David Gumpert

David Gumpert is the author of The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights (Chelsea Green, 2009). He is also a journalist who specializes in covering the intersection of health and business. Read more on his blog.

In New Legal Initiative Against Cheese Maker, FDA Seeks Oversight Over Entirely Local Operation

At first glance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s two-year legal assault on Estrella Family Creamery in Washington state appears entirely vindictive. The FDA seems intent on using its enormous enforcement powers to cruelly stomp on and obliterate a tiny …

Raw deal: Maine residents’ fight for unregulated food draws crackdown

Official "food sovereignty" ordinances in eight Maine towns haven't stopped local officials from suing an area farmer for selling raw milk.

The raw milk martyr

Schmidt in January 2010, after winning his court case.For nearly a month now, Canadian rancher Michael Schmidt has been engaged in a hunger strike. For over 17 years, Schmidt has been crusading for the right to distribute raw milk to …

As Obama pushes for rural jobs, his regulators obliterate them

FDA crackdowns on food clubs across the country intimidate producers at a time when our country can least afford to be trashing jobs and opportunity.

Moms rally to defend raw food club after federal raid

After members of California's Rawesome Food Club were thrown in jail, raw-food proponents, many of them mothers, are uniting in their defense.

Would the FDA let raw milk politics influence its food safety alerts?

The suspicious timing of a press release about tainted raw milk suggests the FDA hypes concerns over this product more than others.

Don't ban raw milk because of the E. coli outbreak

Why is CNN trying to tie the recent European E. coli outbreak to raw milk?

Family (farm) affair: my connection to Eliot Coleman’s rise to prominence

Portrait of the farmer as a young man: Eliot Coleman with children, circa early 1970s.Reprinted with permission from Melissa Coleman. I’m not sure exactly what it means to play a cameo role in a family memoir exploring the roots of …

FDA agents launch covert ops against D.C.-area raw-milk buying club

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just filed a complaint in federal court, seeking a permanent injunction against Amish farmer Dan Allgyer in Pennsylvania. It accuses him of violating a federal prohibition on interstate sales of raw milk by …