author or coauthor of seven books about small business and entrepreneurship) to bear in articulating the corporate, legal, and political forces driving Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights.

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

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