May 2009

South View – Eagle Harbor with tomatoes, peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, strawberries, peppers and corn.

North View

This is our second year with this garden.  I grew up with a big garden and cows, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and a few too many cats and dogs.  Now, a small garden and

There has been much in the way of worry by farmers, especially the small, sustainable, organic, locavores about the new food safety legislation.  I have read the latest version of the draft H.R. 759 and here are some thoughts on its impact on small farmer/producer/manufacturers, as well as some other thoughts.

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All things turn out OK sometimes:

New York Times – For Personal-Injury Lawyer, Michael Pollan’s Book Is Worth Fighting For

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Washington State U. Reinstates ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ as Common-Reading Choice

The Daily Evergreen – The Donation revives Common Reading

Seattle Business Journal – E. coli lawyer solves WSU ‘Dilemma’

Andrew Schneider over at allowed me to co-post this great story.

Scientists worry that the “new,” “completely safe” butter flavoring used on popcorn and in other foods may be as dangerous as the lung-destroying chemical, called diacetyl, that it replaced.

Diacetyl-linked jury verdicts of tens of millions of dollars for injured flavoring workers and

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks associated with lettuce or spinach, specifically “pre-washed” and “ready-to-eat” varieties, are by no means a new phenomenon. By way of illustration:

– In October 2003, thirteen residents of a California retirement home were sickened, and two people died, after eating E. coli-contaminated, pre-washed spinach;

– In September 2003, nearly forty patrons

So, what are adequate consumer warnings on bottles of Raw Milk?  What if you contrast it to blog posts and videos by the manufacturer touting the miraculous benefits of Raw Milk?  What about the endorsements by Weston Price (goodness – exposure to liability there)?  Raw Milk, like any food product – If a manufacturer wants