Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
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June 21, 2013 The Fourth of July is still days away, but in Maine, local food activists have already declared their independence. Ten towns so far have passed laws that essentially say local food producers don't have to abide by state or federal regulations if they are selling directly to consumers. And the revolutionary fervor has reached the statehouse.
May 22, 2013 Activists say the case against Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger is about raw milk — and much more. His supporters have turned the case into a rallying cry for personal food freedom and the rights of farmers and consumers to enter into private contracts without government intervention.
April 20, 2012 A light piece by food commentator Bonny Wolf sparked strong responses from those for and against the growing movement to sell and drink raw milk. Science, culture and changing social mores create a moving target. Then there are the Saharan camels and Colombian goats.
Raw milk lovers trust the stuff that comes straight from the cow more than they trust the FDA.
March 5, 2012 Public health officials will have a hard time convincing raw milk advocates that the product is dangerous, according to a new study.
John Clark pours raw milk into a glass at Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park, Vt.
February 23, 2012 This week, a court backed the federal government's move to block the sale of raw milk across state lines. That followed a report from federal health officials, which found that the majority of dairy-related illness comes from raw milk. But raw milk advocates say sale of the product should still be legal nationwide.
"Not for human consumption?" Sources tell us this raw milk yogurt was delicious.
October 13, 2011 In a handful of states that ban raw dairy sales for human consumption, it seems some aficionados are taking advantage of a legal loophole: They're buying it as food for Fido.
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