Conventional vs Organic for Dairy Farming–One Dairy Farmer’s Perspective

When I was first thinking about this series, I remembered one of my college roommates (L) grew up on a small dairy farm in WI, and that her family had switched from conventional to organic. L graciously agreed to answer my questions for this article, and we recently had a lively discussion about organic dairy … Continue reading Conventional vs Organic for Dairy Farming–One Dairy Farmer’s Perspective

Organic vs Conventional Farming–New Series

As I've begun the research process on organic vs conventional farming, I've realized that this is too complicated an issue to cover in one blog post. For starters, organic dairy farming vs conventional dairy farming brings a different set of issues than organic crop farming vs conventional crop farming. A small, family-run farm may also … Continue reading Organic vs Conventional Farming–New Series

“My sour milk will give me food poisoning, right?” or Food Spoilage vs Food Safety

The milk is a little past its expiration date, but we need some for our coffee or cereal, so we sniff the gallon to decide whether it's still "good". If it smells sour, we make a face and toss it down the drain, preferably with water running to wash it away as quickly as possible. We dodged … Continue reading “My sour milk will give me food poisoning, right?” or Food Spoilage vs Food Safety

“Best By”, “Sell By”, “Use By”… Is my expired food safe to eat or not?

So you go to the fridge to pull your yogurt and notice it expired two days ago. Should you throw it out? Eat it? Only use it in cooked foods? What about eggs? Milk? Produce? What if it expired two weeks ago? Food labeling in the U.S. is highly confusing. Partially because of this, Americans … Continue reading “Best By”, “Sell By”, “Use By”… Is my expired food safe to eat or not?

Raw milk–healthier or just plain dangerous?

Confession--I grew up drinking raw milk, and as far as I know, I never got sick off it. I also like the taste of raw milk better than home-pasteurized milk, which tends to get overcooked and taste gross. However, I also remember straining straw, dust, and occasionally dried manure out of the milk (stuff falls … Continue reading Raw milk–healthier or just plain dangerous?