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March 2010

Before the WI Raw Milk Train Leaves the Station, Let’s Not Forget About Protecting Protesters Like Scott Trautman

By David E. Gumpert From his blog, The Complete Patient I think it’s a good thing that there’s so much back-and-forth about the specifics of the Wisconsin raw milk legislation currently under consideration in the state senate. The prospect of legalizing raw milk in the nation’s second-largest dairy state would probably not have gotten anywhere […]

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WATCH: Addressing the Injustice of Global Food Distribution: A Primer

This charming cartoon from Denis van Waerebeke breaks down the problem of global food distribution imbalances in easy-to-understand terms with a pleasing design and a Douglas Adams-tinged voiceover.To boil it down, the food choices you as an individual make have a real impact on the health and economic situation of people halfway around the world. […]

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Which Health Care Changes Will Be Felt Immediately?

As I’ve said, I don’t want to jinx it, but after more than a year of wrangling and back-and-forth, Republican obstruction, and head-slappingly self-defeating moves by a few conservative Democrats, the rollercoaster ride that is health care reform looks to be coming to its happy conclusion this Sunday. Politics aside, if and when the bill […]

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In Washington, Violence Prompts Debate Over Medical Marijuana

A couple of high-profile episodes of violence against medical marijuana growers in Washington state has helped stir law enforcement officials and marijuana advocates to call for increased protection for growers and consumers. Police officers don’t seem to be overly concerned with protecting marijuana growers, and marijuana growers probably aren’t particularly inclined to trust them in […]

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Health Care Reform Could Also Reform Student Lending

I don’t want to jinx it—I really don’t want to jinx it—but it looks like Congress is poised to pass comprehensive health care reform within the next few days. It’s not perfect (alas, Public Option, you were too beautiful to live), but the status quo is completely out of the question and this legislation will […]

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Goodbye Rat Race, Hello Vegetable Garden

Proving the international appeal of a “radical homemaker” lifestyle, Canada’s Globe and Mail profiles local families that have made the transition. These are people who have chosen to opt out of the rat race and live their lives according to their most precious values: environmental sustainability, social justice, family, and community. They’ve stopped defining themselves […]

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David Gumpert: Whole Foods Discontinues Sales of Raw Milk

By David E. Gumpert From his blog, The Complete Patient The flow of negative news for raw milk drinkers today continues with word that Whole Foods is pulling raw milk from all its retail stores nationwide, effective tomorrow (Saturday) morning. When shoppers show up at any Whole Foods that has been carrying raw milk, they […]

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WATCH: “I love workplace democracy and I love cheese!” Gordon Edgar’s Punk Rock Cheese Story

This video comes to us from Gordon Edgar‘s book launch at Amnesia Bar in San Francisco’s Mission District. Somehow, the red lights and the casual boozy nightlife vibe of the place sort of fit, even though instead of a beat poet up on the stage, it’s the Rainbow Co-op’s resident cheesemonger reading from his punk […]

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Why a Big Mac Costs Less than a Salad

We knew that government subsidies to Big Agribusiness were screwed up, but we didn’t know how badly screwed up until we saw this chart from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (by way of TreeHugger). Want to know why a Big Mac costs less than a salad? It’s because the US government prioritizes meat, dairy—even […]

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The Allure Of For-Profit Universities Grows

The growing popularity of online-only and for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix is causing some to worry about their quality and legitimacy compared to traditional (“brick and mortar”?) colleges. But others see them as one important component of a new model of higher education—what author Anya Kamenetz calls “DIY U.” From NPR: RAZ: Most […]

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