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Raw Deal: Lodi Dairy Farmers Fight State for Control of Raw Milk

By Tina Wright

In Lodi, NY Steve and Barbara Smith and their family milk five to ten cows, mostly Jerseys and Jersey-crosses with a little Holstein-Dutch Belted mixed into the blood-line. They bottle their raw (unpasteurized) milk or make it into yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, butter and cream. Then they get the milk products into the hands of the herd’s owners, 110 local people who form a limited liability corporation, Meadowsweet LLC.

In March 2007, after months of an increasingly hostile regulatory approach from New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Smiths formed the partnership to make every raw milk “customer” instead a part-owner of the cow herd. A trend all over the country similar to Community Supported Agriculture, buying cow shares enables people to enjoy raw milk and raw milk products since owners can drink their own raw milk, with relatively little government interference. However, in Meadowsweet’s case, a protracted legal battle with the state has ensued.

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Food Choices to Slow Global Warming

By George Eisman, RD

Human-induced climate change, most commonly known of as “global warming,” has been getting caring people the world over to contemplate what they can do individually to help stop this trend.

When it comes to diet, there are (at least) three characteristics of foods that you may choose to purchase that have powerful ramifications for climate change.

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The Straight Poop on Kitty Litter

By Kristie Snyder,
Marketing Assistant

Tom Shelley has five cats. He’s also very interested in sustainability issues, and trying to reduce household expenses in preparation for retirement, so he was shocked to find that he was spending $400 a year on disposal of cat litter – 50 to 60 pounds a week, heading straight to the landfill. (He estimated this to be 80 percent of his household’s non-recyclable waste.)

Shelley knew there had to be a better way. According to Judd Alexander, in his 1993 book In Defense of Garbage, over two million tons of cat litter ends up in landfills annually. And most of it is made of bentonite clay, a non-renewable, non-biodegradable product strip-mined from the earth for the sole purpose of being, well, pooped in. Shelley began researching compostable litters.

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New in Grocery

It is Your Dastony

Adam Morris,
Grocery Manager

dastony-nut-buttersRaw nut butters are nutritious and delicious, and we have a great variety. Also new — Organic Valley chocolate milk!

Have you ventured into the luscious and delicious world of raw nut butters yet? We've brought in some of the most incredible, creamy, and scrumptious goods out there. Dastony (Stone Ground Goodness!) offers raw cashew butter, raw sprouted sunflower-seed butter, raw sprouted pumpkin-seed butter, raw sprouted almond butter, raw hemp-seed butter, and raw tahini. The pumpkin-seed butter, a bright and vibrant green, adds wonderful color to your plate as well! Dastony's sister company, Rawtella, has the most amazing raw chocolate spread flavored with hazelnuts. Made to mimic Nutella, this raw, organic version contains neither fillers nor corn syrup. Then there's the full line of raw bars from Gnosis Chocolates that just came in, sweetened with organic coconut sugar or stevia. And, if raw isn't your thing but chocolate is, move on over to the refrigerated case, where we're now stocking Organic Valley's chocolate milk! Deep milk chocolate with creamy goodness, right in the dairy section!

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