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David E. Gumpert

Entries by David E. Gumpert

Making the Business Case for Dairy Farmer Civil Disobedience

(16) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 3:24 PM

The dairy industry has been in a funk the last couple of years because of over supply and low prices. Ever more milk producers have responded by hitching their wagons to one of the few dairy growth areas: raw milk. Many believe it is a more nutritious product, but let's...

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Foodie Fight: Behind the Scenes of a Blowup Among Local-Food Advocates

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Foodies like to hear about the alleged transgressions of large corporations like Monsanto, Dean Foods, Tyson, and Cargill in promoting the industrial food system. They see dirty politics -- and dangers to the rapidly expanding local-food movement -- in any cooperation between these corporate entities and regulators at the U.S....

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Crying Over Spilled Milk: MA Ag Bureaucrat in Desperate Maneuvers

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2010 | 12:16 PM

Even by Massachusetts political standards, which are quite low, the late-Friday maneuver by Massachusetts' agriculture commissioner was a curious one.

Scott Soares, the Massachusetts commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, is learning the hard way that people don't like arrogant bureaucrats messing with their food,...

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Fight Over Raw Milk Moves East, Amid Charges of Collusion with Big Dairy

(34) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 10:49 AM

The movement to fight off the federal and state campaigns against raw milk over the past three years has been viewed by the mainstream media as pretty much a fringe thing. A bunch of crazy farmers who refuse to send their milk for pasteurization, and even crazier consumers, who insist...

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