A couple weeks ago, we heard about the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine's petition to ban milk in school lunches. This week, the group has taken the fight to an ad campaign.
Forget the school vending machine fights. An anti-cheese group says that innocent-looking carton of milk on lunch trays is the real culprit for our children's weight woes.
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit group known for bucking conventional nutrition wisdom, advocates for vegan alternatives to dairy. Earlier this year, it unleashed a campaign against milk-based products, showing people grabbing their excess fat and attributing the weight to cheese. Some folks called the campaign "obnoxious and offensive," but with the latest ad tactic, the group seems to have has toned things down a bit.
At long last, our dreams have come true and David Duchovny is starring in a movie called GOATS in which he plays a hairy "goat man" who hangs out with goats and bleats (that's the best part!) Watch the trailer below for the full synopsis:
In GOATS, Ellis (Graham Phillips) is the most adult member of his eccentric family at 15 years old. His mom (Vera Farmiga) is a New Age hippie that spends all of her time working on self-help rituals with her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). His dad (Ty Burrell) left home years ago and is more focused on his new wife (Keri Russell) and family. And then there's Goat Man (David Duchovny), the goat-herding sage who has lived in their pool house since Ellis was a child, teaching him the meaning of stability, commitment, and expanding one's mind.
How here's a dish for summer...and fall, and winter and spring (alright, these would be delicious any time). Brought to you by Food52 we hope you enjoy them:
These blintzes are light, lemony and not too sweet. Our office mate Avi shared the recipe with me, which is his grandmother's, and I've been wanting to make it for months now. I finally did, and let's just say I'll be making it for years to come.
Happie the goat has surpassed all expectations and made the Guinness Book of World Records for "Farthest Distance Skateboarding by a Goat." Her record-setter was 118 ft/ 36m. Happie's owners are very proud. Watch Happie's skills below:
The National Milk Producers Federation is putting pressure on Congress to come out the farm and see just how tough it is to make a living. The goal is to underline the importance of passing the new five year Farm Bill before the end of 2012:
“NMPF believes this type of one-on-one dialogue will enable members in both the House and the Senate to see firsthand the need for passing a five-year farm bill, including the vital reforms to the nation’s dairy policy in the form of the Dairy Security Act (DSA),” said NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak.
While we were celebrating cheese in Raleigh last week, Madame Fromage was doing her own cheese celebrating, and simultaneously paving the way for next year's American Cheese Society Conference in Madison. She's got tips for anyone going next year:
Since the American Cheese Society 2013 Conference promises to be in the Dairy State next August, let me suggest a roadtrip. Wisconsin is an awesome state to explore for anyone who enjoys cabins and creamery hopping. Think of it as the Vermont of the Midwest — you’ll see beards, birds, and roadside cheese curds at every turn. My favorite areas outside Madison are: 1) The Driftless Region in the center of the state, where rock formations and rolling hills lead to blissful little hippy towns like Viroqua; 2) The Great River Road that runs along the Mississippi River, linking inns, biker bars, fish fries, and pie bakeries.
Earlier this summer we heard about a new app that will alert farmers when cows are suffering from heat stress, allowing the farmers to take preventative action before the cow falls into bad health. NPR has more on this story, including the question: will farmers actually use it?
Research assistant Brad Scharf shows a group of teenagers clad in jeans and cowboy boots how to measure a cow's respiration. The app is still being tested, and these members from the 4-H Club and the National FFA Organization, formerly the Future Farmers of America, are the testers.
Valley Shepherd Creamery, a name you may recognize from last week's ACS competition where they took second place overall for their Crema De Blue, has ditched their van for a bike in NYC. The creamery owns a shop in Park Slope, and each week they set up booths at local farmer's markets. Now that they've found a bicycle trailer, they transport all supplies via bike:
Now, with two markets successfully set up, run and broken down without a big clunky van under her belt, Safer believes the transition to the bike trailers as their means of transportation is the only way to go for local businesses looking to cut down on costs.
“Every vendor at the market dealing with a truck looked at our bike trailer and said, ‘Holy Mackerel, that’s a great idea!’” Safer explained.
This fun fact posted on
Huffington Post bodes well for craft brewers and for people who drink craft beer (ahem...us!). In short, craft brewers are popping up everywhere, and nothing is stopping them:
Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association made note of one particularly amazing statistic:
Beer-passionate Americans are opening breweries at a rate faster than at any time since the day Prohibition ended for the beverage of moderation. There is nearly a new brewery opening for every day of the year, benefiting beer lovers and communities in every area across the country.
Last week's events at the American Cheese Society Conference and Competition were exciting (and delicious) for all. With a record-setting number of entries, the competition itself was quite exciting. Cheese Underground was in attendance, and captured some great info at the awards ceremony. Read all about it here:
The awards ceremony highlighted the growing diversity of American artisan cheeses, with new companies from Montana to Maine earning ribbons in categories once dominated by Wisconsin cheesemakers. It was great to see cheesemakers across the United States embrace the growing artisan cheese movement.