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.


Six things you should know before defying the real food police

Growing numbers of folks involved in raw milk and other alternative foods are refusing to abide by government edicts and shutdown orders. Here's what to expect if you join the ranks of the resistance.


USDA wants us to 'know your farmer,' FDA wants us to stay home

A new federal law went into effect last month, supposedly designed to reduce the risk of Salmonella enteritidis contamination, which requires farms with more than 3,000 hens to abide by strict sanitation practices, including keeping customers out of the chicken …

Business & Technology

Want raw milk? Lease a farm — and hire a lawyer

As recent raids on private food-buying clubs indicate, the U.S. is moving closer to judicial consideration of whether consumers can freely opt out of the factory-food system and eat what they want directly from small farms.

Business & Technology

Raids are increasing on farms and private food-supply clubs — here are 5 tips for surviving one

When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn’t know what to say. This was the third time she was being …


What Is Our "Right" to Opt Out of the Industrial Food System?

Slavery. Women prohibited from voting. No home schooling allowed. No interracial marriage. These were all official government policy at one time in America’s history, and have since been rejected by the courts. Now, the courts should break with another major …


Organic Valley lays down the law on raw milk

Organic Valley started up in 1988 with a vision of being a different kind of milk cooperative, one that helped save small family dairies via promoting organic dairy products. “It was an idealistic, mission-oriented place in those days, spreading the …


In Court Case, FDA Takes a Strong Stand Against Unabridged Food and Health Rights

The expanding battle over raw milk has come to be seen by many advocates as a battle over food rights. Do we have a right to consume the foods of our choice? Or can the government restrict our access, or …


Why it matters that the FDA is beating USDA for control of food system

Small-scale food producers and farmers have been vocal about their concerns that the Senate will pass highly burdensome food-safety legislation. Equally worried, but much less vocal, is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It frets over major gains by its arch-rival, …

Business & Technology

Is raw milk becoming too popular for its own good?

Whatha’s looking it? As raw milk’s popularity grows, so does scrutiny. It’s been a tough twelve months for proponents of raw milk. Last April, as many as 81 Colorado consumers were sickened by campylobacter associated with raw milk. Last September, …