My newest book, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights ", is out.
Here is what farmer and food rights advocate Joel Salatin says in the foreword: "David Gumpert is a quintessential journalist. Impeccable to a fault, he plucks out some of the most salient battles in this current food war and brings them to our awareness with the storytelling genius of a spy novel. The intrigue, the angst, the heartache, and the heroism are all displayed ..." (Click on the book's image in the left column to order yours.)
My Testimony to the Vermont Legislature on Raw Milk Risk
I testified before the Vermont House on Thursday April 10 on the risks associated with raw milk. I tried to provide a broad perspective, comparing risks associated with raw milk to other foods, and distinguishing between mild illnesses and severe illnesses.
Living Healthy: In Pursuit of Food Rights
In this video interview with Sheryl Turgeon of the show "Living Healthy", I provide a history and assessment of why more people are concerned about the integrity of our food system, and why many are shifting to buying their food privately, directly from producers.
Presto! How 21 Illnesses from Raw Milk Turned into 20,000-Plus
Using unusual epidemiological methodologies, along with curious mathematical modeling and extrapolations, a CDC-sponsored study reckoned there were more than 20,000 illnesses from raw milk in Minnesota, rather than the 21 that had been previously reported by public health authorities as attributable to raw milk. Quite a leap. In an article on Alternet, I examine the creative math behind this highly questionable study, which received wide media attention.
How the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics Coordinated Efforts to Slam Raw Milk
In late 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics put out press releases within a few days of each other with big news about the supposed dangers of raw milk. It turned out the announcements were likely coordinated by the two agencies to sabotage the growing campaign on behalf of raw milk in state legislatures, as I document in this article in PR Watch.
A Model for Reconciliation Over Raw Milk?
How a six-year effort by proponents and opponents, in the first state to ban raw milk sales, led to a remarkable meeting of the minds. The working group succeeded by rejecting key FDA tenets about raw milk and nutrient-dense food. In this Modern Farmer article, I detail how the agreement came to be, and its key conclusions.
Inside Story of a "Juror Revolt" in Amish Raw Milk Trial
Jurors who convicted raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger of a single count of violating a hold order were so upset after the trial to learn the real facts about that charge, that they petitioned the judge in the case. This amazing story of jurors with a conscience was the most read article for a week at Modern Farmer.
Dairy Farmer Vernon Hershberger Wins Big in Criminal Trial
Here is some of my coverage of the Wisconsin trial of farmer Vernon Hershberger, on criminal charges of failing to have retail and dairy licenses.
4 Questions Raised by the Amish Raw Milk Trial
In this article in Modern Farmer, I explore the possible legal ramifications of the trial of Wisconsin raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger.
FDA and Health Canada Hone in on Limiting Raw Milk Brie and Camembert
The American and Canadian health agencies have just published a 189-page report arguing that the soft raw milk cheeses are up to 160 times likelier than pasteurized milk cheeses to cause illness...even though there are no reported illnesses. How did they come to their conclusions? I try to figure it out, in this article on Food Safety News.
Without Fanfare, CDC Reports a Sharp Decline in Foodborne Illnesses
You'd think the CDC would be celebrating a one-third decline in foodborne illnesses, but instead, it buried the information in a new report. In this article in Food Safety News, I explain how CDC hid the data, and why it's important.
The Food Safety Police May Have an Eye on Your Kitchen
As well intentioned as the proposed restrictions on sugary drinks in New York City appear, they are really another step down an unfortunate path of food regulation. In this analysis on Cooking Up a Story, I argue that, in our growing obsession with food safety and public health, we risk creating a legal and regulatory quagmire over food.
Raw Deal: Maine Residents' Fight for Unregulated Food Draws Crackdown
Eight Maine towns have passed simple ordinances that allow farmers and other food producers to sell their products direct to consumers, without having to worry about permits and regulations--known as Food Sovereignty laws. The towns thought there might be opposition from the state and feds, but nothing on the scale that's occurring. In this article on Grist, I chronicle a court suit against one farmer, threats of another against a second farmer, high-level political maneuvering, and efforts to link non-dairy-related illnesses to farmers producing raw milk.
Raw Milk Debate: Thorny Issues of Food Safety, Food Rights, and Public Health
In this article at CookingUpaStory, I provide an overview on the polarizing and emotional debate over availability of raw milk.
America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen conducted one of the most informative, and most fair, debates on the the pros and cons of raw milk--and included me as one of the participants explaining how it all relates to food rights (scroll to the 15-minute mark on the recording bar to get to the start of the debate). To access the segment, you have to join America's Test Kitchen (free), then go to the main web site (link above). Click on "Radio" at the top, and then scroll down to the April 28, 2012, show, about "Raw Milk".
The New Yorker podcast
The New Yorker magazine of April 30, 2012, has a lengthy article about raw milk, which includes a quote of me. Unfortunately, I can't include a link, since the article is available only to paid subscribers. But a podcast done by the magazine to go with the issue includes an interview with me.
Harvard Law School debate on raw milk
I participated in a debate on the pros and cons of raw milk at Harvard Law School in February--I was on the pro side with Sally Fallon, and we debated a lawyer and state agriculture official who opposed. More than 100 people attended the debate in Cambridge, MA, and more than 26,000 viewed the video in the weeks afterward.Here's the video--it consists of about one hour of presentations, and a half hour of incisive questions from the audience.
HERE ARE ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS IN CONNECTION WITH MY PREVIOUS BOOK, The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights IT ALSO HAS A GREAT FORWARD BY JOEL SALATIN, AND LOTS OF NICE THINGS SAID ABOUT IT (SEE BELOW LEFT OF THIS PAGE).